Weekend Recap: Hooray for Hollywood & Another Drakeley PB

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Brueton parkrun

I don’t think I have ever typed a name more often than I type the name Lynsey Drakeley recently. We may just rename this section of the website the Drakeley Recap at this rate. Eleven parkruns and seven personal bests. Lynsey cracked the thirty minute barrier for the first time at parkrun. Thirty minutes is a big barrier for many people. Lynsey’s progress has been sensational over the last few months. From 36:03 in Feb to 29:41 in June. Outstanding.

Russel Davies led the men home in 20:35. He was followed by Kevin Boake (in a rather envy-inducing Comrades Marathon shirt) in 20:43 and Andrew Connors 20:47. A blanket finish for those three.

On the ladies side of results Kathy showed she’s recovered from her multi-continental marathoning by running a zippy 23:27. Amanda Crees was second in 29:34, in front of the fast improving Lynsey Drakeley (29:41).

Bubbling just under major milestones are Russell Davies on 96 parkruns and Steve Armstrong on an impressive 195. Good luck to those gentlemen on the coming weeks.

Coventry parkrun

Rumours that Ian Maidment has been sent to Coventry were confirmed this week when he popped up in the results of Coventry parkrun. Thankfully it was only for a bit of parkrun tourism, not any sort of excommunication. He put good showing for the green and gold with a solid 24:44 showing. We’ll try to keep you updated on his Judith Chalmers-esque travels next week if his tourism continues!

Wythall and Hollywood 10k

On Sunday 26th June a small gaggle of Knowle and Dorridge members rocked up to do battle at the Wythall & Hollywood 10k. A community led race, the two lapper also offers a 5k option. The course is scenic with closed roads. Cheap to enter and well supported. Although a long uphill section (c. 1-5km done twice) takes it out the legs there are also sweeping and lengthy downhill sections whereby you can get a little speed up.

Kirk Gillies was first K&D man home. Against a very strong field at the sharp end he finished 10th in 36:55. Darren John was second K&D man home in 37:36 for 12th. Third was Steven Mcdonald in 44:34. Ian Williams finished in 47:57. Chris Taylor followed shortly after in 51:37 and Clare Carmen represented the ladies in 54:09. Well done to everyone who ran.

As a local race with good organisation, a UKA certificate and a friendly atmosphere it definitely goes on the recommended local races list.

Good Running Team.

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