Weekend Recap: Stratford Showers


Stratford Summer Six: A day of storms, showers, pelting cats and dogs didn’t stop the K&D’s Waterproof Wonders from smashing the six mile course and then hitting the pubs outside Mary Arden’s gaff.

Fresh from his strong 3000m track exploits Chris Sharp finished 2nd overall in a super 32:35. Hanging on his coat tails was Rob Michaelson-Yeates in 33:06 and Simon Bentley in 35:47 rounding out the K&D top-3.

For the K&D Women it was Rocket Rachel Gifford who stormed round in 36:27 for 2nd Woman. Flick Sharp joined in the quick sharp fun with a 39:03

Other notable results include Dan Mayes running in his green and gold vest for the first time clocking a super 39:21. Amanda O’Leary continued our stong women’s performances with 40:59. Geoff Lewis had a great sub-55 run

Full Results:

Chris Sharp  32:35Caroline Park  46:41
Rob Michaelson Yeates  33:06Jane Hunt  46:56
Simon Bentley  35:47Rob Stewart  48:28
Rachel Gifford  36:27Mark Gale  48:29
Dan Mayes  39:21Kate Marsh  49:39
Jack Whitehouse  40:32Nicky Evans  49:58
Amanda O’Leary  40:59Paul Winwood  50:01
Steve Armstrong  41:05Keith Whitehead  50:32
Jason Pitcher  41:38Mike McDonald  50:43
Lloyd Barton  41:44Karen Ratcliffe  51:09
Max Mladenovic  42:31Catherine Sherlock  53:57
Jess Woolley  42:36Geoff Lewis  54:26
Phil Wood  43:48Sara Rowell  56:31
Kerry Thompson  44:32Linda Whitehead  57:05
Adam O’Nions  44:39Lissy Calvert  1:03:07
Stephen Ray  45:15Gail Partridge  1:03:41

Brueton parkrun:
With a host of our finest resting ahead of Stratford Summer Six it was a quieter parkun on Saturday for K&D – although a host of fast interlopers did drop in due to local cancellations.

Gareth Wainwright ran 17:07 while Darren John ran 19:30 and Jonathan Randall made a welcome podium return in 19:31 – just nipping Stuart Male who ran 19:32. Close.

Magic Mary Heald ran 21:00 dead on the nose while Louise Bell’s 23’36 was good for second K&D. Jude Mansfield and Abeda Jama battled for the third podium sport with Jude coming out on top 25:06 to 25:34.

Carly Mitchell PB’d this week with an excellent 31:13. Top PB’ing Carly! Mary Heald ran her 100th parkrun. High Five!

Bushy parkrun:
We take our solemn duty to make our pilgrimage to the holy site of Bushy park very seriously in these parts and we’re delighted Russel and Tracy Davies made the journey to pay homage to PSH and The parkrun Tree. They ran 30:20. And then sacraficed a goat.

Bedfont Lakes parkrun:
Two great things. Beds and Fonts. Combine to make Bedfont lakes parkrun. Rob Ambrose ran 20:21. He gave them Hel-vetica.

Poole parkrun:
The notouriously quality Poole parkrun has special meaning for Marathon Talk listeners knowing it’s home to host Martin Yelling and regular contributor and super-hero Steve Way. Our own Mountain Man Tim Price clocked 20:16. He finished 39th – a sign of the quality of that parkrun’s front pack.

Huddersfield parkrun:
Manjit Uppal took on the Terriers in Huddersfield running 30:08.

Haverfordwest parkrun:
Steve Marks continued his UK tour with a 35:24

Falcarragh parkrun:
The names of these parkruns are getting more ridiculous by the week. Monica Green ran 26:26.

Babbs Mill parkrun:
From 50ish last week to 150 in it’s second week. Delightful to see! Anthony Dutton ran 20:59, Darren Maggs a 25:28.

Torbay parkrun:
Devon Correspondent David John ran 30:01. He should have ran faster really. Might have gone under 30 then.