In parkrun news yesterday there were wins for Luke Martin (18.53 in Bognor); me (20.28 in Northampton) and for Orla Williams, in what looks to have been a stunning sprint for the line between her and Ali Young at Rickmansworth. Both Orla and Ali finished in 18.31, earning themselves all-time parkrun PBs in the process. Ricky also saw all-time PB performances by Miriam Kempson (24.45, and also an age category win) and Mick Dolling (25.31). And finally, it was a milestone day for Doug King, who completed his 100th parkrun at Gadebridge (26.56), and Alden Collier who had his parkrun debut at Futakotamagawa in Japan! Alden’s time was 20.15 and, incidentally, it was the first time the event has been run.
In other 5k news, Ben Hetherington won his first ever race: the 80s Family Fun Run in aid of Florence Nightingale Hospice. The event took place around the lake at Watermead, Aylesbury, where Ben began running. Ben’s time was 19.16 (Strava time). Race Report is of no doubt that there will be many a victory to come for Ben. Meanwhile, in London Grant Whitaker completed the first of this year’s Regents Park 10k Summer Series, in a time of 43.45 (Strava time), and Tom Dixon did the Thames Valley Spring Half Marathon at Dorney Lake in 1.20.14 (also a Strava time).
And finally, today, Sunday 7 April, Rik Edwards and Michael Whittingham both completed the Grand Union Canal Half Marathon. Michael came home in 1.32.59 and Rik in 1.47.11 (2ndV60). Well done both.
COMING UP LOCALLY: Run the Wild, Beaconsfield 5, Last Friday of the Month, Run the Claydons and the Virgin London Marathon. Check out Club Calendar for more.
AND DON’T FORGET to book your tickets for the Social on 18 May. Even if you can’t attend, you can still vote for your choices for the ‘Players’ Player’ awards. More details and tickets here.