Harder Than Ironman!
A rider claimed that the 75 mile 'Il Giro Di Pembrokeshire' was harder than Ironman but very enjoyable!
Narberth and Whitland Rotary held their il Giro de Pembrokeshire at the beginning of September on a bright dry sunny Sunday morning. The weather was kind to the riders this year.
A total of 92 riders took part in the Charity Ride for Prostate Cancer which was organised by Narberth & Whitland Rotary.
Even though the local enthusiastic cycling experts said the 75 mile route was brutal, claimed to be harder than Ironman according to some of the past Ironmen, everyone enjoyed it.
The other courses of 50 mile, 27 and 10 mile route were also enjoyed by all who took part. The Sun Shone at Cresswell Quay for the finish at the Cresselly Arms Pub where landlords Colin and John laid on a hot buffet lunch for the participants.
The club organiser for the event was Past President David Haward and he was assisted by Past District Governor Chris Williams who drove The Bloomfield Community Centre Bus to carry weary riders back to Narberth.
David remarked: “apparently everyone is looking forward to next year. It will be interesting to see how many volunteer for the 75 mile course then”.
Over a dozen Rotarians assisted in the event, registering entrants at Bloomfield fro 8.30am and others marshalling around the 4 courses. The last rider came in to the finish line at about 3.30pm. Quite some effort but worth it considering that close to £1,500 was raised for Prostate Cymru and other worthy Rotary causes. Rotarian Mary Adams, Assistant Governor in district and Public Image Officer took hundreds of photos some of which are shown with this article.
President Elaine expressed her thanks to all who helped and in particular to Two Motor Cyclist outriders who followed the course to make sure there were no stragglers left behind. One of them was Huw Adams and the other was his son, Narberth & Whitland Round Table member James Adams (see photo). She said: “It is always good when Rotary and Round Table help each other out.
In fact, The Round Table is also helping Rotary on Sunday 8th December when they are kindly loaning their Santa Sleigh which will be positioned at Narberth Rugby Club Car Park at midday. The Sleigh, complete with a lookalike Santa, will be ready to welcome at the finish line plucky runners and walkers who will be participating in the Narberth Town Santa Run 2019. Santa will be providing any children present with some sweets and perhaps some advice about getting to sleep early on Christmas Eve.
The entrants to the fun run will be able to register and collect their number at the rear of the Queens Hall, Narberth from 10.00am. A warm-up exercise will start at 11.45 and then the 3K run (or walk) will start at 12noon. The course is wheelchair-friendly and will be open to all adults, youths and children. Those that complete the course will also receive a medal. Adults will also be entitled to a free glass of warm mulled wine and a mince pie. Hot meals will also be available at the bar such as Curry& Rice, Turkey with Cranberry baguettes and Sausage with Chips (always a favourite with the youngster)s.
The proceeds from the Santa Fun Run will be donated to the Narberth Food Bank and other worthy Rotary good causes. Details will be published soon on the Narberth & Whitland Rotary website and in the local press. Watch this space!