Vitality Big Half: Tune into BBC on a Sunday morning for the Rob Michaelson-Yeates Running Show as Rob hogged the air-time by pacing the leading British women. With Director of Running Hannah England commentating and Rob front and centre for much of the race it was K&D taking over the BBC. Rob ran a new club record and a sensational 1:11:12. He finished 86th overall. But was beaten by British women Lily Partridge and Sam Harrison. Which makes the rest of us feel a little better at least. Huge congrats to Rob on the incredible run.
Rob split the first 5k in 16:34, 10k in 33:21 and 20k in 1:07:35. He was also 4th V40.
While Rob was running ridiculous times in London he was having to fend off the challenge of Gareth Wainwright who broke the men’s club HM record in Warwick. His 1:13:05 would have been a new club best… had Rob not finished his half 2 minutes before. Oh how cruel life can be. Gary Polhill backed up his recent 1:15:33 with a 1:15:56 on an undulating and windy Warwick course. Third K&D man was Darren John in 1:22:16. Suffering stomach issues (as is custom) Darren was content with a bad 1:22. A bad 1:22 is better than a good 1:22. Flick Sharp smashed her own PB with a super 1:27:29. Co-incidentally Flick’s run secured Garerth, Gary and Flick the Barrie Wells Warick Half Club Challenge Trophy. Which looks great on the chairman’s bedside table.
Congrats too go to a number of K&D’er PB’ers. Gareth Wainwright (1:13:05), Flick Sharp (1:27:29) were joined by a storming runs from Gary Welsh (1:39:30), James Cowan (1:42:36) who ran a huge 15 min+ PB, Kate Fokes (1:54:31), Chris Wellings (1:59:00) and Karen Sweeney (2:10:25). On a tough course they’re superb results.
|4||1:13:05 (PB)||Gareth Wainwright|
|81 (5th W)||1:27:29 (PB)||Felicity Sharp|
|301||1:39:30 (PB)||Gary Welsh|
|396||1:42:36 (PB)||James Cowan|
|785||1:54:31 (PB)||Kate Fokes|
|869||1:59:00 (PB)||Chris Wellings|
|1125||2:10:25 (PB)||Karen Sweeney|
The 501st Brueton parkrun saw lashing cold rain at 9am. Perfect for running fast? Not at all. But that didn’t stop a slew of fast times.
Gareth Wainwright continued his hot streak with a 16:46. 16/17 of his last parkruns have been between 16:30 and 17 mins. A lone 17:38 in horrendous weather at Cannon Hill spoiling the party. Led out at an ‘honest’ pace by Darren John (i.e. Suicidal pace) George de Bolla was second K&D but forgot his barcode. D’oh! So 2nd place goes to Habib Farazmand in 17:33 and Darren John in a painful 18:26.
Then the party really got started with Ed Bower running a PB of 19:00. On the nose. Rob Mundy consolidated a superb Cross season in a PB of 19:01. Who’ll break 19 first?
To paraphrase Seasame Street, this week’s letter of the week for the women was clearly ‘K’. Kate Marsh was first K&D woman in 22:37, followed by Kate Leeson in 23:35 and Katy Connolly in 24:15. Kate L and Katy C were split by Kay A who, despite being a man, joined the K party.
Stephen Ray continued his impressive run of form post-XC season with a 22:02. He was joined by Mike Durkin in 25:10
Perry Hall parkrun:
Steve Marks, Welsh national icon, found himself closer to home this weekend, running 35:13 in Perry Hall
Rutland Water parkrun:
Jane Evans claimed another first woman placing at another parkrun. Adding to her collection in Rutland she ran 18:59
Victoria Dock parkrun:
Kev Tomkinson and Alsion Giblin took on one of the flattest parkrun’s in the country at Victoria Dock. Freezing temperatures and a huge downpour didn’t help them though as they paddled round in a soggy 24:09 and 34:25
Roma Pineto parkrun:
Alan Green ran our first ever K&D Italian parkrun, we think. He has however now had to be put in quarantine for two weeks in case he has Corona. His 24:28 was surely worth it though
Just the one K&D’er at Oaklands this weekend. Pete Makepeace finished 4th overall in a sub-21 time of 20:51