Weekend Recap: Not the Birmingham Half


Well. That was… different? A security threat near Cannon Hill park caused a last minute reroute and aa 17.75km course. Frustrating for anyone in PB shape, aiming for a time or doing their first half – but the right choice for everyone’s safety. Even if the suspicious vehicle was later cleared as safe.

With no idea how far we’d be running, it added a layer of chaotic fun to the event as people enjoyed the opportunity to race and not worry about time trialling.

It certainly didn’t hinder Gareth Wainwright, Chris Morgan and George de Bolla who all finished high up the field. Gareth ran a super 1:01:45 to finish 20th overall while Chris Morgan’s 1:02:40 was 32nd best and George just missed out on a top-50 place with 1:05:58. The picture of Gareth above shows him hanging out with the cool kids.

Zammie Williamson was the first lady for K&D with a 1:29:15. She and Caroline Park put together a titanic tussle as Zammie just edged Caroline’s 1:30:27. Nicky Evans, in 1:32:47 almost crashed the Caroline and Zammie battle but couldn’t quite reel they in despite an excellent run herself.

We hope what was a slightly weird day has left you hungry to smash those PB’s though. Well done for taking the changes in good spirits and still delivering some excellent results.

Full Results:

Gareth Wainwright2001:01:45Richard Lisiecki255901:34:20
Chris Morgan3201:02:40Kate Marsh256701:34:23
George De Bolla5301:05:58Mike Mcdonald272401:35:18
Darren John8201:08:01Chris Wellings290001:36:19
Paul Bentley17401:11:51Kathryn Bird322801:38:08
Ainsley Wainwright17701:11:57Graham Edwards328701:38:31
Simon Smith20101:12:51Anna Wilson331101:38:38
Rob Ambrose25501:13:50Paul Winwood334801:38:51
Stuart Lee Male29901:14:40Janice Lisiecki376201:41:34
Joshua Hartle38001:16:11Christine Yarnell382001:41:57
Adam O’Nions75401:21:26Darryl Wilkes392701:42:45
James Hillier97801:23:09Victoria Cook393201:42:47
Simon Franks98201:23:13Robert Taylor432401:45:06
Gary Welsh110701:24:19Caroline Edwards455901:46:40
Zammie Williamson173901:29:15Katie Price470201:47:43
Caroline Park193801:30:27Rosie Vetter470501:47:45
Marc Bozdogan203701:31:02Surinder Badhan508301:50:19
Nicola Evans230401:32:47Isabel Collins607101:58:57
Mark Gale230501:32:47Smita Deshpande646702:03:21
Kay Adenipekun243101:33:34Indra Jenking689502:10:04

Brueton parkrun:
There is a massive fight brewing between Habib Farazmand and Danny Malone to be the next K&D Man to go sub 18 minutes at Brueton. Habib has been peppering the 18 minute barrier for several weeks now (18:03/18:04/18:04) while Danny, a relatively rare parkrunner showed off his recent improvements with an 18:05. While the sensible money is on Habib – if Danny can shake baby duties to clock a couple more parkrun’s soon it could be a close, close call.

Both men battled out behind Gareth Wainwright who is now making sub-17 the norm. 16:52 this week as Habib’s 18:04 and Danny’s 18:05 (PB) backed G-Man up,

Rosie Marsh notched another First Woman counter as she crossed the line in 21:46 – ahead of any other woman. Bosh! Her quickest time yet on recovery. Just behind in 2nd was Louise Bell who ran 22:45 and Jane Hunt who’s 23:24 made it a K&D 1 to 3 of podium places.

Congratulations go to Oxana Hafeez who joined the 100 club.

Basildon parkrun:
Simon Battson battered Basildon parkrun in 25:02

Torbay Veloparkrun:
Torbay ex-pat and Devon correspondent David John ran 29:37

Moors Valley:
Kevin Tomkinson clocked a buggy pushing 26:17

Ballincolig parkrun:
Irish Correspondent Riina Kuuselo ran a swift 19:49

Fairview parkrun:
Anthony didn’t had a fair view of the field as they were all behind him bar three party-poopers. He stormed round for 4th place in 19:41.

Hasenheide parkrun:
A couple of weeks after Darren and David John ran Berlin’s parkrun up popped Subhash Agarwalla to run 30:05 – he goes ahead of David John in the K&D Hasenheide parkrun rankings (Ha! – Chairman)

Dishley parkrun:
Ian Maidment took a trip to Loughborough to run 28:34

Babbs Mill parkrun:
4 of the finest athletes known to the Solihull-ish area popped up in Babbs Mill as Phil Wood should he could in 22:05, Victoria Cook-ed up a great run in 27:36 and the Maggs-nificent duo of Claire and Darren Maggs skipped round in 27:46 and 29:42. Claire scoring one for the girls as she trounced her hubster Darren.