Gwent League Newbridge Fields, Bridgend


On Sunday, two Croft members went south instead of west to the Breiddens. ‘Costa del Bridgend’ was our destination and through the mist of the Beacons into the valleys a beautiful sunny day came out. Bridgend was the start of the winter x-country season for the Gwent League, attracting runners from the South, East (including Radnorshire) and West Wales’ clubs, as well as Bristol, Bath, Taunton etc. All ages race and a fair number turn up with the main race field looking a bit like a carnival with tents from each region and from the larger clubs.

The course was quite flat, it followed a sequence of circuits over rugby, football and boggy fields beside the Ogmore river, with a twist of hill when slipping through a gap in a stone wall. The men’s race repeats the trip thrice (10km), for women its twice (6km). Due to the un-seasonal warmth, ground conditions were very dry and even the boggy bits failed to hinder, just a brisk wind along a river section caused a bit of bother.

I find you do need to get a look at the start line in these races as they get a bit crowded with 171 women runners in the senior lady’s race and 291 in the senior men’s. I got my start position and tried to keep place throughout the race finishing 30th in a time of 27.41 and 2nd FV45, Mark got caught up at the start of his race within the stampede and has a few spike wounds to prove it, but went on to put in a solid performance coming in at 112th in a time of 39.30 (a good minute and half quicker than last year).

Sue D

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