Betwixt Christmas and New Year we find the last Saturday parkrun of the year. At Brueton the ghost of Chairman’s past John Randall snuck into the podium places running 19:34 for third K&D behind Gareth ‘Sub-17’ Wainwright (16:48) and Habib Farazmand (17:38).
Kerry Ann Thompson has been threatening to do something special for several weeks and Santa delivered a last minute present as Kerry unwrapped a stonking new PB of 20:49 – knocking almost a full minute off her best. Whatever she had for Christmas Dinner certainly powered her round. Jane Hunt, ever green, ran 23:27 just ahead of Adeba Jama who backed up her recent PB with an excellent 23:40.
Quickly becoming a favourite for anyone wanting a blast with wide open paths and a rolling course – Oaklands saw Rob Michaelson-Yeates’ course record taken down after just a week. Local legend Peter Brookes running a stunning 15:07. Rob enjoyed a more leisurely trot in 17:25 this week
No worries – when you lose one course record just send Flick Sharp round to nick the women’s bet. Flick ran an excellent 18:49 to take the crown. Behind Flick was Stuart Male who’s into his London Marathon training with an 18:59. Dave Carbutt in 19:09, Rosie Marsh running a superb 20:30 (a big old improvement on her 21:45 groundhogs recently), Monica Green clocked 21:33, Kevin Tomkinson hurried to a 23:43, and The Whitehead’s recorded 23:54 (Keith) and 29:18 (Linda), while Alison Giblin rounded up the troops in 32:04
Babbs Mill parkrun:
Nicky Evans was our sole representative at Babbs Mill this week. She ran a very snazzy 23:44 though. Doing us proud on tour
Torbay Velopark parkrun:
Groundhog Day is a great family movie. It’s also a parkrun challenge to run two parkrun’s in exactly the same time, at the same venue, two parkrun’s running. Darren John got the honour of earning his Groundhog Day badge after his second 17:59 on the trot. A 3:14 first km didn’t help. Ouch. And he got beaten by a teenage girl.
Cannon Hill parkrun:
Simon Battson was found in Birmingham on Saturday morning and clocked a fleet footed 25:26
Steve Armstrong was making a flying visit to Coventry this week. Steve ran a 20:56 – That’s a 79.38% age grading for fans of such things
Moors Vally parkrun:
Please Sir, can we have some Moors? Lloyd Barton was left feeling full of festive cheer after a 21:27
Down the road from Torbay and the Chair was young George de Bolla. He ran 19:10 in the beautiful surrounds of the National Trust property. They do an excellent scone too
Eden Project parkrun:
Who know we had so many down south? Victoria Cook’s 27:33 took her round the bio-spheres that house rare plants and definitely, if you’ve seen any action movie, going to result in a rare airborne disease that quarantines Cornwall and threatens all humanity
Running 19:22 for Jane Evans suggests that she either took it easy, or it was a super tough course. Just behind the male first place finisher we’re guessing the latter
Gone to Manchester, but not forgotten Jack Bristol round himself in London running 19:23
Fell Foot parkrun:
More like Fleet Foot parkrun as Andrew Devitt clocked 25:39
Hove Promenade parkrun:
Continuing our tour of the south coast, the Connors found themselves in Brighton. Andrew ran 21 minutes on the nose exactly. While Sarah clocked 25:56 to show Andrew how you just dip under the barrier