Teething problems for the first year of the Leamington Half included a lack of start-line loo’s, more signage needed and a 40 min delay to the start due eejits refusing to adhere to road closures. As the temperatures increased frustrations grew; the race adjudicator correctly held the start until he was happy runners could safely run the course. K&D fully support the organisers and race adjudicators decision (although a little more clarity in communication might have helped). On the plus side the support was excellent, medals chunky and plenty of water on course.
Anyway; to the racing. HOT, pretty hilly and a tough day out. Congrats to everyone who completed the 13.1 miles in those tough conditions.
Brueton parkrun: Hot in the park. Gareth Wainwright and Jane Evans were our K&D 1-2 with Gareth running 17:31 and Jane clocking 18:40. Rob Michaelson Yeates was man #2 in 19:09 followed swiftly by Paul Williams in 19:10. Teamwork. Rosie Marsh was 2nd woman overall in a sweltering new PB of 20:11 followed by Jane Hunt in 23:36.
Rosie Marsh’s PB of 20:11 took her ever closer to that 20 min barrier. With a 28:24 Gareth Lloyd joined Rosie in PB Corner. Also there was Gail Partridge with a 30:40. Lending her surname nicely to this week’s article title and Carla Watson clocked a best ever 30:37.
Torbay Velo parkrun:
An under the weather (too much sun!) Darren John suffered through a 19:29 parkrun. Too much sun (and ice-cream). Kate Marsh enjoyed her 26:08 more than her 181 mile return trip stuck in a car with a grumpy Darren for 3 1/2 hours.
Arrow Valley parkrun:
Armstrong & Austin sounds like a mid-90’s ITV detective show. Maybe starring Martin Clunes. Only 11 seconds separated Steve Armstrong (21:21) and Pete Austin (21:32). They solved two murders in the 30 minutes after.
Cannon Hill parkrun:
Jack Bristow blistered his way round Cannon Hill in a 17:22 on a super-fast 15:03 winning day.
Steve Marks embraced a fast Poole course and nice weather to clock 34:13.
Green was the colour of Lydney on Saturday as Monica and David both ran well. Finishing in 20:54 and 21:18 they both finished in the top-6.