After a two year absence, there was once again a flurry of activity in Drefach on the first Monday in May as the Cledlyn Valley Fun Races attracted runners of all ages to support Dyffryn Cledlyn Primary School. Follwing his 7th place finish in the Teifi 10 mile race in Lampeter a week before, Mark Horsman from Pontypridd won the senior race in 28 minutes 59 seconds. The course starts on a back road near Drefach and climbs Rhiw Siôn before making its way back out onto the main road from Llanwnnen to finish at the School gates. The first woman was Clare Patterson (32:48) from Griffithstown near Pontypool.
Daeth un o rasys mwyaf cyfarwydd a phoblogaidd Clwb Sarn Helen, sef Ras Ffordd 10 Milltir Teifi, yn ôl i fywyd ar y 24ain o Ebrill wedi dwy flynedd o seibiant oherwydd y feirws Covid a daeth cant ac un o redwyr i redeg y cwrs sydd yn cychwyn y tu ôl i Glwb Rygbi Llanbed ac yn dilyn yr heol i Lanfair Clydogau cyn croesi’r afon a dychwelyd trwy Gellan i’r cae rygbi.
The Ras Cors Caron Half Marathon, held in the challenging weather conditions of Storm Dennis on 16 February 2020, started in Tregaron and followed a route through Swyddffynnon, Ystrad Meurig, along the old railway line on the Cors Caron nature reserve, and back into Tregaron. Cawl and refreshments were provided in Tregaron Rugby Club for participants to dry out and warm up after encountering winds and standing water along the way.
Undeterred by whatever the January weather throws at us, Clwb Sarn Helen Running Club’s members are off to a great start to 2020, with results pouring in from events around the country, and an increase in membership numbers.
At the Bexhill Poppy Runs on Saturday 9 November 2019, over 300 runners took part in the 10k event, with Sarn Helen Running Club’s Graham Penn (M65) donning conventional kit, having run the Half Marathon in full World War One uniform for the past five years! The weather was superb, with Graham achieving a time of 59:46.
It continues to be a busy month for Sarn Helen Running Club.
On 29th September 2019, the Cheltenham Half Marathon took place, with 2,478 finishers having followed a course that starting and finishing at the Racecourse; providing glorious views of the surrounding Cotswolds before heading off along tree lined roads towards the stunning Town Centre, through iconic locations such as Montpellier and Lansdown. Sarn Helen Running Club’s Dawn Kenwright, in the FV60 category, achieved a fantastic time of 1:49:21.
On Saturday 21 September 2019, the Black Mountains Fell Race, hosted by Mynydd Ddu Fell and Mountain Running Club took place, starting and finishing at Llanbedr village, near Crickhowell. The route included checkpoint Pen Cerrig-calch, Pen y Gadair Fawr, Chwarel y Fan, Bal-Mawr and Crug Mawr, and attracting competitors from across Wales and beyond. Sarn Helen’s Nigel Davies took on the challenge of the 27.4 km (17 mile) course, with an ascent of 1586 metres (5200 feet), completing in a time of 04:30:41, 49th in a field of 71.
The sun was shining brightly on Sunday 8th September for the Velindre Castle2Castle 11 mile run. Jane Holmes, who has received treatment at the Centre, and Nicola Davies , raising money with family members, represented Sarn Helen Running Club, starting at Caerphilly Castle and ending at Cardiff Castle to support Velindre Cancer Centre, Wales' premier Cancer Centre, providing care, support and treatment to 1.5 million people in South East Wales and beyond.