Great Western Runners

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What could be more fun to do on the 10th November than head off to the Brecon Beacons to play in the mud?

The second fixture of the Gwent League was held at Parc de Pugh, a different location to the one usually used in Brecon (however, that will be rectified in February when we return to the Penlan course).  This venue ran alongside the river (possibly the Usk?) and was a long, fairly skinny course bounded on the river on one side and the Taff Trail on the other and boasting a circumnavigation of the sewage works at the mid-point - lovely!  That said, it was a glorious valley filled with truly vibrant autumn colours.

As with all the Gwent fixtures, the place was buzzing with activity when we arrived and whilst all earlier rain had cleared leaving a clear, blue sky, it was really soggy underfoot.

With only a short time to get ready for the Ladies race there was not much chance to check out the course, only at the start line did we find out that this was just a one lap race with a little extra loop tagged on - really different from the usual format but one which made sense as the race progressed.

The results ran as follows:

Senior Ladies: Lucy Ellis, Emma Oughton, Veronica Ford, Rita Davies, Pat Parr, Audrey Butler

Senior Men: Dave Wintle, Steve Blakeney, Phil Chan, John Hargreaves, Terry Fenton, Steve Proud, Chris Bennett, Martin Bennett, John Hurford.

Yet another race with full to overflowing teams! A brilliant turnout on a glorious day.

If this has even got you thinking vaguely about giving cross country a go, I must recommend the next Gwent fixture which will be our local one - Blaise Castle on 1st December.  What have you got to lose?  You can come along and try it out without any long trips into mid-Wales, there will be cake - Taryn has promised brownies and I am thinking on what to produce for the home fixture....

On the subject of refreshments, this week it was chocolate and macadamia biscuits - possibly the easiest biscuits in the world to make (and eat) and I also trialled Snickers brownies - possibly the most calorific baking I have ever attempted but certainly very satisfying to consume (in small quantities  in order to be able to squeeze back on the bus!).

Come know you want to try it out.......see you all at Blaise.