Weekend Recap: Super Saturday Olympic Fever

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Saturday 4th August 2012 went down in British sporting history as the golden day by which all others are measured (at least until this Sunday!). With Mo, Jess and Greg once again all in action this weekend we take a wander down memory lane back to the heady day of Super Saturday.

Brueton parkrun, the parkrun equivalent for K&D of the Olympic Stadium, was only on Event #107 back then. Just 145 people turned up to run in what was a much smaller run on the old course. 11 K&D runners turned out while a certain Mr. Simon Bentley (what ever happened to him?) was first over the line in 17:04. Familiar names included Russell Davies, Steve Armstrong, Darren Maggs, Claire Maggs and Max Mladenovic.

An entire Olympic cycle has passed since then, our little club growing into a powerhouse of road running; at least in the Knowle & Dorridge post code area. Similarly parkrun has exploded in that time. Brueton this week was quiet with ‘only’ 354 runners. 19 K&D turned out and were led home with aplomb by Philip Rex in 19:55. He was followed by first lady, and second K&D overall, Monica Green in 21:03.

The first three’s were as follows:

Men
Philip Rex (19:55)
Mike Durkin (21:10)
Ed Bower (21:18)

Women
Monica Green (21:03)
Siobhan Cotter (24:19)
Jude Mansfield (27:24)

There were PB’s this week for Brian Corr (21:23) and Kate Tait (36:39). Excellent running from you two. Enjoy some celebratory cake!

Lanhydrock parkrun
Ann-Spencer Dowdeswell ran 32:31 at Lanhydrock. 7 seconds quicker than last week. We thank Lanhydrock for looking after Ann for us over the last two weeks. Did you know it Michael Phelps wins an Olympic Gold every 7 seconds? With a monthly donation of just £2 a month you can help him purchase enough throat lozenges to keep his voice box from being worn out by all the national anthem singing he is forced to do.

Wanstead Flats parkrun

Gareth Wainwright popped up down London way recording 17:17. Wanstead Flats is from the London Borough of Redbridge. I couldn’t find any notable Olympians from nearby to continue the Olympic theme; though Nigel Benn and Paul Ince were born locally. But then again so was Noel Edmonds. You win some…

Poole parkrun 

Poole saw another visit from Steve Marks.His time across the line was 32:23. Amy Wilson-Hardy was born in Poole. She was on the Team GB women’s Sevens squad.

Kingsbury parkrun

Simon Batson went on a short adventure over to Kingsbury parkrun. He clocked a 24:10. You can boat on the lakes at Kingsbury Water park and the Olympics has boats. This Olympic theme is getting tenuous now. Well done Simon though.

Finally here is a Russian getting things spectacularly wrong in the diving pool:

Good Running Team!