Hard work pays off, members of Pencoed Tri Club make the papers. Nigel’s ride to Paris covered in a national magazine and members who took part in the Hoka Winter Trail recognised in local paper.
**Fantastic opportunity to win Evsy’s Argon TT speed machine.**
Following much thought Evsy has decided to raffle his beloved Argon TT bike, affectionately named ‘Annie’, which powered his amazing journey to completing the Long Course Weekend in 2016, and achievement of a lifelong goal.
By raffling ‘Annie’ someone else will benefit from this bike’s supreme speed and use to achieving their goal, whilst enabling Evsy to put the money raised towards funding his families dreams and aspirations.
As we are sure you are all aware Evsy was diagnosed in February 2016 with a terminal brain tumour. With the support of his family and friends, Mike has raised a considerable amount of money for Velindre and Brain Cancer Trust.
This raffle and therefore all the money raised will be donated to Evsy for him and the family to determine how it should be used.
A RAFFLE TICKET COSTS £25 PER TICKET. MULTIPLE TICKETS CAN BE BOUGHT.
DON’T FORGET TO PROVIDE THE JUST GIVING PAGE WITH YOUR FULL NAME WHEN MAKING PAYMENT
2015 Argon 18 TT Bike (Model E-116)
Medium size frame;
Full 6800 Ultegra Group set (11 Speed);
Ultegra 6800 53/39 Crankset;
Fast Forward F9R wheelset;
Zipp Vuka Cockpit with Dura ace shifters;
Well maintained with limited dry training miles and 2 races.
£25 PER TICKET visit
A very hilly half marathon with spectacular views on the stunning tracks and trails of Margam country park and the upper forestry.
Well done to Mike Edwards (below) taking first place for Pencoed Tri, Dave Spry, Steven Bassett, Jan Jones plus myself for finishing a tough event.
There was more training and supporting with a number of Park Runs and Dan Morgan riding to support runners taking on the Brecon to Cardiff ultra.
Best of luck to one of our coaches Pops “Andrew Martin” entering the Düsseldorf ETU Sprint Championships this year. We wish him best of luck with upcoming training and for the event itself.
REACH YOUR POTENTIAL
We welcome all club members to come join us every Wednesday during winter months at Litchard Community hall at 7pm. The session is structured and motivating, you WILL improve your bike fitness and you WILL get faster. All levels catered for from our elite athletes to our novice improveres. We can provide loan Turbos if you contact us before hand. Let’s get the numbers up and support your club. Sessions taken by qualified triathlon coaches.
Times can sometimes change but notification will be given.
Towel 100% needed.
Cadance and HR monitor handy to have
Power Meters handy to have
The Beast 10k
Sunday 5th February, 2017
Cwm Ogwr Running Club
It was a bitterly cold and crisp Sunday morning, and 187 shivering runners including 11 from Pencoed Triathlon Club were about to take on the ‘The Beast 10k’ – a challenging trail run with over 1300ft of ascent through the forests and the hills of Ogmore Vale.
Just before the 10 a.m. start, the briefing Marshal explained the usual safety instructions: tread carefully on the slippery sections, try to avoid the areas of uneven terrain, be mindful of other runners around you, oh and never stare the beast in the eyes – it upsets him. OK, so that last bit was made up but there was definitely a sense of foreboding among the line-up of runners with faint whisperings of nervous excitement about what lie ahead…..and then the whistle sounded and we were off.
There was no gentle introduction to this trail, no gradual build-up, no easing you into a false sense of security – nope this was straight into a 9% incline for ¾ of a mile over loose gravel, mud, grass, stone, and puddles. The front runners quickly set off at pace seemingly oblivious to the forces of gravity, while the rest of us adopted a more sensible approach of digging-deep, breathing heavily, and jostling for the straightest and least undulating path to the top.
