Old Father Time 5

What a great way to start the New Year. The latest edition of Old Father Time will take place this coming Sunday (3rd January) starting at 1.00 PM over the traditional pancake-flat course. What better way to open your account for 2010? This race always attracts a lot of "On the Day" entries, so please don't turn up at the last minute. Of course, you could do a gentle warm up the previous day at Parkrun, particularly those of you suffering withdrawal symptoms after last Saturday's cancellation due to ice.

The Old Father Time race will again incorporate the Welsh Masters Championships, and always attracts a good field. Last year's winners Austin Davies and our own Libby O'Duffy have been in sparkling form recently, but the previous winners of the race makes for interesting reading. The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in entries, a trend we hope will continue. So even if the weather is rough, come and support the race - the atmosphere will always warm you up!

Ye Olde Father Tyme 5 Miles

Roll of Honour



Mens Winner

Ladies Winner

Sunday 28 December 2008

Austin Davies (Brecon) 26:30

Libby O’Duffy (Les Croups) 32:44

Sunday 30 December 2007

Peter Coles (Pontypridd) 26:21

Judith Llewellyn (Chepstow) 33:45

Sunday 31 December 2006

Peter Coles (Pontypridd) 26:51

Clare Phillips (Swansea) 31:21

Saturday 31 December 2005

Richie Bullen (Les Croups) 27:03

Lyndsey Emyr (Cardiff) 32:50

Sunday 02 January 2005

Richie Bullen (Les Croups) 26:46

Satu Haikala (Brecon) 30:26

Sunday 28 December 2003

Richie Bullen (Les Croups) 27:08

Angela Whitehouse (Neath) 35:03

Sunday 29 December 2002

Gareth Davies (Swansea) 26:35

Frances Gill (Neath) 29:49

Sunday 30 December 2001

Paul Wheeler (Les Croups) 26:29

Edwina Turner (Les Croups) 31:36

Sunday 07 January 2001

Richie Bullen (Les Croups) 26:18

Wendy Edwards (Les Croups) 30:25

Sunday 09 January 2000

Kevin Tobin (Swansea) 25:59

Delyth Jones (Spa Tans) 31:03

Sunday 03 January 1999

John Foster (Lliswerry) 26:55

Frances Gill (Neath) 28:49

Sunday 04 January 1998

Mick McGeoch (Les Croups) 27:53

Frances Gill (Neath) 29:49

Sunday 05 January 1997

Martin Rees (Swansea) 25:06

Frances Gill (Neath) 28:40

Sunday 07 January 1996

Mick McGeoch (Les Croups) 26:23

Sue Neal (Les Croups) 34:34

Monday 02 January 1995

Phil Owens (Bridgend) 26:41

Barbara Boylan (Cardiff) 29:47

Sunday 02 January 1994

Mike Eveleigh (Bristol) 27:08

Susan Smith (Bristol) 32:52

Sunday 27 December 1992

Gareth Jones (Southampton) 27:02

Sue Neal (Les Croups) 32:19

Sunday 29 December 1991

Dennis Fowles (Cardiff) 25:47

Ruth Collishaw (Les Croups) 31:50

Sunday 30 December 1990

Alun Roper (Swansea) 26:11

Carol Fereday (Newport) 32:54

Sunday 31 December 1989

John Pointon (Pontypridd) 25:55



NB Not all early results from this race are known – so if you’re aware of other results, please tell us!


Event Records

Men: Martin Rees (Swansea) 25:06, January 1997

Ladies: Frances Gill (Neath) 28:40, January 1997


Most Individual Victories:

Men: 4  by Richie Bullen (Les Croups): 2001, 2003-2005

Ladies: 4 by Frances Gill (Neath) 1997-1999, 2002


Largest Field: 192 finishers, December 2006


Closest Finish: December 2007: 1. Peter Coles (Pontypridd) 26:21; 2. Neil Hardee (Newport) 26:24; 3. Andrew Hussey (Cheltenham) 26:25; 4. Paul Griffiths (Neath) 26:28; 5. Lee Aherne (Club 69) 26:35.


December Edition of ACE

The new edition of ACE is downloadable from the Newsletter page, or directly from here.

Thanks again for the many contributions.


Peter Morris - "Unsung Hero Nomination"

Peter Morris is a club member who may not be that well known amongst Thursday night regulars. However, for those who have been involved in the sport for any length of time - the name of Peter Morris is synonymous with schools athletics in Wales - and has been for around 40 years. This level of dedication led to Peter being nominated in the "Unsung Hero" category in the BBC Welsh Sports Personality of the Year Awards (BBC Wales - Tuesday 8th December). Although Peter did not win - he was on a final short-list of three. A wonderful servant to Welsh athletics and to the sport in schools in particular - all of us at Les Croupiers are immensely proud of you, Peter.


Ladies to represent UK in European Championships!

Puppy by Jeff KoonsExcellent performances all round from the Ladies team in Liverpool this weekend.

Well done to Katie Beecher, Libby O'Duffy, Jen Salter and Liz Ashton for their victory in the UK Clubs Cross Country Trials on what was described by one of the team as "the muddiest xc I've ever done"

The ladies have secured us a place in The European Clubs Cross Country Championships to be held in Bilbao, Spain on 6th/7th February 2010, where we will be representing the UK.  Fantastic!

Perhaps a Club supporters trip is in order?


London Marathon - Club Draw

A packed clubhouse held its collective breath last Thursday evening for the draw for club places for the 2010 Virgin London Marathon. There were 14 applications for the 4 places on offer and the successful candidates were: Tim O'Sullivan, Richard Brewer, David McDonald and Wooter Poortinga. First reserve (in case of any other places coming to light) is Andrew Sedgmond.

Congratulations to all concerned, and thanks also to the unsuccessful candidates - we hope you find a suitable alternative venue for your aspirations, or perhaps a meaningful charity if you particularly want to do London.

It's perhaps also an opportune time to remind you of Mel's London trip - a must for any London entry. With over 25 years experience, this is an experience not to be missed, and a £25 deposit will secure you a place (total cost £137).