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IRC's AGM was held on Tuesday December 2nd @ Islwyn Indoor Bowls Club (Dan Do!). The meeting was well attended and the club's officers for the coming year will be:
Chair - Martin Jones
Vice Chair - Russell Wareham
Treasurer - David Waters
Secretary - Mike Heare
Membership Secretary - Blair Lundie/Susan Jones
Social Secretary - Coleen Birch
Male Captain - Paul Harvey
Vice Captain - Daffydd Weetman
Female Captain - Suzanne Davidson
Vice Captain - Helen Williams
Appreciation and thanks to Glyn Hicks, Rhydwyn Harries, Chris Lloyd and Mel Senior, who have chosen to stand down, for all their hard work and support to the club over the past year(s).

Marathon Man x 2

Congratulations to Russell Dobbs who recently completed his 100th marathon. Once again, a magnificent achievement!

Future Flyers!
The club has taken the decision to start a beginners' group intended for people who have never run before or who have done very little running. The aim of the programme will be to help people to progress from running/walking to running 1 mile, then 2 miles, then 3 miles so that eventually they reach a position where they can comfortably run 4 miles.
The group will meet every Tuesday (commencing 9th September) @ 7:00 pm, Pontllanfraith Council offices. The group will be a part of Islwyn Running Club and will be led by experienced coaches and club runners in a relaxed and informal environment.
Come along and take flight!

GLCL Road Race Series
The presentation to acknowledge and reward the winners and runners up of the 2014 Road Race series took place after the first GLCL X/C race of the season at Pontypool Park. IRC were well represented in the Road Race series:
Mike Dury 3rd Senior Male
Haydn Hartnell 1st Over 50 Male
Kerry Price 3rd Over 55 Male
Islwyn men 1st overall in the Road race series!
Kelly Felstead 1st Over 35 Female
Congratulations to all of the above!

Winter GLCL 2014-5 X/C Race Series

The time to get muddy once again is fast approaching! The dates for your diaries are:

Sunday 19th October 2014 - Pont-y-pwl & District Runners (Pontypool Park, NP4 8AT, includes presentation for GLCL Road Race series).
Sunday 16th November 2014 - Usk Runners (Venue TBA).
Sunday 11th January 2015 - Islwyn (Pontllanfraith Council Offices, NP12 2YW).
Sunday 15th February 2015 - Fairwater Runners (Llantarnam School, NP44 3XB).
Sunday 15th March - Lliswerry Runners (Rogerstone Primary School, NP10 9YX).
All races start at 11:00 a.m. Please make every effort to support your club and attend at least one (if not all!) of the above. The X/C races are great fun, honest!

Marathon Man

Not many people get to earn one of these, so massive congratulations go to Sean Birch who completed his 100th marathon in May! He is, like, the Dean Karnazes of the club. Magnificent achievement!

Summer GLCL Road Race Series

Dates for your diaries:

06/05/2014 - Griffithstown Harriers (The Olive Tree, Cwmbran).
27/05/2014 - Spirit of Monmouth (Trellech).
17/06/2014 - Islwyn Running Club (Parc Penallta).
15/07/2013 - Caerleon Running Club (The Wheatsheaf, Llanhennock).
05/08/2014 - Parc Bryn Bach Running Club (Parc Bryn Bach).
All races to start at 7:30 p.m. Please make every effort to support your club and attend at least one (if not all!) of the above.

Parkrun News

Congratulations to Ruth Treharne and Robert Davies who both recently achieved the notable milestone of 100 park runs. Well done both!

IRC Annual Awards 2013

31st January saw Islwyn Running Club hold their 2013 awards evening at the Ynysddu Hotel with a record attendance of over 60 guests. Club chairman Martin Jones welcomed special guests Brenda Cook and Andy Parker, and presented flowers to Coleen Birch for organising the evening. Now to the awards:

Male club champion was Haydn Hartnell, Female club champion was Melonie Senior.
Most improved male athlete was Alun Wood, most improved female athlete was Kelly Waite.
Awards were presented to new club captains, Chris Lloyd and Melonie Senior.
Outstanding Achievement Award presented to Garfield Jones for his exploits in 24 hr and 100 mile races.
There were 20 year club awards presented to Mike Dury and Daffyd Lambeth.
30 year award presented to club president and founder member Malcom Parker.
New club chairman Martin Jones presented the Chairman's award to outgoing chairman Glyn Hicks, who was also made an honorary member for his outstanding contribution to Islwyn Running Club.

Thanks were expressed to Coleen Birch for organising the evening, The Ynysddu Hotel for an excellent meal, Blair Lundie for sourcing the superb trophies and his work as registration secretary and Rhyd Harris for his efforts as treasurer. Good night wasn't it?