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Richards and Felton master the course



Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 09.46.34OVERNIGHT rain had left parts of the Aberystwyth Parkrun route a bit slippery for the event on Saturday (Aug 13), but 19 of out 85 runners still miraculously achieved PBs – well done all!

There was a bit of excitement at the start when a new runner, who led the field initially, ran through the marshals instead of going round the cone then turned back into the following runners.

A few collisions later, all was sorted out and no harm done! The organisers extended a big welcome to all the first-timers who attended the event, and hope that the Olympics will inspire more people to take up some sort of sport. Running is a good foundation for many sports, as well as being a very satisfying sport in its own right.

Male placings: 

Keith RICHARDS (VM40-44) of Aberystwyth AC, was first over the line in 18:13 – second time in 51 appearances.

Matt BULLER (SM25-29) of Eye Community Runners, was second over the line in 18:34.

Vic WALSH (VM35-39) of Belle Vue Racers, was third over the line in 18:42.

Current standing in the Men’s annual points competition: 

Mark LEWIS (Unattached) 3874 pts.

Evan (Mel) HOPKINS (Unattached) 3823 pts.

Balázs PINTÉR (Aberystwyth AC) 3644 pts.

Female placings: 

Lizzy FELTON (SW30-34) of Clwb Rhedeg Pontardawe Running Club, was first (18th overall) over the line in 21:46 – third time in five appearances.

Alix ARNDT (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (20th overall) over the line in 22:27 – was first to finish once before.

Helen MASON (SW30-34) of Market Drayton Running Club, was third (30th overall) over the line in 24:34.

Current standing in the Women’s annual points competition: 

Leo LEWIS (Unattached) 3681 pts.

Karen DAVIES (Unattached) 3610 pts.

Anke C (Unattached) 3242 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: 

Nick HOOPER (VM50-54) was graded 77.30% for the time 19:14 ( sixth overall).

Keith RICHARDS (VM40-44) was graded 76.67% for the time 18:13 (first overall).

Vic WALSH (VM35-39) was graded 71.39% for the time 18:42 (third overall).

This week there were 85 runners, of whom 17 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

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Success for Ceredigion school rugby teams at Principality Stadium



RECENTLY some Ceredigion school rugby teams have been competing at a national level at the Road to Principality event held at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

There was a great celebration at Ysgol Bro Teifi on Monday, 25 April following the success of their under-14 girls’ rugby team at a. Following victories in a series of games at regional and national level in recent months, the team had the opportunity to play in the national final at the Principality Stadium against Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Denbighshire.

In front of a crowd of some 150 fans who had travelled to Cardiff to see the game, Bro Teifi managed to win 34 points to 19 in a competitive and fast game. 

Acting Headteacher, Mr Gareth Evans, “At the start of a new term, it was great to be able to celebrate the success of the girls on the rugby field following a run of games where the team was seen subduing Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Plas Mawr, Bishopston and the Rhymney Valley among others. I would like to congratulate the girls on their huge success and thank the training team of Llyr James, Gemma Potter and Stephanie Gough for their work.”

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Omicron: Sporting events to be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day



SPORTING events in Wales will be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day in a bid to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

The Welsh government said the new measures apply to both indoor and outdoor sporting events, with economy minister Vaughan Gething confirming a £3m “Spectator Sports Fund” will support clubs and venues affected.
The decision comes after a number of postponements affecting Welsh sides in the Football League.

Cardiff City have called off their Boxing Day match against Coventry City due to several Covid cases among their players and staff, while Newport County will no longer face League Two leaders Forest Green.

In the United Rugby Championship, Cardiff Blues are scheduled to play Scarlets at Cardiff Arms Park on Boxing Day, although Ospreys vs Dragons at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea has been called off due to Covid.
“Sporting events over the Christmas period are one of the big highlights of the year,” Gething said.
“Unfortunately, the new Omicron variant is a significant development in the pandemic and could cause a large number of infections.
“We need to do everything we can to protect people’s health and control the spread of this awful virus.
“Throughout the pandemic we have followed scientific and public health advice to keep people safe. The advice is clear – we need to act now in response to the threat of omicron. We are giving people as much notice of these decisions as we can.
“Crowds will come back as soon as possible. We want everyone to be here to enjoy their favourite sports.”

Latest figures show Omicron cases are rising in all parts of Wales, while the overall rate of coronavirus infections is at just under 550 cases per 100,000 people.

Cardiff City have called off their Boxing Day match against Coventry City due to several Covid cases among their players and staff; Ospreys vs Dragons also off in United Rugby Championship; Welsh economy minister says clubs and venues would be supported through a £3m fund.

An EFL spokesperson said: “The EFL notes the disappointing news that fans of Welsh clubs competing in the EFL will be unable to watch their team play live at home over the festive period, but we appreciate there are many factors influencing each administration’s decision.
“Looking forward, the League will continue to work with our broadcast partners and other relevant stakeholders throughout this difficult period as we consider how we can appropriately support our Welsh clubs and their supporters so they can watch their team while matches are played behind closed doors.
“In addition, we will engage with the authorities in Wales to determine what type and or level of financial support they can provide our clubs in Wales whilst they are unable to welcome supporters through the turnstiles.”

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Have your say on how Ceredigion becomes a more physically active county




A CONSULTATION is currently underway on how Ceredigion is becoming a more physically active County. 

There is a plan to follow the “Sport & Recreational Activity Strategy 2014-2020” which is being developed, with an opportunity for Ceredigion residents to have their say.

Your feedback will be essential in supporting Ceredigion County Council’s production of a new development plan and in helping determine its priorities from 2022 to 2027. This will ensure that Ceredigion residents have access to quality opportunities to become more active, benefiting their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The new plan will identify how becoming a more active county can contribute to the Council’s Corporate Strategies and the Local Wellbeing Plan.

To ensure that the plan meets the needs of all its residents, the Council would like as many people and organisations as possible to complete the survey. Residents have until 17 October to complete the survey:

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Porth Gofal, Early Intervention, Wellbeing Hubs and Culture said: “The physical and mental health and well-being of Ceredigion’s residents is very important. This is a chance for residents to have their say on how they want to receive sport and physical activities for the years to come. We recognise the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on sport and physical activity in the county and this is an opportunity to let us know how we can build back stronger.”

For further information or if you would like the survey in an alternative format, contact our Customer Services Contact Centre on 01545 570881 or

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