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.