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4 Young Friends 7 marathons in 7 days along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

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On 12th September, 4 childhood friends will set off to complete 7 marathons in 7 days to Conquer the Coast in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Rufus McGrath, Geordie Wainwright, Jamie Prowse and Sam Lebus, all in their early twenties, aim to raise £40,000 for mental health charity CALM, the ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ which is leading a movement against suicide – particularly amongst young men.

The coastal path, which they will be running, covers 184 miles. It stretches from St Dogmaels in the north of Pembrokeshire to Amroth in the south. They will be covering the distance together, running 7 marathons in 7 days. The route has a total elevation change of 35,000ft, which is greater than the height of Everest.

Rufus McGrath comments: “In these odd times, I know that people can go for a run or bike ride or do exercise to clear their head, but it is only treating the short-term solution. CALM can view each individual from a neutral standpoint, calmly and dispassionately, and the fact that CALM is free is incredibly important in tackling this societal issue.

“We chose Wales and the Pembroke coast for this run as it is so astonishingly beautiful: the sea, the cliffs, the surrounding farmland and the totally awesome coastal paths. All four of us have felt so much goodwill locally and, though it is a daunting prospect, we are so lucky to be undertaking this challenge here in Wales.”

They aim to raise £40,000 for mental health charity CALM, the ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’

Geordie Wainwright – runner 2: “Running is often a solitary activity, so it’s great to feel a sense of togetherness by working together towards a common goal. Doing this challenge has already helped me develop a different attitude towards mental health. I now make a conscious effort to ask my friends how they’re doing so I can be there for them.”

Jamie Prowse – runner 3: “The challenge itself will be incredibly mentally tough, which aligns it with the charity we have chosen. It is a cause that is relatable to each and every one of us who has undergone a personal mental health battle or knows a loved one who has. It will undoubtedly test not only our physical endurance but also our mental fortitude like never before.” 

Sam Lebus – runner 4: “I’m doing this challenge because the new focus on mental health illnesses has made me more aware of how problematic the current global circumstances can be for people everywhere. Running, for me, has been a real source of strength. It’s provided a focus when life feels messy and is often the antidote to a stressful day. I love the rhythmic movement and the power and control one feels when you’re moving your body through the motions.”

For more info on the challenge:

CALM website

Conquer the Coast JustGiving Site

Conquer the Coast Instagram Site – @conquerthecoast2021

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Haverfordwest: Police appeal after moped stolen from College Court

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for witnesses after a moped was stolen from College Court, Haverfordwest at approximately 8pm on October 6.

The black and orange SYM Jet moped was found abandoned a short time later on Dew Street, Haverfordwest. Two 17/18-year-old males are believed to be involved and are both described as wearing black clothing and wearing rucksacks at the time of the incident.

We urge anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20211006-328.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Coast to Coast grabs gold at national award ceremony

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PEMBROKESHIRE COAST NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY’S long-running visitor newspaper Coast to Coast was one of the gold winners at the recent CIPR Cymru Wales PRide Awards.

The free annual visitor newspaper picked up the award for Best Publication at an online ceremony hosted by broadcaster Jason Mohammad, having last won the award in 2014.

National Park Authority Communications and Marketing Manager Marie Edwards said: “We are delighted that Coast to Coast has been recognised once again alongside so many other great entries and winners from the private and public sectors.

“Hundreds of thousands of copies are picked up across Pembrokeshire and beyond each year, helping people to learn more about the National Park and enjoy their visit.

“We would like to thank all the readers, stockists and advertisers for their ongoing support as we prepare to publish the 40th edition in 2022.”

In assessing the Coast to Coast entry, the judges felt there was “a very clear brief for Coast to Coast, with well thought through targets. The entry demonstrated a strong alignment to the organisational goals as well as importantly, giving staff the opportunity to contribute.

“Ultimately this approach led to excellent metrics in the evaluation and fantastic feedback from customers, which the judges were particularly impressed with.”

National Park Authority Chairman Cllr Paul Harries added: “The team should be extremely proud to have won another gold at these prestigious awards, which follows on from an incredibly successful few years despite the challenges posed by the pandemic and emphasises the high calibre of officers we have working for the Authority.

“The team works tirelessly to promote the National Park and the Authority in so many different ways, including the ever popular Coast to Coast, which continues to go from strength to strength.”

To read this year’s edition online or find out more about advertising in the 2022 edition of Coast to Coast visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/coast-to-coast.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

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It was held in the beautiful lounge at St Brides Spa Hotel who also donated all the coffee for the morning. Cakes were supplied by the community who baked some fabulous, tasty treats!

Saundersfoot Connect hosted a very successful Coffee Morning on Friday October 8th , raising a very impressive £1,070 for the cause.

It was held in the beautiful lounge at St Brides Spa Hotel who also donated all the coffee for the morning. Cakes were supplied by the community who baked some fabulous, tasty treats!

The raffle prizes were many and varied – lots donated by those who came along, and a huge number generously donated by local businesses. Over £500 of the total was raised on the raffle alone.

Organiser, Ladan Harper, said “We were blown away by the number of beautiful cakes that were brought along, and the many lovely prizes donated by guests and local businesses. We were very busy all morning, with over 100 people attending!”.

“It was so lovely to come out and meet people at an event” said one of the guests “it’s the first time I’ve done something this social in 18 months!

“I’ve just moved to the area, so it was great to be able to say ‘hello’ to some new friends and make connections with people I’ve only met online so far!” said another.

Many people commented how lovely it was to meet up and expressed an interest in maybe doing something like this more often. So, watch this space – a monthly Saundersfoot Coffee & Connect is on the cards!

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