Peel Road Runners were present at the first ever Virgin Active Solihull Half Marathon at the weekend.
The event starting and finishing at the Blythe Valley Park, Solihull opened with chilly conditions but soon warmed up as the sun eventually shone through. The route meandered through the local countryside and had an unexpected and unwelcome twist right at the end of the 13.2miles with the finish line tantalisingly in sight. Ashley Perks was the first Peel Road Runner home. Running in Peel team colours for the first time Ashley crossed the line in 91st place with a time of 1:40:04 Darren Cotton was the next Peel Road Runner to finish with a chip time of 1:56:36 followed by Lisa Crane in 1:58:26
Peelers also travelled up the M6 to the ever popular and much supported Manchester Marathon. With the finish at the Old Trafford Cricket ground, home of Lancashire Cricket Club, Dave Fern lead the Peelers home and crossed the line with a time of 3:49:35
Partners Richie Bunn and Tricia Adams ran a ‘gentle jog’ and crossed the line together in 3:52:19 and also running at Manchester was Bob Donovan who added to his growing marathon CV with 4:48:54
At the other end of the country, Michael Shelton fancied a day by the sea and travelled down to the south coast to run in the Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon. Buoyed by the sea air and the thought of a bag of chips on the seafront afterwards, Michael managed a time of 1:32:30
Over at the Kingsbury Water Parkrun, the first Peel Road Runner to cross the line was Tim Gould in a quick 22:48mins. Darren Truman finished with 24:16mins. Tim Mudd was the next Peeler to cross the line in with 24:23mins. Carolyne Browne came agonisingly close to a new PB with 25:14mins. With the London Marathon now just around the corner, Sandra Ingram finished with 25:31mins and Liz Morgan completed the Peelers across the line with a time of 28:36mins
Peel Road Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Snowdome in Tamworth.
New members are always welcome.