Weekend Recap: Comrades and Race to The Tower Cap Doffing, parkrun PB’s x7


Comrades Marathon:

Iconic. One of the greatest foot races in the world. The 90km Comrades Marathon is one of the ultimate bucket list events. It’s defeated many great athletes over the year. Not K&D’s finest though. On his very first attempt Max Mladenovic ran an astonishing 8:40:10.

This is a bloke who left the Arden 9 in an Ambulance a few years ago!  Astonishing recovery and an inspiration. 

From first timers to men who make Comrades a casual weekend at home. Kevin Boake finished what we estimate to be his 347th Comrades. Kev ran 9:47:10. Kev’s consistency over the years at Comrades has been superb and verging on super human.

Race to the Tower: 

Another of our team Chris Thorley aced the 2018 edition of Race to the Tower.  Chris finished up in 7th place. 52 miles in 9.5 hours with almost 8000ft of climb in some serious heat in the afternoon. A superb effort for Thorley!

Brueton parkrun:

Darren John took K&D’s first spot on Saturday. Leading for 2/3rd but fading to finish just behind BRAT’s John Jennings, Darren had to settle for 17:57 and a day in bed feeling rough. Chris Morgan forgot his barcorde so 2nd place goes to Paul Bentley in 18:52 and 3rd is awarded to Paul Williams in 18:59.

K&D Women were led by Flick Sharp who’s 21:42 took the honours. Mary Heald managed a 22:51 with a buggy while Louise Bell’s 23:16 means you could throw a blanket over our first three. There’s probably a spare one in Mary’s buggy. 

PB’s Galore on Saturday for our runners as good conditions and a good block of racing is paying off. So here we go…

Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell put her sub-2 half speed into practice over 5k and came away with a new PB of 25:36. Did she mention she PB’d recently? 🙂

Smita Deshpande smited personal best with a new clocking of 27:26.

Lindsay Dalby enjoyed a smooth new PB of 24:33.

On parkrun number 305 Kevin Tomkinson rocked a 23:51.

Nick Burke made another appearance in this column dropping his PB to 24:00. Massive improvement.

Kelly Cridland lowered her PB to 30:30.

Richard Orriel dipped under 22 with a snazzy 21:57.


Conkers parkrun:

Steve Armstrong visited the lovely Conkers parkrun; Steve clocked a rather spicy 22:55.