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Due to unforeseen issues, there will be changes to the advertised route and meeting point.


The council have closed a large section of the racecourse and our hosts, Lyte Ladders have had a change of management and will no longer be able to host the event.


To prevent cancelling the event, we have made some last-minute changes


The starting point will be located opposite the Citroen car dealership on Phoenix Way and identified by the Paul Popham inflatable race arch.


Registration will be at the Paul Popham Office located here:

11 Tawe Business Village, Swansea Enterprise Park, Llansamlet, Swansea, SA7 9LA.


There will be parking available at this location.


The new route can be viewed below:




Apologies for the late changes, but hopefully you will still enjoy our race.

Local Running Club Hits the Vegas Strip

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18 members of the Paul Popham Running Club took part in the las Vegas rock ‘n’ roller marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k event this weekend..

Founder of the Running Club, Joanne Popham, always had the ambition to run the New York Marathon to celebrate her 50th birthday.  Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get places in the New York Marathon which welcomes runners from all over the world, so she is doing something a bit different – a run along the infamous Vegas Strip.

Jo will also be using this race as part of her training and build-up to her first marathon in her 50th year the 2020 London Marathon with other members from the club who also run Vegas- Steve and Lisa Arnold and Amber Brundle.

Commenting on the Vegas run, Jo said, “I really wanted to do something momentous for my 50th birthday and the New York Marathon was top of my bucket list.  As this wasn’t possible, while on a training run at the beginning of this year, with one of our club leaders and coach, Steve Arnold, he suggested Vegas. I can’t quite believe it has come around so quickly and can’t thank Steve Arnold enough for organising this iconic trip for the club out of the 19 of us 1 Ran his first marathon, Leigh Beasley, 3 ran the 10k Nicola Probert, Mario Moruzzi and Abigail Hewitt with the rest of us running the half marathon myself Steve and Lisa Arnold, Dave Bivens, Donna ford also her first half, Anna Powell, Amber Brundle, Simone Evans, dean and Andrea Matthews, Melissa Ferreira, Jos O’Sullivan Andrea Thomas and Kasia Luszczki and not forgetting our team supporter Stephen Rees. It’s just fantastic to see so many come from learning to run to now running many half’s and to have run such an iconic race it has been an amazing experience for us all. We ran the strip as one team – ladies in Welsh Flag Skirts and gentleman in welsh flag shorts! We are so excited!”

The runners flew to Vegas on 13th November and ran their races on19th November 2019. Any funds raised from this run will go to the Paul Popham Renal Fund Wales Charity.


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WEST GLAM XC RETURNS FOR 2019/20 SEASON http://www.westglamleague.co.uk/

Next Sunday 20th October sees the return of the West Glam XC league with the Llanmadoc race. Due to beach erosion, last year’s alternative course will be used again this year, which will be about 4.5 miles and a mixture of gravel, grass and sand.

This season we need to get a consistent number of both male and female members at these events to ensure we build up points and show club participation. Remember, you are racing against your division and not all runners, so even if you finished in position 100, that could still mean you finish in the top 10 of your division. I won’t confuse you with the points scoring as it’s not necessary, but the West Glam website explains it if you really want to know.

After the success of the men’s team winning the league and promotion last season, we will be presented with our trophy at this event.

The race starts at 11:00 with registration open at 9:45. This event is at risk due to parking issues and upsetting residents, so we need to car share where possible. The plan will be to meet at the LC for 9:00-9:15 and leave for the event by 9:30.

If you would like to participate in this event, please comment below so I can get numbers together and we can sort out car share.

Other West Glam Info
You are running for Paul Popham Running Club so you MUST wear the green and black club top.

Make a note of your Welsh Athletics Affiliation/membership number which will be on your membership card or available by going to the Welsh Athletics website. You will need this when registering for the event and paying his is important as some events will NOT allow guest runners.

There will be limits placed on entries into each race this season due to capacity limits of venues, but I will advise if we need to reduce our numbers on any race, but I’m not guessing this will be an issue for our club based on previous seasons. For Llanmadoc, there will be no guest runners, so you must be affiliated to Paul Popham Running Club Club to race.

All clubs have been also asked to be mindful of course volunteers and that the XC is a race, so all those participating should be able to run the whole course.

The fees have increased this season to £4 affiliated and £6 unaffiliated.


Steve Arnold, Team Manager

PPRC Annual Xmas Dinner & Awards Night

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PPRC annual Christmas Dinner & awards are back at the Dragon hotel for 2019!

The event of the year is on Friday 29th November and starts at 6 pm, we will be sitting down for dinner at 7 pm. Tickets cost £30 & include a three-course meal, band & DJ. Our host again this year is the OUTSTANDING Badger – The Wave!

To book please can you fill in this SurveyMonkey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QB5FRWV & pay your £30 by Friday 15th November. If you have any dietary requirements please get in touch with Sian Rabi-Laleh who will send you the relevant menu. On the form, you can also pre-order drinks (meaning they’re cheaper) and reserve a hotel room at a special rate. All drinks and the hotel room also have to be paid for by Friday 15th November. Any questions email Sian via enquiries@paulpophamrunningclub.co.uk

Cardiff Half went off with a BOOM 💥

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CHM19 went off with a BOOM 💥

Starting off with a PPRC Road Trip courtesy of a Team Manager Mr Stephen Arnold – to organise over 100 of us to get on the bus was a marathon in itself and helped create an amazing day! From start to finish we were☝️one team 💚! On behalf of the club I salute Mr Arnold! Days like yesterday, CHM2019, make you realise what this club is all about – running family – inclusivity!

From Michael Roderick our first man in beating his PB and running up there with the best Gemma Savage our First Lady in and a PB to Ian Welsh and Ian Harris beating their PB’s by an incredible amount to Amber Brundle and Helen Nicholas beating theirs by an amazing 12 mins! And to our amazing Catherine Rice coming back just 2weeks after being off for months and celebrating her 31.5 x 2 birthday today! Happy birthday! And to every one of us who ran will have stories and memories to share forever.

Of course, a massive thank you to the charity team: David Bivens Leah Morgan Sian Rabi-laleh Cath McGrath Jonathon Andrew Fiona Jones Dan Jones Mike Jones Helen Nicholas between them will have raised £3000 for the Paul Popham Fund to send children with kidney disease to a Christmas day out with their family! Training plus fundraising = blood sweat and tears! Thank you 😊

Finally to our support crew – Stephen Rees Helen Richards David Richards Helen Bivens Megan Amy Bivens George Bivens Nicola BrooksDonna Smallbones Alun Evans Tom Morris Ann Morris Summer & Adrian Thomas Karrim Rabi-laleh and our lucky mascot ‘Best Dressed – Stunning Seren Rabi-Laleh’- mercy no quo!

So much to look forward to before the end of this year to celebrate at our end of year awards night! Let’s make that night a night to remember!!!



OneTeam ☝️