Weekend Recap: Gary Goes to Pol-ywood: The Bower of Love

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Centurions GP:
The first race of 2020 for many, at least those not at the Warwickshire XC Champs on Sat. The Centurions GP’s are fast and flat and a great place to either step up from 5k’s or test out your speed deep into winter.

Headline news from Gary Polhill who had an absolute stormer. 27:32 for 5 miles is rapid. Listed on the club website as a 35+ record was Tim Price at Sphinx 5, running 28:17 in 2012. Gary replaces Tim on the leader board (if anyone knows of any other club records that need updating please do email the club). First woman for K&D was Rosie Marsh who braves THE SHOES on the rough parts of Babbs Mill’s course. Did they survive? Rosie ran 34:07 on her comeback trail for 3rd woman overall.

The K&D Podiums were complimented by Anthony Dutton in 32:17 and Steve Armstrong in 33:52. Steve took 1st V60+. Even though he doesn’t look a day over 20 (multiplied by three). Natalie Callinan has rejoined the club after her worldly soujourns and rocked up with a 37:12, pipping Jane Hunt who ran 38:35.

Full Results:

Gary Pohill27.32Karen Ratcliffe43.11
Anthony Dutton32.17Victoria Cook43.22
SteveArmstrong33.52Geoff Lewis43.57
Rosie Marsh34.07Richard Wassell43.58
Phil Wood35.21Sandra Boot44.37
Natalie Callinan37.12Lynsey Drakeley50.24
Jane Hunt38.35Caroline Edwards52.15
Kate Marsh40.12Gail Partridge52.41
Kevin Tomkinson40.49Amanda Crees53.23
Mike Duggan40.53Penny Taylor53.44
Graham Edwards41.08  

Brueton parkrun:
Back to normality with a Saturday parkrun. Fun Fact: It was the Chairman’s 6th parkrun Birthday. Gareth Wainwright didn’t go easy on him though. Oh no. He has a Sub-17 streak to continue. Saturday’s 16:54 made it 11 on the bounce. Habib Farazmand continued to pepper the mid-17’s with a 17:30 while Chairman Darren broke 18, running 17:59. His recent parkruns have all 17:59, 17:59, 17:40, 18:00, 17:59. Hmmm.

Kate Leeson was pick of the K&D Women with a 24:48. Taking full advantage of the Cross Country later that day to snatch a place at the top of the podium with glee. Nicky Evans did the parkrun/Cross Country double. Warming up with a 25:01 with Katie Connolly just behind in 25:34. Less than 60 seconds separating the top 3.

Almost making the women’s top 3, but still being rewarded with a PB was Janice Lisiecki in a new best of 25:44. She joined Ed Bower in the PB jamboree as he ran 19:23. Great way to start the new year!

Oaklands parkrun:
He looks about 12 but George de Bolla showed us that Oaklands is a great place to run fast. Plus you can go to Tesco at The Swan Shopping Centre after. George burned up the park with a first place finish and a sub-17. Running 16:58 to show he’s come through Christmas in fine fettle. Just behind George, Big Dave Carbutt ran a strong 18:41, Kerry Ann Thompson clocked an impressive 21:05 for first woman, Paul Winwood ran 23:54 and Kate Marsh ran 23:56.

Bromley parkrun:
Adam O’Nions found himself somewhere down in the south of England. Bromley to be exact. What an exciting life he leads. He ran 20:37 which is smoking. Charles Darwin was born on the outskirts of Bromley in 1809. He’s dead now though so not much good at parkrun.

South Manchester parkrun:
He also still looks about 12. And he’s still got K&D on his profile so we’ll still count him. Jack Bristow ran 17:53.

Dudley parkrun:
Simon Battson ran 25:35 at Dudley parkrun. The zoo is rubbish in the winter as all the animals are inside watching the Gaving & Stacey Christmas Special on BBC iPlayer.

Arrow Valley parkrun:
Oh look. Kev and Alison are touristing again. Like Whack-A-Mole they just pop up randomly in places on Saturday morning. Kev ran 27:42, Alison clocked 47:05. Neither got whacked by a giant hammer.

Green Point parkrun:
South of the equator and in lovely warm Cape Town, South Africa, Jo Tork ran 38:10. We’re not jealous. Honest.

Babbs Mill parkrun:
Phil Wood finished 5th overall running 22:02. He beat Rob Michaelson-Yeates. Who ran a leisurely 23:03. Phil’s claiming it though. Tanya Cronin ran 35:47 leaving the boys to it.

Warwick Racecourse parkrun:
Put a fiver on Lloyd Barton* who took advantage of the going being good to run 20:43.

(*)Note: K&D do not condone betting on our athletes at parkrun.