Swansea Harriers Seaside 5K Series - Race 2

12TH JULY 2005

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15/10/2012 at 10:40


Nice you enjoyed the half Sue and some serious run there Jones - you coul have one of those hats with the bottles attached!

Sad about the cockerel; but that is just nature - as a species, we do far worse. On the up side, we had seven chicks hatch in all, and one of them was from him. This chick is easily identified as it is white like it's dad - all the other eggs were fertilised by the other, dark red cockerel. It is convenient the chck came out white as colour cannot be gauranteed with our stock - Sweetie new which egg was his and watched the chick hatch.

No plod for me - cut two more ram lambs from the brambles - does that count?

15/10/2012 at 17:03

Ram a lamb a ding dong again...

Cardiff half most enjoyable yesterday, it has improved significantly since I stopped running it and started spectating.

No cycling or swimming for me today and I must confess, I feel significantly less tired than usual. I used the time in a boring but profitable way (sorting three weeks worth of clean washing), sometimes I wonder about all this exercise stuff - if I don't do it I get miserable, if I do it I get knackered...

15/10/2012 at 17:56


It was super lovely to see Tracey and Sue at the half yesterday.  I've not done it for years either, Alex, but I was after a PB having done some good training this year and this was the only opportunity I had.  Sadly the issues I've had with my left leg and left buttock prevented me from pushing myself too hard in the latter part of the race and the first five (yes FIVE) miles were so congested I had no hope.  I was only just outside the PB time so I will get it soon.  Today my buttock really aches!

It's hard to decide if it's just too big now or not.  I think if I could have started a bit further forward I would have had a better race so I guess I shouldn't complain too much about congestion.  It's not as flat as it was though.

The thing about that Gower marathon isn't the course, as much as the price,  if it's the same one as I think it is, it's very, very expensive.

So, I'm off to try and loosen my arse (ahem!) on the turbo.  If that fails, I'm going to have to sit on a tennis ball.


15/10/2012 at 21:39

Evening all

Sounds like Cardiff half was a success all round.  Great to hear from you Mouse.

Exercise is like that Tracey.  Hard work but even harder without it. 

Boffin - sheep and brambles...!

Jones - good luck to you both.  One hell of a way to celebrate your birthday.

I ran my first FLM on my 31st birthday.  A long time ago now!!

I wish I could say I am looking forward to Snowdon.  Two weeks time....

16/10/2012 at 07:34


16/10/2012 at 07:41

Morning all  bit windy out there this morning, just off for a slow 6 mile run

You know you'll love it once your up in the mountains with the gales, hail, rain and snow Clare


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16/10/2012 at 07:48

I am doing snowdon for the first time...so it will be dry and sunny

16/10/2012 at 08:03

Yay for dry and sunny. It is often dry and sunny in Snowdonia at the end of October isn't it? Oh wait, no that's Morocco.


Mouse - it was great to see you, and looking good too. Am loving the fact that you finished one paragraph above with "Today my buttock really aches!" and then started the next with "It's hard to decide if it's just too big now or not"... had images of one of your buttocks, out of control and enormous, terrorising the neighbourhood!

The size of mass participation events is a thorny issue. A big event is a spectacle and lots of people get involved in sport who otherwise wouldn't get the chance. But it's SO much nicer and I think closer to sport for sport's sake to witness what goes on at smaller events - exhibit A. London v. Llanelli marathon.

16/10/2012 at 10:16


Hiya Mouse.... good to hear from you again

Cardiff half is a thorny issue to be sure... lots of moan potential and missed opportunities - but hey, it is a Capital City that still has a major running event, so I guess it should be a carnival and a feel good spectator event...

...should still be a marathon distance though - maybe one day it will be again.

16/10/2012 at 19:16


To be fair, Tracey, that is a fair description of my buttocks!

How was your run, Jones?  It was a bit grotty out there early on, then it seemed to get nice, then rain and then nice again.

I know what you mean about the big event thing.  For Cardiff, I've always felt like it's been pushed around a bit, almost like there isn't the support at council level, which is a great shame.

How are your chicks, Boffin?  Lovely it is to see you, all of you, again. Please give Sweetie a big kiss from me.



