The ‘Green Army’ heads for Porthcawl Parkrun

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

By Philip Irwin
in Local People

The Porthcawl parkrun had an unexpected influx of runners from the Newport area last Saturday morning – all supporting a husband and wife who have set themselves a running challenge.

Steve and Celia Marsh are running all 23 Welsh parkruns (5K runs starting at 9am on a Saturday) – and it was time to visit Porthcawl.

Celia told The GEM: “This was parkrun number 18 in a tour of Wales that has taken us as far west as Aberyswyth and as far north as Bangor.

“We are completing them in 23 consecutive weekends – our challenge is called 23 in 23.”

However, there is a serious purpose behind this, as Celia explained: “In June 2016, we have had our lives turned upside down by the news that Steve has stage four kidney cancer.

“He is receiving treatment at Velindre and he has also benefitted from physio through Macmillan.

“We therefore want to say thank you by raising money for both charities that do amazing things for so many people.”

A group of 20 friends, came along to Porthcawl to support Celia and Steve and to run the parkrun. Celia calls them their ‘Green Army’

However, among that group were two friends who were going the extra mile – in every sense of the phrase!

Celia explained:?“Keith James and Andy James (not related) decided to extend their challenge and continue running after the parkrun – all the way back to Newport!

“They followed the coastal path (63 miles according to the coast path guide) and arrived back at Tredegar House in Newport (the site of our home parkrun) at 11:46pm on Saturday night after 14 hours and 41 minutes of running.”

For information on how to donate to the 23 in 23 challenge, see their facebook page facebook.com/23parkrunsin23weeks

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