The first race of 2020 for many, at least those not at the Warwickshire XC Champs on Sat. The Centurions GP’s are fast and flat and a great place to either step up from 5k’s or test out your speed deep into winter.
Headline news from Gary Polhill who had an absolute stormer. 27:32 for 5 miles is rapid. Listed on the club website as a 35+ record was Tim Price at Sphinx 5, running 28:17 in 2012. Gary replaces Tim on the leader board (if anyone knows of any other club records that need updating please do email the club). First woman for K&D was Rosie Marsh who braves THE SHOES on the rough parts of Babbs Mill’s course. Did they survive? Rosie ran 34:07 on her comeback trail for 3rd woman overall.
The K&D Podiums were complimented by Anthony Dutton in 32:17 and Steve Armstrong in 33:52. Steve took 1st V60+. Even though he doesn’t look a day over 20 (multiplied by three). Natalie Callinan has rejoined the club after her worldly soujourns and rocked up with a 37:12, pipping Jane Hunt who ran 38:35.
|Gary Pohill||27.32||Karen Ratcliffe||43.11|
|Anthony Dutton||32.17||Victoria Cook||43.22|
|Rosie Marsh||34.07||Richard Wassell||43.58|
|Phil Wood||35.21||Sandra Boot||44.37|
|Natalie Callinan||37.12||Lynsey Drakeley||50.24|
|Jane Hunt||38.35||Caroline Edwards||52.15|
|Kate Marsh||40.12||Gail Partridge||52.41|
|Kevin Tomkinson||40.49||Amanda Crees||53.23|
|Mike Duggan||40.53||Penny Taylor||53.44|
Back to normality with a Saturday parkrun. Fun Fact: It was the Chairman’s 6th parkrun Birthday. Gareth Wainwright didn’t go easy on him though. Oh no. He has a Sub-17 streak to continue. Saturday’s 16:54 made it 11 on the bounce. Habib Farazmand continued to pepper the mid-17’s with a 17:30 while Chairman Darren broke 18, running 17:59. His recent parkruns have all 17:59, 17:59, 17:40, 18:00, 17:59. Hmmm.
Kate Leeson was pick of the K&D Women with a 24:48. Taking full advantage of the Cross Country later that day to snatch a place at the top of the podium with glee. Nicky Evans did the parkrun/Cross Country double. Warming up with a 25:01 with Katie Connolly just behind in 25:34. Less than 60 seconds separating the top 3.
Almost making the women’s top 3, but still being rewarded with a PB was Janice Lisiecki in a new best of 25:44. She joined Ed Bower in the PB jamboree as he ran 19:23. Great way to start the new year!
He looks about 12 but George de Bolla showed us that Oaklands is a great place to run fast. Plus you can go to Tesco at The Swan Shopping Centre after. George burned up the park with a first place finish and a sub-17. Running 16:58 to show he’s come through Christmas in fine fettle. Just behind George, Big Dave Carbutt ran a strong 18:41, Kerry Ann Thompson clocked an impressive 21:05 for first woman, Paul Winwood ran 23:54 and Kate Marsh ran 23:56.
Adam O’Nions found himself somewhere down in the south of England. Bromley to be exact. What an exciting life he leads. He ran 20:37 which is smoking. Charles Darwin was born on the outskirts of Bromley in 1809. He’s dead now though so not much good at parkrun.
South Manchester parkrun:
He also still looks about 12. And he’s still got K&D on his profile so we’ll still count him. Jack Bristow ran 17:53.
Simon Battson ran 25:35 at Dudley parkrun. The zoo is rubbish in the winter as all the animals are inside watching the Gaving & Stacey Christmas Special on BBC iPlayer.
Arrow Valley parkrun:
Oh look. Kev and Alison are touristing again. Like Whack-A-Mole they just pop up randomly in places on Saturday morning. Kev ran 27:42, Alison clocked 47:05. Neither got whacked by a giant hammer.
Green Point parkrun:
South of the equator and in lovely warm Cape Town, South Africa, Jo Tork ran 38:10. We’re not jealous. Honest.
Babbs Mill parkrun:
Phil Wood finished 5th overall running 22:02. He beat Rob Michaelson-Yeates. Who ran a leisurely 23:03. Phil’s claiming it though. Tanya Cronin ran 35:47 leaving the boys to it.
Warwick Racecourse parkrun:
Put a fiver on Lloyd Barton* who took advantage of the going being good to run 20:43.
(*)Note: K&D do not condone betting on our athletes at parkrun.