Ponty Park Run

I’ve always been a lover not a fighter, and a sprinter not a jogger (not sure the ladies want to hear that) but this morning my wife and I did the ‘Park Run’, although technically I should say park walk.

It was fab!  Very well organised, loads of helpful, smiley marshals and tons of encouragement en route.

The course is just three and a bit laps of the park (5km) and you can run, walk, talk and even high-five the man with the big blue hand.  Dogs, kids, pushchairs, all welcome.

A global phenomenon, once you have your barcode you can take part anywhere in the world.  It’s easy to sign up, just visit the website, print out your barcode and turn up Saturday morning about 8:45.  The start is just over the bridge by B&Ms.

After you finish you get a token, scan your barcode and your time appears on the website a few days later.  We decided to walk most of the way, got around in about 50 mins so next time it’ll be easy to jog a few yards and get a PB (personal best).  Cunning eh!

Afterwards many runners / walkers grab a coffee in nearby cafes so it’s a great social event too.

Ponty also has the National Lido of Wales of course, plus the Llanover to Old Bwl cycle ride so there is plenty to keep us all fit and healthy.  And above all – happy!

So get off Facebook and get involved.  The Ponty run had over 400 participants last week which was a record and it’s suitable for all ages and abilities.

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