In a pretty different kind of event, Neil Bates achieved a new PB time for 10k in the London Spring 10k in Regents Park on Saturday, completing the three-lap course in 40.44… and all before I had even got out of bed! (Woops.)
And in parkrun news: fastest Harrier of the day in parkrun events on Saturday 20 May was Allan Stewart, who was second at Cannon Hill Park (Birmingham) in 16.00; Louise Durman was first lady in Bournemouth, with a time of 19.04, whilst Shaun Fry ran a PB time of 19.25. On home turf, Michael Day clocked 19.12 at Black Park, joined by: Mike Worsfold (20.41); Matt Channer (21.10); Matt Robins (23.05); Seb and Matt Lawrence (both 24.10); Paul Pearce (24.19 – in his 50th official parkrun, though knowing how often Paul doesn’t scan his barcode, I suspect its quite a few more than that…); Tim Dawson (25.58); Rosie Davenport (26.40); Shaheen Dent (29.47) and Ian Lawson (31.25). In Wycombe Rye, David Howells was first Harrier home in 21.51, joined by Ben Durston who clocked 29.52 in his 25th parkrun. Doug King completed Gadebridge in 27.00; Robert Gill did Northala Fields in 23.37 and David Saul clocked 23.00 in Worthing. Tring Park saw a good number of firsts and PBs for Harriers. Luis Fra and Helen Cholawo, evidently inspired by Trevor’s training session in Tring Park on Tuesday, both completed their first ever parkruns in 21.51 and 24.34, respectively. Callum and Daniel Powell both got PBs (23.23), as did Rachel Ayres (26.02). Hugh Beedell completed the hilly course in 22.13. And, finally, it was a PB for Ed Wright at Cassiobury Park, with a time of 20.50. He was joined by: Lyn Mellor (23.52); Ben Savage (23.58 in his first Cassiobury parkrun) and Adam Pomerantz (27.23).
Wrapping up Saturday’s news, a quick mention for Julia Aliaj and Beth Lang who did the Colour Obstacle Rush… quite a different 5k, but sounds (and looks) fun!
Moving on to today, Tom Powell completed the Richmond Park Marathon as part of his build-up to the Cotswold Way Challenge (100k from Bath to Cheltenham, with Hugh Beedell and me for company). Tom did very well on the hilly trail course, finishing in 4.03.43. Well done, Tom!
Meanwhile, Andy Wiseall was 12th in the Stockley Park 10k, in a time of 38.52.8, and Mike ‘Tiny’ Turney was 1st V50 in the same event in a time of 40.11.7.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Brooks Last Friday of the Month 5k, the Chiltern Chase, Run the Rock 5 & 10k, Run Bedford 10k, the King’s Langley Puffaten and the Penn Seven. Check out the Club Calendar for more!