Record turn out for Porthcawl Lions Boxing Day run – Glamorgan Gem

Monday, 4 January 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Local People

Someone was looking after Porthcawl for this year’s Lions Boxing Day fun run and walk and provided a rain free day for the event.

This year there was a record turn out of some 270 registered runners and walkers, with others tagging along just for the fun of it. Starting at the Hi Tide, Porthcawl, where all the facilities had been laid on courtesy of Francesca and Geoff Dower, the Lions were hard pushed to get all the runners and walkers registered.

There were so many of them that the queue stretched from the registration room through to the bar.

Accompanied by Rhys Lewis, president of the Porthcawl Lions Club, the run was started by the Mayor of Porthcawl, Coun David Newton-Williams, and on the sound of the horn, the 270 runners (many dressed in fancy dress) were off and away in true London Marathon style.

The first to cross the finishing line was Morgan Davies, who completed the run in 23.25 minutes. He was closely followed by Elinor Kirk with a time of 25.10 minutes. Richard Dando was third with a timing of 25.28 minutes while Joseph Readon from Merthyr Tydfil, was the first junior runner to finish with an excellent time of 27.20 minutes.

All the results were flashed up in real time on the command and control large screen display so that all could follow the events as they unfolded.

The awards were presented by Coun David Newton-Williams, ably assisted by Rhys Lewis, Lion Gloria Ward and Paul Fielding.

The winners of the various categories were: Morgan Davies, first senior male; Elinor Kirk, first senior female; Stephen Bartlett, first veteran male; Charlotte Johns, first veteran female; Joseph Readon, first junior male; Felicity Williamson-Sarll, first junior female and club winners were the Cornelly Striders, and Geraint Richards was best fancy dressed runner.

Report and photograph by Keith E Morgan

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