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Ultra-runner demonstrates to never give up on your dreams

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Rhys O’Mara (Left), Sanna (Centre) and Hollie Thomas (Right)

INSPIRATIONAL speaker Sanna Duthie recently inspired Military and Protective Services learners at the College with her story of running the 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in a record breaking 51.5 hours without any sleep, to help raise money for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

Former College learner Sanna Duthie, an office manager by day and active runner by night, shared her experience of running the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path in record breaking time. Sanna had participated in a few marathons over the years such as Tenby Long Course Weekend, the Gower 50 and the London Marathon.

However, the real adrenaline rush to complete the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was when Sanna competed in a 100 mile race of the coastal path in 2017.

“I realised I wasn’t too bad at that distance and then that’s when I got it in my head about doing the whole thing.”

Running a coastal path isn’t the easiest challenge and Sanna had to be prepared with an extensive training programme running over 300 miles a month equivalent to 10 miles a day. Sanna also had strength and conditioning training at a local gym to ensure her successful recovery.

“Coast running is hard on your muscles and joints and you need to strengthen those in order to not get injured,” said Sanna.

Originally Sanna started to run the entire coastal path in August 2020 but after 63 miles had to abandon the race due to dangerous weather conditions. This only made Sanna more determined and she completed her ultra-run on 8 th May 2021.

Sanna explained the highs and lows of the run, “There were times when I just wanted to quit, and I even started to hallucinate but I used a tactic where rather than focus on the whole run I broke it down into sections – this made things less overwhelming. Close friends and family would join alongside me on different stages of my run, and this motivated me to get to the finish line.”

Protective services learner Rhys O’Mara was thoroughly inspired by Sanna’s story, “I feel like, from the talk, I’m more inspired to go out and push myself to take on bigger and better physical challenges, the talk really showed that you can achieve anything when you dedicate yourself to a task. After College I’m looking to join the RAF as a drone pilot and have a full career in the forces.”

Sanna was the first female to run the entire coastal path and breaking the previous record of 64 hours and 32 minutes and raised an impressive £5,768.14 for charity.

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Local MS visits Vision Arts

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PRESELI PEMBROKESHIRE Senedd Member Paul Davies has recently visited Vision Arts, a new creative hub based in Haverfordwest.

Mr Davies met with Drew Baker and Fiona Phillips to discuss ways to raise the arts’ profile in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Davies enjoyed a tour of the facilities and learnt more about their theatre company, concert company and their academy.

Mr Davies said, “The arts are so important to our wellbeing and so it was great to spend some time with the team at Vision Arts to hear about their work to make the arts as accessible as possible to the people of Pembrokeshire. I was really impressed with their facilities and also with their desire and commitment to raise the profile of the arts in the County.

“If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved with the arts locally, then Vision Arts is the place to go – they offer everything from courses on TV and film production, to opportunities to be part of a choir or orchestra – and even a youth theatre.

“For those of you that aren’t comfortable performing, you can support Vision Arts by seeing one of their concerts or plays – there’s something for everyone. To find out more, visit: www.visionartswales.com”

Vision Arts Creative Director Drew Baker added: “We are very grateful to Paul Davies MS for taking the time to visit us and see for himself just some of the ways that we are flying the flag for the expressive arts in Pembrokeshire.

“We had some very productive discussions with him about how the expressive arts can help support health and wellbeing and we look forward to extending our activities in this area. You can find out more about Vision Arts at www.visionartswales.com”

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New Organist at St Davids Cathedral

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FOLLOWING a rigorous selection process, the Dean and Chapter of St Davids Cathedral have appointed Mr Simon Pearce as the new Organist and Master of the Choristers, or Director of Music as the post is also known.

Simon has been Assistant Director of Music at St Davids since 1998, playing for many TV and radio broadcasts, as well as Royal visits and other high profile events.

On being appointed Simon said, “This appointment is a huge honour and privilege. The Cathedral Choir and Choral Foundation has a well-deserved reputation for excellence and I look forward to building on the hard work and success of my predecessors.

“I’m delighted to continue working with such a vibrant team of musicians and colleagues in the next chapter of our musical life.” 

He added, “St Davids Cathedral is a spiritually inspiring and beautiful place in which to make music, and has such special connections with the city, local community and school as well as across Pembrokeshire and beyond. I’m extremely proud to live and work here.”

Announcing the appointment at Mattins on Sunday morning, the Dean of St. Davids, The Very Reverend Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, said “It has been a pleasure to enjoy the excellence of Simon’s playing and conducting over the years. We are delighted he will now become our Organist and Master of Choristers.”

Simon is married to Katherine, who works for the County’s Education Department and they have three children, Christian, Harriet (both choristers) and Alexandra. Simon takes up the role immediately, but will be admitted as Master of the Choristers at a special Evensong on Sunday March 13 at 6pm.

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Residents wanted to aid Newgale coastal adaptation project

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PEMBROKESHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is looking for people to get involved in the Newgale Coastal Adaptation scheme through a number of ‘Task and Finish Groups’.

Task and Finish Groups (TFGs) will provide an opportunity for people to be actively involved in the ideas and discussions about particular issues. 

Members of TFGs will need to be able to attend meetings, discuss ideas, work with other people on the group and with other TFGs to make sure all the different aspects of the project can fit together and work.

Members of TFGs will need to think about the wishes and needs of others, including those who are not part of the TFG.

Six TFGs have been set up for:

·         Active Travel and Coast Path

·         Infrastructure

·         Business Resilience

·         Beach Safety and User Access

·         Natural Environment

·         Replacement Road

TFGs will be quite small, focussed groups so that discussions and ideas can take place easily. Anyone can apply to be involved in a TFG.

We would expect people who are most likely to be affected by the topic of the TFG to want to be involved.  

The Newgale Coastal Adaptation Project aims to deal with the challenges of a changing coastline at Newgale. 

It will allow people to influence the decisions about what adaptation could look like, understanding how it may affect them. Choosing to adapt to coastal change allows options to be explored. 

The Newgale Coastal Adaptation Project is being led by Pembrokeshire County Council (PCC). 

Atkins has been appointed by PCC to help with the development of the project. 

Other companies will also be part of the project, bringing skills and knowledge to help deliver the project.

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