The Narth Run 2014

watson_logoThis year’s run happened on 22nd June.

The results have been temporarily removed 

UPDATE September 2014:  Since the 2014 run, we’ve had a letter from solicitors acting for the Nova Group, the organizers of the Great North Run, pointing out that our use of the word “Great” (or anything similar) infringes their client’s trademark, and asking us to refrain. The next run on 21 June 2015, and all subsequent runs, will therefore be known simply as The Narth Run. We’ve also been asked to sign a formal legal undertaking, to delete the offending word from the website, previous results pages, and the online route maps. They’ve also asked us to destroy the left over trophies and medals from last year (we were intending to re-use these), despite us explaining that would effectively wipe out our profit from the previous two runs.

A very sunny Sunday saw The Narth Run, now in its second year, take place in Maryland woods. There was a real buzz both on the course and in the Village Hall afterwards, and everyone seemed to greatly enjoy the day. We’ve seen a lot of activity on Twitter, all of it very positive, and it looks as though we made about £300 on the day for your Village Hall. If you weren’t there, you missed a good event.

Local runners again did very well. Andrew Woodhead was the fastest male villager in the 10k, finishing in a very good 7th place in 46 minutes 32. Emily Pardington again won the women’s 10K, finishing 8th overall in 46 minutes 55. Mum Mary kept things in the family by winning the 5K in an impressive 25 minutes, taking over 4 minutes off last year’s winning time. Jago Harling, running in the 11/12 years category, was the fastest local male in the 5K, finishing in an excellent 3rd place in 26 minutes 13. In the fun run William Christmas, running in the 9/10 years category, was the fastest local male, finishing in a brilliant 2nd place overall in 11 minutes 51. Seren van Der Horst, also running in the 9/10 years category, was the fastest local female, finishing in an excellent 3nd place overall in 12 minutes 29.

This year Watson Fuels generously sponsored the 10K team races. Spirit of Monmouth won the men’s race, and in the women’s race Bryn Bach Parc Ladies (featuring guest runner Emily Pardington!!) also triumphed. It really was a good day, and all being well we plan on doing it again on 21 June next year – a date for all your diaries.

We must of course end with a huge thank you for all those villagers who made it happen. Sue Flower and her colleagues in the WI for the excellent cakes and a constant supply of tea and coffee. Graham Agg and all his marshalls – all the runners said how much they appreciated the encouragement from the marshalls and spectators. Sue and Rob Stocker for their invaluable help (and the use of their mule) in setting up and taking down. Tony Webb on water – and the youngsters who handed out the water did a great job too. Marilyn and Jon Dunkelman did their usual excellent job dealing with the entries and in producing the results. Hywel Rees and Bill Parnell on car parking (Hywel did a lot of other things too). Helen King, plus Sue and Danielle Coppell who did a grand job on registration. And all those unsung heroes, too numerous to mention individually, who just did stuff and helped out. We couldn’t have done it without you.


For further information about the run, please contact Steve Coppell

Tel: 01600 860617

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