This weekend seems to have been a relatively quiet one for races, so we’ll start off with a short bit of parkrun news from last weekend, when father and son, Glen and Luke Martin both earned themselves PBs at Rickmansworth (respective times of 20.14 and 22.02).
Moving on to parkrun yesterday, Saturday 8 July: Nick Hughes was the fastest Harrier of the day, clocking a 16.42 at Cassiobury Park. It was a PB for Bex Nkoane (18.36 and 1st lady) and Simone Pomerantz (27.14), with strong performances from: Adam Pomerantz (21.14); Kate Loach (21.27) and Lyn Mellor (27.14). PBs were also on the table for Luis Fra (18.48) and Juan Jose Gallardo Galan (23.08) at Aylesbury. Louise Durman ran away with 1st lady in Wycombe, with a time of 18.59, chased home by fiancé Shaun Fry on 19.15. Joining them were: Matts Channer and Robins (PBs of 21.33 and 23.31, respectively); Aran Davison (19.33); Cormac Nisbet (20.38); Laura Hayers (23.12); Paul Pearce (23.30) and Gemma Stockwell (28.30). At Black Park it was double Chiltern trouble in the ladies’ race, with Abbie and Holly Henderson leaving the rest of the field behind in a time of 21.09 (a new PB). Tom Hunter was 4th overall with a PB time of 18.46 and Catherine Staunton reached the milestone of parkrun 200, with a time of 25.16. Joining them were: Matt Lawrence (22.36); Stephen Henderson (23.59, a new PB); Sebastian Lawrence (24.50 and Paula Walker (30.14). it was PBs-a-plenty for the ladies at Rickmansworth - Rachel Ayres led them home in 23.52, followed by: Christine Moore (25.22); Miriam Kempson (26.32) and Angela Hughes (27.45). Tom Ayres completed his 95th parkrun in 25.38. Some ‘away matches’ this week included: Natalie Baker (27.51 in Fælledparken in Denmark); David Saul (26.55 in Winchester); Tim Dawson (24.09 in Barnstaple); David Breingan (20.27 in Knocknacarra, Ireland) and Hugh Beedell, who gets the prize for furthest-afield (22.32 in Whistler, Canada). More locally, Trevor Brawn clocked 24.43 in Ellenbrook Fields (Hatfield); Richard Lloyd completed Tring in 26.10 and Doug King managed 27.51 at Gadebridge.
Ed Wright did his first event in a Harriers vest at the Hemel 10k, clocking a time of 45.58, dedicating his PB time to the one and only Trevor Brawn.
Finally a quick note of congrats to Pip Harris, who took part for the second year in the Hearing Dogs 80 mile cycle event, clocking a time of 6.52. The event is a tough warm-up for the Ride London event at the end of the month.