Just mooting the possibility of getting one together
Mattoo - are you still out there?
Just resurrecting this thread as the idea of a parkrun in Swansea has been discussed recently. I wondered if there had been any developments with a parkrun in Llanelli or where things last left off?? (I think it was agreed in principle, but needed someone to volunteer to take it on)
Mattoo - if you read this thank you for starting this thread & for all your hard work in the events in 2011 (just gathered that from reading earlier posts in this thread) I hope the Rose S-P evening was a success & you ran well in the marathon in 2011 - that seems like ages ago now!
As a keen, competitive runner in South Wales I'd fully support a parkrun in this region, be it in Llanelli or Swansea. I think it would be fantastic to have a parkrun in this part of Wales - we've got great scenery, plenty of coastal paths & parks and many dedicated running clubs in the area.
I think setting this up would be a big commitment, but I'd be happy to help anyone who wanted to take this on (believe me if I was single I would, but my husband accuses me of being 'married' to running as it is!)
Mattoo - would be great to hear how you are doing & to hear of any challenges/issues you faced in trying to set this up.
LTS I did contact parkrun and make tentative enquiries initially but has never gone further than that. Was discussing with a friend yesterday whilst out running as it happens and the issues as I see it are:
Do hope someone manages to get it off the ground though.
Thanks both for your replies. Mattoo - thank you for that info - excellent & a good place to start with. Good point about the LC2...my friend works there so I might ask her advice.
RK - I'm now a member of 3M's, so will mention the idea to toher club members. I'm lucky to have a lot of running contacts in the area & hopefully know a few others who may be interested in taking helping organise one.
I think the starting point would be to decide - do we opt for Llanelli (& involve the likes of Tim from HBA & use the existing Llanelli Fusion 5k route) or do we set one up in Swansea, perhaps using the existing summer 5k route or an alternative route on one of the cycle paths? (there are excellent routes in the North of Swansea too - Gorseinon, Gowerton, Penllergaer & Clydach regions).
The Swansea bay 5k series is very popular & successful, but a big component of it is the cihldrens races, therefore I'd hope a Park run wouldn't detract too much from the race (& they'd be a good 3 days apart) but it is definitely worth thinking about.
Rk - more importantly when are you going to get yourself down to club training - come along!
Mattoo - thanks again, v helpful & we certainly got a lot of thinking to do!
I'm pleased to see this is still being considered.
The park runs as far as I can see are partly to encourage those who otherwise wouldn't run to be able to do so in company and without being too pressured to be club type runners.
these people I'm sure would be able to provide some support. I would be willing to take my turn at marshalling etc. but not really in a position to commit to every week.
Can I suggest that a couple of laps around the lake in Llansamlet may be an option? (it may need somthing like 2 and a half laps). Off road, a pleasant place and not much issue re parking?
Llanelli is not too far for people to travel however, and can help with people further west as well as those from Swansea, Neath, and Port Talbot.
RK shame about the new job - long hours, long commute or both? hope you are still able to fit in running & hopefully see you along the Millenium coastal path in the future. How is the dog these days?
YoD - thanks. Great idea about the Fendrod lake. Plenty of parking, flat safe route & hopefully not too busy at 9am on a Saturday. Do you think the volume of geese/ducks which congregate by the car park may be a problem? (I wouldn't want a group of runners to scare them & vice versa). I think a 2 lap route could be feasible if you start from the car park, run along the track to opp the Renault garage & then re-enter the lake area opposite Life Gym & go on to complete the lap... Might try it this weekend to see how far it is.
It's such a shame they dont have any form of toilets or a kiosk near the lake (definitely caught me out in the past!) - I'm not sure if that may put any potential participants off?
Thanks for the info re: the running group. Will definitely get in contact with them to see what their views are. Also got a contact in the Life gym which may be useful ...will post here in a couple of weeks with an update. Cheers.
Just thought of another potential route, in NPT territory - Start/finish Pontardawe park, then across the river bridge & up cycle route 43 (Ystalyfera direction.) Not the most scenic route, but that part of the cycle path is quiet - it would also be safe, traffic free & in the spirit of a parkrun would start & finish in a park. Any thoughts?? Being close to the M4 this location would be accessible for those Carms & NPT way too.
Better do some work now
JD - how are you? Well done for the Elan Valley run at the weekend.
It looks like a course has already been approved (in theory) in Singleton park, Swansea, however I think there is definitely cause for a parkrun in Llanelli too & with the HBA team being based there & the leisure centre it would probably gain a lot of support. I think they could use the route they do the Fusion 5k's along.
Am going to spend the next few weeks drumming up support & potential volunteers for a parkrun in this region...watch this space
I think one of the key things for a parkrun is a cafe at the end for cake and tea, is all about the social side of things right?
My choice would be discovery centre at North Dock, was always my plan...
Am willing to get involved whatever is decided though LTS. I will canvas opinion amongst some Sospans and with Tim now too.
Tim at HBA has made it clear to me, in no uncertain terms, that a Llanelli parkrun would most definitely be stepping on his toes. For that reason guys I am (Duncan Bannatyne voice) OUT!
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