Weekend Recap: Billy Shakes’ Stratford Six and parkrun roundups

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Stratford Summer Six

With suntan lotion the order of the day the Stratford Summer Six took its traditional Saturday evening slot again in the weekend just gone. A popular one with supporters (due to its historic setting at Mary Arden’s house… and in no way related to there being two pubs right near the start/finish line) the Summer Six continued to deliver in weather and performance stakes. 

Joseph Read delivered a fantastic run as first K&D man home in 33:40 for 5th overall. Simon Bentley clocked 34:51 (1st M35) and Tim Price (2nd M35) put in a strong showing 35:35. With 35:49 Chris Morgan ensured K&D placed 4 men in the top 15!

For the ladies Monica Green (44:03) was 4th in the F45 category, Lorraine Hobbs (45:12) 6th in the F45 category and Jemma Phelps (48:16) was 13th in the F35 category. Great performances all round.

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Warwickshire Road Race League results haven’t been updated yet. Apologies for not being able to bring you these at present.

Brueton parkrun

With Stratford in the evening Brueton saw just the 11 K&D runners. A big thumbs up to Linda Whitehead who did the Brueton/Stratford Double.

Gareth Wainwright showed his french sojourn did him no harm with another first finish. His 17:28 clocking saw him cross the line before anyone else on Saturday. A tale of two Mikes rounded out the top 3. Mike Durkin running 21:02 and Michael McDonald finishing in 21:33.

For the ladies Fiona Andrews took the first finishers rosette this week in 28:52. Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell was second across the line in 29:25 before the unstoppable Linda Whitehead in 32:36 – who was warming up nicely for her evening’s racing.

Poole parkrun

Steve Way, Commonwealth Games Marathoner (2:15:16 PB), Ultra Marathoner and generally all round decent bloke calls Poole parkrun his local. He clocked a casual 16:24 to take the tape at Poole parkrun this weekend. However our very own Super Steve, Steve Marks ensured that Way was only the second coolest Steve on the course (he’s not a K&D member unlike our own Mr. Marks!). Steve M let Steve W take the win, clocking 32:06 so as not to put Mr. Way under too much pressure.

Rosliston parkrun

Rosliston is a beautiful parkrun in a forestry centre. It was a lovely parkrun to visit, only fourty-five minutes up the road. That being said, running it three hours before the hooter goes to start your first lap of twenty-four hour relay in blistering heat might not, on reflection, be the best idea Darren John has ever had. Even a relatively sedate 29:53 trott around felt like 10km in that heat. Luckily about three hundred other Thunder Run 24 runners were also stupid enough to do the same.

As an aside a massive congrats to the Rosliston parkrun event team. They were only on their 19th event, usually attracting 100-120 runners. On Saturday they faultlessly dealt with 476 runners. An epic task worthy of Lord of the Rings. Not only that but they also manned the 8km mark at Thunder Run for the full 24 hours. A great show of community and commitment.

Remember your sun tan lotion kids! Good Running.