Weekend Recap: Read it and Weep, Christmas Crackers, K&P RC

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Parkrun Sat 17 Dec 2016

Joe Read and Oliver Paulin (Coventry Godiva) had a good old festive throwdown on Saturday. Both tore up the Brueton park leaving a trail of broken runners behind them. Joe Read very nearly ruined Christmas in the Sharp household as his brilliant battle with Paulin led him to a new PB of 16:10. Equaling the men’s club record currently held by Chris Sharp. Congratulations to Joe on a stunning run. We look forward to the battle of the heavyweights in 2017 when Joe Read and Chris Sharp go head to head over 5k. Box Office.

Behind Joe (way, way, way behind!) were plenty of others on the crisp parkrun morning. Gareth Wainwright was second K&D’er in 17:13 followed by Tim Price in 17:54.

First K&D Lady was Elaine Callinan in a new PB of 23:08. Sarah Cattell wasn’t far behind in 23:56 and in third was Karen Stapley in 26:04. Always great to see new names cropping up on the top-3’s. Well done ladies!

PB Corner this week features both Joe Read (16:10) and Elaine Callinan (23:08). They are joined by Caroline Edwards (27:34) and Mike Durkin (20:43). Congrats to those PB breakers. Perfect pre-christmas present to yourselves.

Christmas Cracker 10k

Morton Morrell’s annual Christmas Cracker drew in those who see this time of year as a perfect time to spend time with the family do more novelty named races. 

Recent recruit Rosie Marsh ran a strong 46:05 to be first K&D lady. She finished 21st overall. Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell was second in a PB of 53:55. Taking a large chunk off her previous best. Linda Whitehead then broke the hour mark with a 59:50. Though her result has he listed as running for Knowle & Porridge Running Club… 

Now we’ve stopped laughing at Knowle & Porridge we can tell you Louise Taylor ran 1:01:05. Jan Hornby ran 1:03:03 and Penny Garner ran 1:03:37.

Portsmouth Costal Waterside Marathon:

Down in Portsmouth John Garside was certainly in ship-shape form with 3.53 in the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon, a multi-terrain 26.2 miles which includes elements of running on the beach and off-road. Sub-4 is a cracking effort.

St. Helen’s parkrun:

Rob Ambrose took himself upt’north to St. Helens parkrun. He enjoyed a strong 19:39 run. I presume in snowy conditions because it is so much closer to the North Pole.

Burgess parkrun:

Down in Landan Town, Southwark to be precise, Jenny Owen ran 26:25. Presumably not in snowy conditions because London is so much closer to the equator.

Skipton parkrun:

Going all the way back upt’north to Skipton in North Yorkshire we find Ian Naisbitt running a very respectable 22:39.

Tewkesbury parkrun:

Anthony Dutton enjoyed a little tour popping up in Tewkesbury to run 20:27. I had to google Tewkesbury and apparently Tewkesbury is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. I think Anthony went to the one in Gloucestershire though.

Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun:

Mark Amyes ran 21:36 at the home of the Bard who surely, had he been around today, have written a sonnet about parkrun. ‘Sonnet 18: An Ode to parkrun’. Shall I compare thee to a run on a summer’s day?

Great Running Team!