Pembrokeshire half marathon, Dale, 27.09.15 + other events

Well what a fantastic week end. We went down to Penally on Thursday and it was Arts Festival week in Tenby. On Thursday at St Mary’s church it was the Tenby Male Choir concert and as usual I joined them as a guest for the final numbers this time featuring Men of Harlech. You can guess why we sang that!

Saturday 26/09.

Colby Woodland Gardens 5k with 76 runners and I came 1st in my age category with 14 behind me so there. Good start.

Saturday evening at 2000 hrs. World Rugby Cup.

When the final whistle went and Wales had won, my dad’s Welsh Secondary Schools Cap (Wales v France 1923 in a frame with his jersey and programme on the wall) had a huge smile on its peak. Then my 2 Welsh AAA age category gold medals for the marathons (hanging below dad’s frame) clanged together in applause. Or so it seemed.

Sorry England – just not good enough.

Sunday 27/09.

A really tough and hilly half marathon this is (remember Pete Estick?) that follows the coastal lanes up and down the rugged Pembrokeshire coastline from Dale. You run out to St Anne’s lighthouse and if you don’t turn back there the next stop is America. I did think of doing the biathlon but needed to get back for training on Wed.

Stunning views of the coast and sea on the whole of the course but a killer of a head on wind and the hills made it a real Welsh Toughie for the 90 runners. There was also a 10k with about 150 runners.

Massey times Dave Phillips:

Colby 5k: 32.43

Dale half marathon: 2.31.

Dale was my 50th race this year so pleased with the year so far.

Race report by Dave Phillips.