There was a good club turnout at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday morning for parkrun with the windy conditions adding to the challenge.
Rob Mace once again led the club home in eighth overall in 19.31 mins, ahead of Mike Shelton who was 20th overall in 21.20 mins and Andrew Pickard in 22.15 mins. Next was Dave Fern (24.13) who pipped Mark Boffey and Simon Gordon to the line (both 24.14). Ashley Goodman was next in 24.59 mins, then Judith Matthews was the fastest lady Peeler in 25.09 mins, followed by Phil Neale (25.22), Darren Truman (25.27), Stuart Hatton (25.44), Allan Williams (26.00), Sandra Ingram (27.05) and Sarah French (32.18).
On tour were Michael Stevenson who completed the Solihull event in 29.44, Jackie Tierney who recorded 30.18 mins in Loughborough and Garth Cox, who braved the hills of Sutton Park, finishing in 25.21 mins.
On Sunday the club took part in the fourth round of the Derby Runner Cross Country league. The venue was Anslow, near Burton on Trent and was the same 5.5 mile course used for round 2 in November. However the course was wetter and muddier than last time and the water in the stream that was crossed three times even colder, but at least the heavy rain stopped just before the race.
There was a good club turn out and some strong performances. For the men Rob Mace was 7th overall, just beating Martin Hollamby in 8th. Lee Rickards was 31st, Mike Shelton 38th, Darren Truman 70th, Matthew Shaw 71st, Richard Finnegan 72nd, Ashley Goodman 77th, Craig Strong 81st, Mark Boffey 86th, Simon Gordon 88th, Garth Cox 90th and George Hope 96th.
In the ladies event Rachel Rickards a strong 10th, Judith Matthews 15th, Rachel Casey 21st, Sandra Ingram 33rd, Sophie Galloway 35th, Jackie Tierney 44th and Caroline Evans 52nd.
Last Thursday the club hosted its first #Run and Talk event organised by England Athletics in conjunction with MIND. The session was well received and it is our intention to repeat the event.