16/10/2012 at 21:28

Evening all

I agree with you about smaller races, Tracey.  Llanelli was brilliant, with such fab support too.  I love the races around Christmas and new year such as Kenfig 4 on New Years Day.  Couldn't get everyone together on New Years day for a nice gathering but put a race on and everyone turns up!!

Thanks Jones. I am going to just go and enjoy the marathon in Snowdon.  That sentence doesn't quite sound right - mentioning a marathon and Snowdon!!

Boffin - hope the back is getting better now.

Who is doing the Pudding Run? Thats usually a good one too

17/10/2012 at 08:04

Morning all  I really enjoyed Snowdon the year we did it and its a definite for next year, I find flat runs far harder than hilly runs as its all one long sustained constant effort that destroys me  

Had a lovely run around the coast yesterday and the sun stayed out the whole time  its funny when your marathon training as it makes everything apart from your long run feel like a little jog

12 miles planned this evening   

17/10/2012 at 09:39


I'd eat the pudding - not sure about the running bit though!

We will have to be careful about those neighborhood terrorising buttocks then mouse!

The back really is being a pain - pun intended - I go out and forage a bit of firewood (nothing massive, just twigs trimmed off trees earlier in the year) takes me ages to pick them up after having to kneel down to get them and then kneel on the floor to chop them up - all so I don't bend the back, and what thanks do I get - pain in the back!

I whinge and ought not to - just frustrating not being able to get stuck into anything. CT scan in a month - that will be 3 months after the accident so should get a better idea of recovery then. Last advice was it will take 3-4 mths to recover.

Be right for next year

I hear you Jones... you wouldn't fancy doing a marathon on a running track then? or on a treadmill facing a wall! - Short jog planned for you this evening then

17/10/2012 at 18:16


I think my favourite half is the Forest of Dean one.  I've seen Tracey and Sue at that one, trying to think who else I've seen there.  Have you done it NR?  I've gone off the corporate ones now, with the exception of Bristol Half because I can roll out of bed to the start line (sort of).

I was down to do Snowdon a few years ago and DNS with a bad foot, so I'm a little jealous of you all.

My broken buttock and I went for a run this morning.  Funnily enough it hurts the least when I'm doing something.  Sitting driving a desk all day is the most painful of all.  However, it did tighten after about 45 mins.  I think my appt for buttock inspection is going to be quite painful on Friday.

I hope you have/had fun on your 12 miles tonight Jones.

What happened to your back, Boffin?


17/10/2012 at 21:38

Evening all

Mouse - I have run Forest of Dean twice.  Lovely run..Hope to do it again next year.  Hope you recover from your injury soon.

Boffin - literally a pain....  Not funny though.  Hope the scan brings good news and that you will be back to normal soon.  Whinge away, you are amongst friends.

Jones - I don't like flat runs either.  I love the Roman Run, Rhayader and Dale.    Running round the coast is lovely.  The sea is amazing every day of the year. 


17/10/2012 at 22:53

There is an ultra which is run on the athletics track I used to run on as a schoolkid, Jenner Park in Barry. It is a desolate, Soviet looking lump of grey concrete with a clay track and a grass football pitch in the middle. It has no views due to the high concrete wall, but is fairly high and so exposed to the winds coming straight in from the Irish Sea.

And they do an Ultra there!

Now that takes an odd kind of mind...

18/10/2012 at 20:52

Evening all

Tracey - I have heard of that race.  Sounds like a nightmare!

Not a  bad day out there today.  Friday again, the weeks are flying.

Snowdon next week, all the hard work has been done now.  Just see how it goes on the day!


18/10/2012 at 21:06

Evening all  sounds my idea of Hell Tracey  10 miles tonight, a bit breezy on the way back but lovely out there  there are two police cars parked across the cycle track at Blackpill for some reason

I really wish I was running a 1/2 marathon soon as I'd smash my pb  it will just have to wait a while though  

18/10/2012 at 22:28

The police cars were there at 6pm when I was running too. They were driving up and down the track between Mumbles and Blackpill. Someone's been up to no good I reckon.

19/10/2012 at 07:23

Morning all

Jones - you are running well. 

Was a nice evening for a run.

How is your foot Tracey? 

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