21.09.2013. That was the last parkrun PB for Pete Makepeace. Like the Olympic veteran going into the games, some said that the whippersnappers would seize the limelight. Others said that Bernard Lagat qualifying for Rio at 41 was the feel good story of the 5000m this summer. But Makepeace stormed round Brueton parkrun this Saturday to silence the billions watching at home. Delivering his own Super Saturday to eclipse that night in London in 2012 he delivered a stunning 19:26. In doing so he destroyed his PB by 20 seconds.
Twenty-seven K&D runners turned out on Saturday morning. Gareth Wainwright continued his run of remarkably consistent mid-seventeen minute clockings. He was first through the funnel over all in 17:29. Chris Sharp took a break from babysitting duties to remind us that he can still knock out a casual 18:18. Pete Makepeace’s PB brought him in 8th overall to round out the top three. Don’t make us wait three more years to use the ‘Makepeace Not War’ pun again please Pete!
For the ladies Penelope Garner smashed through the thirty minute barrier for the first time ever at parkrun. Her PB of 29:35 leaving that thirty minute barrier in tatters lying all over park in her wake. Flick Sharp kept Chris on his toes with a 20:30 run; she was first lady through the funnel for K&D and reminded everyone’s favourite Parrot that he doesn’t have it all his own way in the Sharp household. Jane Hunt registered 23:26 for second K&D lady and seventh lady home overall. In 26:04 was Sarah Cattell on her 80th run at Brueton.
Steve Armstrong has now ran 199 parkruns and Russell Davies is on the magical 99. Good Luck chaps. Remember the celebratory cake!
A quiet weekend on the travel front. Close-ish to home Mark Burgoyne shrew-edly made an appearance at Shrewsbury parkrun on Saturday morning. He clocked 20:02 for twentieth place.
Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell went on a Beast of Bodmin Moor hunt down at the National Trust’s Lanhydrock Country Estate. No word on whether she found any big cats but she did run 32:38 at their parkrun.