Telford’s AC’s end of year hurrah made a mockery of its winter date and proved to be hot enough to melt the polar ice caps. In a scorching race 17 men ran sub-30 for the 10k course, including the winner Joshua Grace (29:21). Joshua pipped 2008 Beijing Olympian Tom Lancashire (29:22) on the line by a single second. Evidence of the field’s quality showed with 2015 National XC Champion Charlie Hulson finishing fifth, with a total of 37 men running sub-31 minutes. Joshua Grace’s winning time ranks him 8th in Britain in 2016.
Kirk Giles was first K&D runner home in 35:33. He was followed by Darren John in 36:28. Both runners snuck into the top 200 taking 170th and 196th place. Ridiculous. Flick Sharp was third across the line for the club, and first lady in green and gold with a time of 42:13. She finished 335th overall but a very creditable 43rd in the ladies competition.
Darren Maggs was next across the line in 47:39 followed by Sally Anderson, 54:17, and Claire Maggs in 56:22.
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Sneyd Striders Pudding Run:
Festive cheer is behind the advent calendar door on 11th December at the traditional Sneyd Striders Pudding Run. The ten-mile race rewards participants with a christmas pud in place of bling.
New recruit Craig Campbell enjoyed his first outing for the club at a non-parkrun event. He ran 1:19:30 over the ten-mile course.
There was also a guest appearance from former club committee member, and now Sedgley Strider Claire O’Kane in the 5 mile race.
Three K&D men took up places in the top ten this weekend at Brueton. Gareth Wainwright, Chris Morgan and Darren John finished second, fifth and eighth. Their times, 17:17, 17:36 and 18:11 were strong as the mild front made running in short sleeves perfectly pleasant in December.
The ladies would have been led home by Emma Donnelly but someone, mentioning no names, didn’t bring her barcode. So the honours go to Jane Hunt in 22:45. She was followed by Kathy Bailey in 23:13 and Jude Mansfield in 25:13.
It was ladies morning at Brueton as the PB’s were dominated by three charming young ladies. Jan Hornby PB’d in 25:53. Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell was once again turbo-charged by the PB leggings of Christmas, running 26:11. Amanda Crees ran 26:36 for a pre-christmas PB present to herself.
Paul Williams ran his 100th parkrun on Saturday.
Alan C Marshall ran his 50th parkrun on Saturday (we’re not sure what parkrun Alan A Marshall, or Alan B Marshall are on though and the less said about Alan D Marshall the better).
Cannon Hill parkrun
Keith Whitehead enjoyed a change of scenery with a trip across Brum. He ran 26:25 at Cannon Hill. Being a refined gent he probably went to watch a French New Wave film at the Mac after before going to see the red panda’s at the Nature Centre.
I can’t remember if Riina Kuuselo is officially still a Knowle & Dorridge member, though i’ll overlook most things if it means we get to mention a parkrun in a far off place. Her 21:02 time was ran at Haga parkrun. Haga is a forest parkrun in Solna, Sweden. Leading Swedish football club AIK play in Solna: I went to see AIK play in Solna about a decade ago but I must admit to having more of a soft spot for Djurgårdens IF. Club Member Tip: Amanda O’Leary is a fountain of knowledge on Stockholm.