With the sun shining and glorious weather conditions, runners from all age groups gathered for the annual sand dune training at Merthyr Mawr on Saturday 23rd April 2011. The day started with a cup of coffee as all good days should. After the introductions the runners set off on a light warm up session led by Dave Bedwell. This quickly followed by the start of the gruelling and intense session on the sand dunes of the big dipper. Although the weather was fantastic for the on-lookers (Steve Burley and his wife) it was probably on the warm side for the athletes and did not help the runners during the session. However everyone worked extremely hard and should be congratulated on the effort they all put in.
After the session the group all gathered in the Castle grounds secret garden for a picnic and refreshments. A hog roast would have been welcome but unfortunately it did not arrive!
Following the picnic the group ventured off to the sea side at Ogmore for the sand, sea and cricket (and even more food). Special tanks to Ali Hurford for supplying the fabulous (and some would say world renowned homemade Bakewell tart. With a competitive round of cricket and a dip in the cold seas for some, a great day was had by all.
The day, weather and organisation from Ali Hurford and Dave Bedwell made it a very successfully event which brought together runners from all age groups to enjoy and make new relationships. The club would welcome more people to attend next time to enjoy the occasion, meet new runners and family members. A great day was had by all and if you weren’t there you certainly missed a great day out and a completely different training session.
For photographs of the day please see Photographs – Social – Merthyr Mawr.
From a report submitted by Steve Burley