Coventry Half Marathon
You know you are getting towards business time when the half marathon’s start coming thick and fast. Coventry Half saw the now annual mass migrations of Knowle & Dorridge athletes into Coventry City Centre. Howling winds met the squad virtually the entire way round the course; making the route’s first 10 miles uphill even more challenging.
Darren John led the eight K&D runners round the course finishing in 11th place overall and recording a new PB of 1:18:05. Kathy Bailey was first K&D lady home; she also won her age group. Congrats to Kathy! Congrats also go to James Taylor, Clare Carmen and Tanya Cronin who all ran PB’s on a tough day out on the roads.
Darren John – 1:18:05 (PB)
Richard Dixon – 1:26:26
James Taylor – 1:27:06 (PB)
Kevin Boake – 1:34:48
Kathy Bailey – 1:42:36
Sarah Cattell – 1:53:41
Clare Carmen – 2:03:00 (PB)
Tanya Cronin – 2:24:04 (PB)
Russell Davies also ran Coventry Half in 1:32 but showed up as a DNF. We assume it was a faulty chip issue!
With a number of runners saving their legs for Coventry and various other races in the coming weeks you might have expected a smaller field at Brueton. If so you’d have been very wrong. Congratulations to the parkrun core team at Brueton who handled a record 501 finishers this weekend!
Darren John warmed up for Coventry Half by running 17:36 – his third fastest 5k time. A first mile of 5:20 was a nudge too quick and the legs were feeling it by the end! Behind Darren were Tim Price and Richard Dixon who ran 18:44 and 18:57 – both with nice comfortable sub-19’s.
For the ladies Jane Hunt continued her excellent for running all the two’s 22:22. An excellent run and 82.04% age grade result. Sensational stuff. Siobhan Cotter ran 24:10 to be second club lady and was followed by a PB’ing Amanda Crees in 25:49.
Joining Jane Hunt in the VIP PB Booth this week are:
Lianne Le Swann – 28:36 (PB!)
Hayley Murphy – 28:18 (PB!)
Amanda Crees – 25:49 (PB!)
To quote Annie Lennox from The Eurythmics…”Sisters are doin’ it for themselves.”
Alison Jennings was at the home of parkrun – Bushy Park. She ran 34:04 on her pilgrimage to such a sacred site.
Across the border in the land of leeks Katie Oliver ran 27:58.
Opting for the quicker of two races in Coventry this weekend Ian Maidment ran a very satisfying 25:00 dead.
Continuing the Eurythmics tie-ins Riina Kuuselo showed that ‘Swede dreams are made of these’ things called parkruns; running 21:01 in Sweden.
Good Running Team!