Following this first hill was yet another hill of similar distance and lung-busting characteristics, which opened out to a fantastic view of the rolling hills, the fir tree forests, and the winding valley below. The sheep undeterred by the flurry of activity around them kept themselves busy trimming the green and luscious fields, and leaving the odd foot-squelching surprise along the paths.
After the hills, came a small flat section providing the legs with welcome relief and the marshals re-assured us there was nice down-hill to come. Thankfully, they were telling the truth.
A knee-crunching, arm-swinging, gazelle bouncing bliss of a descent lay before us. It was fantastic! The pitter-patter of shoe on gravel, the metronomic sound of less-laboured breathing, the sweet surround of birdsong, and the theme-tune of Disney’s Frozen – “Let It Go, Let It Go, Don’t Hold Me Back Anymore” ringing aloud (or maybe that was just me!).
At the bottom of the hill, the Marshalls clapped and cheered us on (they were awesome like that), but this time there was menace in their smile, a smugness in their voice, an evil glint in their eye, as if they knew what we were about to confront but dared not tell us…………and now I know why.
The next section aptly named ‘The Beast’ was an 11+% incline of 600ft ascent over just 1 mile. It was a torturous, quad-burning, lung-bursting, calf-tearing, hamstring howling nightmare of a hill and quite frankly it hurt to walk it let alone jog it. It was hill, with a second helping of hill, with a side of hill, and a hill dessert – come to think of it – it was just one big hurty hill!
Hilly McHill Face
It’s hard to recall a description of this part of the route since the mind was busy making excuses for the pain, but as the trees either side of the path funnelled you inevitably upwards, and the river below faded ever more into the distance, the eventual sight of a Marshall brought hope of an end to the enduring suffering. Handing out some energy in the form of Jelly Babies, the lovely Marshall reminded us that we were ‘nearly at the top’. Digging deep and pressing on, the mind wondered how far ‘nearly’ meant, until finally the sight of the water station marked the half-way-point and the end of the brutal beast.
After a quick thirst-quenching drink, we followed a route that eased into a flat and downward sloping section with tall fir trees to the left, and the whirring of giant wind turbines to the right.
By now the runners had spread thinly, and as I entered a dark and dense section of forestry the temperature dropped, the air was still and cold, and the trees were no longer tall and straight but twisted and contorted into impossible shapes. There was something eerily out of place at this section – had I taken a wrong turn? Then suddenly from deep within the darkness, two large eyes startled into view. Oh crap, was this an actual Beast? Had it been waiting all year for a chance to leap onto lone runner and devour him without trace? I knew I should have been running quicker! Was I to become part of Ogmore Vale myth and legend?…….. “Baaaaa”……….nope it was just a bloody sheep! Phew – panic over. It darted past faster than I was jogging and sped off in the direction of the grassy fields.
With the major hills of ‘The Beast’ behind us, and the threat of man-eating sheep gone, the following downhills gave chance of some heart-rate recovery and an opportunity to improve the average pace.
The descent was equally as fun as the previous ones, except this time with the finish getting closer there was an added sense of urgency, and my calves and shins took more of a punishment than they cared for as I hunted down prey from fellow running clubs. At the bottom, just one more short and up-hill section stood in our way, before reaching the final mile of madness to the finishing line.
Descending quickly into the valley, the sound of cheers and clapping for those who had finished echoed reassuringly in the distance below. At speed, the winding downward slopes were loose and treacherous and careful foot placing and quick route adjustments were a must. Then with one final burst of sprinting down the last steep and slippery section, the end of this brutal but thoroughly enjoyable run had finally come. Fellow team-mates, and other club runners abound gave rancorous applause and it was a relief to finally be in their welcoming company.
To Nigel Bungay, Joey Howland, Mike Edwards, Daniel Morgan, Damien Crombie, James O’Flaherty, Lauren Davies, Chris Adams, Steve Basset and James Davies – we have tamed the beast………..until next year.
Thanks also to Stephen Summers, Alan Kerr, and Steve Brace for cheering us on at the finishing line and for capturing some great photos.
