Moving on to parkrun events near and far: first mention of the day goes to Lyn Mellor who topped the points table yesterday at Cassiobury Park on their second anniversary run. Lyn ran a time of 24.06, whilst Andrew Stewart clocked a new parkrun all-time PB of 20.15. Andrew’s son Allan was the fastest parkrunning Harrier of the day, with a time of 16.20 in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. Susan Jarman was also running further afield, finishing first lady in her hometown of South Shields in 22.15. At Black Park Ollie Jackson was first home in a stunning time of 18.18. Joining him were: Michael Day – 18.40; Neil Bates – 19.59; Mike Worsfold – 20.29; Ian Lawson – 21.21; Ben Jackson with a new PB of 22.25; Matt Lawrence – 22.46; Matt Channer – 22.47; Beth Lang – 23.46; Sebastian Lawrence – 24.18; Rosie Davenport – 25.39; Tim Dawson – 25.40; Matt Robins – 25.42 and Shaheen Dent – 30.10. At St Albans Mairead O’Rourke was not held back by a buggy to come in 5th lady in 22.00. David Howells led Harriers home at Wycombe Rye, with a time of 21.26 and joined swiftly by Adam Jones and Jay Grigson in 21.27. Joanne Murray finished in 29.53 and Philip Lewis in 30.08. In Aylesbury Nathan Taylor was 3rd in 19.20; in Northala Fields Robert Gill earned a course record for his age group with a time of 23.55 and at Tring Hugh Beedell clocked a respectable time of 22.55 and Lesley Perkin completed the course for the first time in 32.22.
In half marathon news, Ben Rivans was in action down in Brighton today (Sunday 26 February), where he was 2017th in the 2017 Brighton Half Marathon, with a respectable time of 1.46.34. New club member Nick Hancock earned himself a PB in the first running of the Thorpe Park Half Marathon, with a time of 1.38.01. Joining him was Fraser Chapman, a member of Chiltern Tri, in 1.34.39. It was also a PB for Shaun Fry at the Bourton 10k in the Cotswolds, with a time of 42.49; fiancée Louise Durman was 5th lady and, despite a cold, clocked a speedy 38.33. And finally, Mark Bruce was repeating upon last week’s 10k form today in the Winslow Lions 10k, coming 6th overall and 2nd MV40 with a time of 36.37. He was joined by local Winslow resident and scourge of the seven seas Trevor ‘The Pirate’ Poole (40.09) and Phil Kilikis (46.48).
COMING UP LOCALLY: the very first Rickmansworth parkrun on 4th March at the Rickmansworth Aquadrome; Berkhamsted Half; the Club AGM and the Ridge Off-Roader Half Marathon. See the Club Calendar for more.