Weekend Recap: Two Castles, One parkrun

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Having been run since 1983 the annual Two
Castles 10km returned on Sunday 12th June as
race four in the Ckv9Co0XEAAaLVaWarwickshire Road Race League. With several thousand competitors including the general public Two Castles can often be a logistical challenge; especially as the start is particularly narrow; those medieval architects and builders presumably didn’t consider the implications of their work on runners almost one thousand years later.

The race itself is a tough net-uphill course with 80m elevation and several tough hills including a long drag uphill between 3.5 – 5.5km. “its not a PB course” being a popular refrain in the buildup. As a run of thumb 10k performances tend to be about sixty seconds slower on the Two Castles course vs. a flat course.  Results can be found here: Two Castles Results

Key Results

First 3 K&D Men:
Simon Bentley 34:44 (2nd M35+ & a Seasons Best)
Patrick Moss 36:43 (PB)
Chris Morgan 36:47

First 3 K&D Ladies:

Flick Sharp 43:48 (7th Sen Female)
Lorraine Hobbs 44:41 (4th F45)

PB’s According to Run Britain Rankings for:

Patrick Moss (36:43)
Martin Dedicoat (4
0:46)
Philip Rex (41:20)
Flick Sharp (43:48)
Lorraine Hobbs (44:41)
Richard Drakeley (47:35)
Paul Winwood (53:09)
Sally Anderson (55:57)
There were also seasons bests for Darren Maggs (44:37) and Lorna Davies (53:39).

Brueton parkrun:

21 of our team turned up for the weekly 9am showdown in Brueton park – 20 finishing the run. I managed my first ever parkrun DNF! (As an excuse I was dealing with my sister having an epileptic fit. I at least managed to stop my Garmin before catching her to ensure my splits were accurate for the 4.4 km)

Jo Tork epitomised what it means to be a member of K&D by offering wonderful support while my sister was ill. Thank you to her for that; as well as the numerous parkrunners who stopped to help, diverted to give my sister space and checked up on her during and after. And also to all the K&D members that checked up on her well being the following days.

As for the run itself Gareth Wainwright continued his excellent run of form with yet another low 17 minute clocking and another first finish. Russell Davies and Andrew Connors battled it out for second and third K&D runners home respectively with 20:02 and 20:14 clockings.

Louise Willetts was first lady home for Team K&D in a pb of 24:40. Sarah Cattell was second home in 25:19, while Caroline Edwards clocked 28:03, another PB performance, to be third lady home.

PB’s:

Louise Willets ran a new PB of 24:40
Caroline Edwards also ran a PB of 28:03
Lynsey Drakeley, having equalled her former PB (31:39) last week continues her run of good form with a 31:12 PB.
Shona Collier ran a PB of 31:01 – edging ever closer to breaking the 31 minute barrier.

And ensuring that the PB board isn’t entirely dominated by the ladies, Mike Durkin kept things respectable for the guys by running a PB on his 50th parkrun. 20:47 being a great way to celebrate!

Good Running Team