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Slavov and Walsh finish first



slavov1IT WAS blowing a gale in Plascrug Aberystwyth Parkrun’s 202nd event on Saturday (Jul 2), but 71 runners braved the elements and a few even managed PBs.

Congratulations to Peter Hinxman for completing his 100th parkrun, and thanks for all the fruit.

Congratulations too to Aberystwyth’s best ultra-distance trail runner, Ganch Slavov, who showed he could run just as well on a ‘short’ (for him!) tarmac route by being first finisher.

Balazs Pinter must have been trying to keep up with him, because he had his second PB in a row – knocking seven seconds off the previous week’s time under more difficult conditions.

One of the group’s best young female runners, Fay Walsh, was first lady to finish for the second time in a row – all that cross-country training and orienteering paying dividends on tarmac too.

The two buggy-pushers must have had a tough time in the windy conditions, but the children in them weren’t complaining – it was easy for them!

There were quite a few first-timers at this event, and the group hope that all new runners had an enjoyable time and will be back.

Male placings:

Gancho SLAVOV (VM40-44) of Aberystwyth AC, was first over the line in 17:15 – 10th time in 15 appearances.

Balazs PINTER (VM45-49) of Aberystwyth AC, was second over the line in 18:10 – has been first to finish on three previous occasions.

Euros EDWARDS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:00 – was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men’s annual points competition:

Mark LEWIS (Unattached) 3690 pts.

Balazs PINTER (Aberystwyth AC) 3644 pts.

Evan HOPKINS (Unattached) 3362 pts.

Female placings:

Fay Mari WALSH (SW18-19) of Aberystwyth AC, was first ( fifth overall) over the line in 20:36 – eighth time in 21 appearances.

Bethan GRUFFYDD (SW20- 24) (Unattached) was second ( ninth overall) over the line in 20:59 – was first to finish once before.

Maggie COLLINGBORN (VW50- 54) (Unattached) was third (12th overall) over the line in 21:24 – has been first to finish on 22 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women’s annual points competition:

Leo LEWIS (Unattached) 3500 pts.

Uta KOHL (Unattached) 3169 pts.

Karen DAVIES (Unattached) 3135 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Maggie COLLINGBORN (VW50- 54) was graded 80.30% for the time 21:24 (12th overall).

Balazs PINTER (VM45-49) was graded 79.27% for the time 18:10 (second overall).

Gancho SLAVOV (VM40-44) was graded 79.13% for the time 17:15 (first overall).

This week there were 71 runners, of whom nine were first timers and six recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of five different athletics clubs took part.

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Wales v Scotland postponed



WALES’ Six Nations match at home to Scotland on Saturday has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The two other Six Nation fixtures had already been postponed and no date has been confirmed to complete the 2020 Championship.

The Welsh Rugby Union had insisted earlier on Friday the game would “go ahead as planned”.

A WRU statement read: “The Welsh Rugby Union has maintained an open dialogue with, and continued to seek advice and direction from, the National Assembly for Wales and other stakeholders, including the Six Nations, on this fast-moving issue.

“Whilst medical advice remains consistent, we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the UK and global sports industries.

“The WRU would like to thank all parties for their counsel on the subject and will make further announcements with respect to rescheduling the fixture in the coming days.

“Every effort has been made to stage this game and we appreciate that individuals will have been inconvenienced. Given the fluid and unprecedented nature of this issue a postponement became the only viable option.”

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Domestic football at all levels in Wales suspended



THE FOOTBALL Association of Wales has today (13 March) taken the decision to suspend domestic football at all levels in Wales with immediate effect until April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The intention at this time will be to resume the football schedule depending on the medical advice and conditions from the relevant authorities at that time.

The FAW is fully aware of the impact this will have on the domestic game but the health and safety of all fans, players, volunteers and stakeholders are of paramount importance.

The FAW will continue to monitor this situation on a day-by-day basis and will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

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Exercise Referral Scheme doing more for health intervention than ever before



A record 35,069 participants attended Exercise Referral classes during 2640 hours of health classes in 2019.

The National Exercise Referral Scheme (NERS) is an evidence-based health intervention scheme which incorporates physical activity and behavioural change techniques to support referred clients to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being.

NERS Ceredigion has seen a dramatic increase in demand over the past year. A coordinator and four full time exercise professionals work to deliver the scheme, delivering 73 classes per week. The age of participants range from 16 years old, with the eldest participant in Ceredigion being 95.

Exercise class options include Gym, Circuit, Postural Stability (seated), Spin Bikes, Aqua Aerobics, Tai Chi and Pilates. Venues include council and community centres in Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Lampeter, Tregaron, Cardigan and Llandysul.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure, highlighted the benefits of the scheme, “There are many physical, psychological and social benefits to being part of the scheme, including confidence-building, better self-esteem, meeting new people and being generally fitter and healthier. Ceredigion Actif’s highly qualified Health Intervention Team provide opportunities to exercise that are fun, rewarding and that can be incorporated into everyday life.”

NERS Ceredigion targets people with a medical condition through various pathways including generic, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary, PSI falls, stroke rehabilitation, mental health, cancer and weight management. The 16 week tailored programme of exercise is delivered by a team of specialist Level 4 qualified exercise professionals who guide referred participants towards realising their individual goals.

A participant in Aberystwyth said, “This has been the best thing I have ever done. I have thrived from doing different activities and pushing myself out of my comfort zone which has not only helped my self-esteem but also my depression and everything else including my pain. I have also made new friends which I didn’t even consider would happen and we’re not only being social but we’re having fun too which is a bonus”.

There is ongoing monitoring from the instructors with follow up assessments at 16 weeks as well as on completion at 52 weeks. Long-term ‘maintenance’ options are available post 16 weeks which include the continuation of exercise classes as well as opportunities to join clubs such as walking basketball, walking football, golf sessions and walking rugby.

During 2018-2019 there were 913 referrals to the scheme. To gain access to the scheme, a person needs to be referred by a Health Professional, usually a GP, Practice Nurse or a condition specific Physiotherapist.

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