Bridgend’s Cwm Ogwr Running Club has received funding to purchase a chip timing system which is set to boost its race events and help the club to attract more athletes. Local energy company, Pennant Walters, provided the £7,000 funding which will now allow the club to put on more professional events whilst also offering the chip-timing facility to other clubs and local schools as a source of revenue.
The club, which was established by Kelly Owen in 2012, is affiliated to Welsh Athletics and currently hosts three events per year, with members also training twice a week. It has seen membership grow from 15 members when it first started to over 200 last year.
“We have been thrilled with the response to the club and this money from Pennant Walters will give us the power to push our events to the next level.
“We currently have three events per year, during February, May and November, and now that we have this chip timing system it will ensure that everyone participating will have the most accurate results of their race, allowing them to then work to their personal best.
“We are delighted and, thanks to Pennant Walters, we are looking forward to see how the club continues to grow.”
The Cwm Ogwr Running Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm at the Ogmore Valley Life Centre where athletes run various routes around the valley as well undertaking speed work.
Local energy company, Pennant Walters, provided the £7,000 from a fund linked to the construction of the new, but standalone, Pant y Wal Wind Extension Farm which is adjacent to Ogwr Valley.