It was a Cold, Cloudy, Damp and Wet morning on the 5th February 2017 in the Ogmore Valley, where Cwm Ogwr Running Club were hosting the 2nd Annual Event of (THE BEAST) 10k run. The course is a Trail Run that consisted of Stones, Gravel, Mud, Grass and a lot of Sheep mess ha-ha. The event attracted a lot of runners from numerous running clubs making up a total of 187 runners. Among these runners were 11 athletes of Pencoed Tri Club, Nigel Bungay, Joey Howland, Mike Edwards, Daniel Morgan, Damien Crombie, James O’Flaherty, Lauren Davies, Chris Adams, Steven Bassett, Lee Griffiths and James Davies.
At 10:00am all athletes were at the start line ready to take on The Beast. The whistle sounded and we were off. The first part of the race sore us take on 2 segments which were:
1. Rhiwglyn Climb to the Gate – 1.2k Long, 112m Climb at 8.9% Incline.
2. Cemetery Road Climb – 1.1k Long, 111m Climb at 10% Incline.
After climbing these 2 segments we were not far from the top of the mountain where we were welcomed to a nice, Free Falling and Wind Milling action decent for about 1.3k on ankle breaking terrain. When at the bottom of the descent, boy was there a surprise at the bottom corner. It was that time to start the grueling and an absolute leg burner of a climb (THE BEAST) which definitely lives up to its name. After concurring this absolute monster of a hill all athletes were all finally at the top of The Beast out of breath with not much energy left to say hi to the Marshals, but in the distance we were welcomed by much needed refreshments where we could refuel and take on some much needed energy and most importantly get our breath back and go again for the second half of the race.
3. The Beast – 2k Long, 167m Climb at 7.1% Incline
4. Aber School to Top of the Beast – 5k Long, 224m Climb at 4.4% Incline.
Now the hardest part of the race was over, it was time for a bit of fun as all runners could let loose and absolutely let rip as they took on the 1.5k long Decent of (THE BEAST). A lot of Speed, Tears and Wind Milling action were seen on this part of the loose gravel and loose stoned course by the Cwm Ogwr Marshalls, which I must say did a fantastic job through out the race.
5. Beast Decent – 1.5k Long, 151m Decent at -9.4% Decent
Now at the bottom of (THE BEAST) climb we had 1 final climb left to complete and get back to the top of the mountain where the finishing line was almost insight. After that final climb where all athletes legs must have been giving up on them and really hurting we were finally at the top and welcomed with an incredible view of the Ogmore Valley below us. Now it was time to enjoy that final Free Falling run back to the finishing line where our Family, Team Mates, Fellow Club Runners, Marshals and all the great supporters who braved the cold weather to come along and show their support, greeted us all. Now over the finishing line Hurting, Aching and out of breath but with a smile on our faces we can all say that we have concurred (THE BEAST) and will be back again next year.
• 17th Nigel Bungay – 45:39:00
• 35th Joey Howland – 50:25:00
• 37th Mike Edwards – 50:39:00
• 38th Daniel Morgan – 50:41:00
• 58th Damien Crombie – 54:14:00
• 65th James O’Flaherty – 55:32:00
• 80th Lauren Davies – 57:50:00
• 81st Chris Adams – 57:51:00
• 86th Steven Bassett – 58:32:00
• 97th Lee Griffiths – 01:00:42
• 146th James Davies – 01:10:51
N.B – Many thanks to Joey for this race report, setting a president for many more like it in the future….
Well done to Nigel Bungay taking 17th place today in what was one hilly race. Congratulations to all members who took part with everyone getting very respectable times and finishing a beast of a course. Full race report to follow. Well done to Pencoed Tri.
Based around Porthcawl. The distances are as follows. A 750m sea swim followed by a 22k undulating bike and then a flatish 5k run along the sea front.
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Support your local club events. A great race to make your club Championship Race for 2017
A welcoming friendly race open to beginners and elite alike.