25 Nov Weekend Roundup 24-25 Nov 2018
Not a great deal of racing activity in the P & D stratosphere this weekend, but some high quality parkrunning to report, and an unusual Trail event in Margam Country Park.
Kevin Chalke travelled up to Colwick in Nottinghamshire and found a flat, PB-friendly course to speed round in 20:05 and 13th place. He also bagged the best Club age ranking performance of the weekend, with a massive 77.18% (VM55-59) and must surely crack 20 minutes soon.
Meanwhile down in Oxford, Chris Nellins was terrorising his old club mates from Headington Road Runners, scorching round the course in 21:37 and 43rd place. Age grading score was slightly behind Kev, with 76.87%.
Up in bonny Scotland, the Clements were strutting their stuff at Springburn. Clem Clement finished in exactly the same as last week (21:07) but moved himself up from 23rd to 14th, with Janice Clement 25:52 in a highly respectable 53rd. Need to mention that one of their friends in the W65-69 category ran a remarkable 22:01 for an amazing age graded score of 97.88%…well done Jeanette Craig!
Moving on to more local territory, for once Ben Butler-Madden didn’t romp away on his own at Barry Island. Oli Williams from White Rock Runners sneaked ahead by 8 seconds from our Ben, who ran his usual even-paced Saturday morning tempo session in 17:28. The usual suspects followed him in….30th Lisa Cleary 23:19, 43rd Melissa Smith 24:24, 67th Ian Warburton 26:43, 86th Cam Large 28:15, 146th Julie Broughton 34:39.
Over in Grangemoor, Chris Herdman continued with his steady improvement by producing a fine 12 secs PB of 21:20 for 21st place. Also ramping up into some fine form was Cath Barker….2nd Woman home in 23rd place with a time of 21:32. And lovely to see Rachel Eales zipping along at speed again in 22:29 as 3rd Woman home and 35th overall. She was closely followed in by Terry McCarthy (38th 22:32), husband Tom Eales (40th 22:33) and Louise Hunt (41st 22:34, 5th Woman, not far from her PB)
Further Grangemoor finishers were 67th James Buckingham 24:00, 99th Bev Warburton 25:58, 108th Arabella Calder 26:30 (PB by a whopping 24 secs, well done!) and 187th Mandy Barrington 34:01. I’m always a bit suspicious when I spot a “slower than normal” time like Mandy’s, usually it means a bit of tailwalker action. Mandy was actually pacing a friend to a 33 minute clocking and in fact her watch said 33:02, so she hit it on the nail, but there was a bit of a token mixup!
Yet again working in “stealth mode” was International Man of Mystery Mike Morgan. We don’t have the official results in from Cardiff parkrun, but Strava tells us that Mike loped around the course in a zippy 18:31!
Sunday dawned cold with a biting wind, but this didn’t stop our intrepid gang pictured above from taking on a new, unique Trail event in Margam Country Park. Billed as the Four Seasons Winter Run, entrants had the choice of running up to 8 x 3.3 mile offroad laps of the park, this being equivalent to the marathon distance (or thereabouts) and in fact some people completed a couple more laps! Our runners (as pictured) were Gary Brown, Lisa Cleary, Yvonne Williams, Louise Hunt and Steve New. Don’t have any official results through yet, but we do know that Louise ran 4:24:42 and Steve was completing his 220th marathon distance event, wow! Everyone had a fab time, with brilliant marshalling and lots of nice food to snack on around the course.***RESULTS JUST IN HERE***Great win by Gary Brown in 3:18:26, who actually recorded the fastest time for 5k, 10k and Half Marathon as well!
Here are some photos courtesy of one of those great marshalls Gaynor Lugg, from the Run4funrc Facebook page