Weekend Recap: Monty 5k’s Boxing Clever, The Great Birmingham 10k + parkrun Roundup

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WRRL: Monty 5k

Round 2: With Anthony Joshua leading the headlines on Sunday Morning it was an early start for K&D’s athletes lacing up for the second round of battle in the WRRL. The Monty 5k was fast and furious just like rounds 5 and 6 on Saturday night.

Joe Read and Flick Sharp were the leading male and female for the club in times of 17:04 and 20:24. Both Joe and Flick finished 4th Male and 4th Female.

Thanks to Leamington for hosting the event. Full club results are below:

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Joe Read – 17:02
Torsten Roesler – 18:26
Pete Makepeace – 20:16
Mike Day – 20:21
Flick Sharp – 20:24
Nicholas Atkin – 20:47
Adam O’Nions – 20:50
Steve Pensom – 21:08
Rosie Marsh – 21:15
Lloyd Barton – 21:32
Kathy Bailey – 21:50
Claire Magee – 22:22
Keith Whitehead – 22:59[/su_column]
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Jane Hunt – 23:06
Louise Bell – 23:32
Sarah Connors 24:20
Geoff Lewis – 24:32
Rachel Aston – 24:35
Paul Winwood – 24:42
Stephen Evans – 25:21
Claire Maggs – 27:03
Sally Anderson 27:03
Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell – 27:46
Linda Whitehead – 29:16
Claire Deeley – 31:01
Steve Marks – 32:36[/su_column]

Great Birmingham 10k

Live on Channel 5 on Sunday morning The Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k took place with its usual fanfare. With a new route does away with that awful hill there was an opportunity (finally!) to be able to run a fast time on the course without the race-ruining hill hitting you in the last mile and adding 45-90 seconds to your time. Except that on Sunday strong winds made running tough going. Doh!

There was also a change in finish location this year with the traditional Broad Street finish scrapped in favour of the more spacious surroundings of Millenium Point. No doubt with one eye on increased crowds for the Birmingham Marathon and Half in October.

Darren John was first man home, just beating a giant viola, in 35:42. The women were well represented by Elaine Callinan in 47:55.

Full results:

[su_column size=”1/2″]Darren John – 35:42
Michael Swann – 38:37
Steve McDonald – 39:03 (PB)
Danny Malone – 39:38
Richard Beale – 41:51 (PB)
Gary Welsh – 44:01
Richard Drakeley – 46:41 (PB)
Elaine Callinan – 47:55 (PB)
Gary Wickett – 50:07
Rob Stewart – 51:52
Michael Stapley – 55:52
Karen Stapley – 55:59[/su_column]
[su_column size=”1/2″]Caroline Edwards – 56:59 (PB)
Graham Edwards – 56:59 (PB)
Katie Oliver – 59:00 (PB)
Robert Yates – 59:56
Jan Hornby – 1:01:53
Frances Ramsden – 1:02:01 (PB)
Rebecca Blunt – 1:03:30 (PB)
Jo Tork – 1:04:02
Isabel Arthur – 1:05:59
Penny Garner – 1:05:59 (PB)
Emily King – 1:06:09 (PB)
Amanda Crees 1:08:12[/su_column]

Brueton parkrun

Three of the first four runners were K&D at Brueton as Gareth Wainwright took second place overall in 17:30 on the nose. Jane Evans continued her recent good run of form with a 17:51 in third overall. Chris Sharp eased back into things post-Boston with a 17:54.

Behind Jane in second and third place for the women were Sarah Cattell (24:20) and Hala Atkin (24:50) who made her Brueton parkrun debut finally!

There were personal bests this week for:

Jane Cant (31:06)
Tanya Cronin (29:02)
Ian Naisbitt (20:55)

And congratulations to Julie Sutton and Hala Atkin on completing your first Brueton parkrun’s. That’s basically your rite of passage at K&D.

Michael McDonald joined the 100 club too on Saturday.

Cannon Hill parkrun

There was a migration this week as several K&D athletes broke out of the borough of Solihull and made the short trip to Cannon Hill. Darren John ran an all time PB of 17:13. A 2 second improvement and a nibble closer to that 17:00 barrier.

Also running from the club were Keith Whitehead (24:02), Rob Stewart (25:44) , Kate Marsh (27:47) and Kirk Giles (17:47).

Burgess parkrun:

Chris Quarmby was among 262 runners at Burgess parkrun where he ran 27:26.

Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun:

While London didn’t go to plan for Rob Ambrose he showed he wasn’t too broken from the experience putting in a more than solid 18:14 to take the Number 1 tag at Portsmouth Lakeside. Well done Rob and great to see you back at it so soon!