With no XC (or was it Pizza Express in Woking?) to distract the troops this Saturday it was all up to parkrun to provide the thrills and spills. While Gareth Wainwright continues to make a mockery of the 17min barrier (16:50 this week) it was Habib Farazmand who stole the show with a big old PB. Known for his strength on Tues and Thurs sessions, Habib finally found the speed after a pecking away at 18:00 for several weeks. Habib ran 17:29. Michael Williamson, K&D’s first Olympian (although in a non-sport like swimming, or tiddy-winks or something), showed he’s just as good on dry land as he ran a super 18:07. With a PB of 18:01 he joins Danny Malone putting a twinkle in Irish eyes as both men look to go sub-18.
The conditions were great for fast running on Saturday as Kerry Ann Thompson ran her fastest parkrun in a while. Having taken a while to get back into her groove post injury she looks in great shape as she ran 21:45 – just 2 seconds slower than her 21:43 PB. Speaking of PB’s – While Sandra Boot’s son Louie continues to tear it up in the national rankings – we know where he gets his good genes from. Sandra smashed another PB out the park by running 25:37. That’s 5 PB’s in 9 weeks. Kerry Whitehill, in 25:52 rounded out the K&D women’s weekend podium.
Joining the PB party was James Hillier – one of the stupidly tall blokes of K&D, who ran 21:44. Seriously, between Hillier, Mayes, Thorley, Price, Williamson our club’s average hight must be about 6ft 2. Including Paul Bentley. (Sorry Paul!)
I don’t know, you wait ages for a new local parkrun then two turn up in quick succession. Oaklands sounds like a US Baseball Stadium but sits just off the Cov Road. Pete Makepeace sets the club course record there (20:31) followed in short order by Mr. Lloyd Barton who ran an excellent 21:10.
Nicky Evans opted for Finsbury park on Saturday as she enjoyed the bright lights of London. She finished behing National Standard runner, and major Scrabble Points scorer Naomi Tashchmowitz (17:23) but still ran a super 24;05.
One of 203 Dudley runners was our very own Jon Beech who clocked 25:42.
Two Edwards’ and one Sanders. Graham Edwards led the troops round in 24:13, followed by Caroline in 27:53. Rounding out the group was Mark Sanders who clocked 29:01. I resisted making a Colonel Sanders joke.
She’s up north but she’s still ours! Mary Heald enjoyed a relaxed 25:52.
The Chair popped off to the ‘undulating’ Bedworth Miners Welfare park. #Solidarity. Darren ran 18:53 while our Devon correspondent was allowed north, David John ran 30:35. Fun for all the family.
Babbs Mill parkrun:
You alright bab? Gareth Lloyd was more than alright as he sped round Babbs Mill in 25L05 for a top-30 place.
Sutton Park parkrun:
Kate Marsh ran 24:15 on a course that takes in off road and Road Relays sections.