There was a good turnout at Kingsbury waterpark on Saturday morning, with a distinctly sunny but cool feel to proceedings. Rob Mace soon warmed up nicely leading the Peelers home in 12th place overall in 18.48 mins. Next home was Mark Webster (20.05), Dave Fern (22.50), Garth Cox (23.16) and Natalie Walker who set a new personal best of 23.35 mins. Marcus Fairburn crossed the line in 25.16 mins, followed by Simon Gordon (25.44), Stuart Hatton (27.23), Michael Stevenson (28.15) and Ian Grigg (31.23) managed to hold odd Daren Truman (31.25 mins). Mark Boffey stopped the clock at 31.56 mins, ahead of Sarah French and Wendy Bowyer who finished in 33.19 mins, a new personal best for Wendy.
There were several Peelers on tour most notably Tim Mudd and Caroline Browne who were literally tourists completing the Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. Tim finished in 27.12 mins and Caroline 33.18 mins. In slightly less exotic territory, Rob Hirst completed the Perry Hall parkrun in Birmingham in 33.18 mins and Jackie Tierney cantered round the Worcester parkrun in 27.25 mins. Nicola Bannister finished the Gedling Nottingham event in 36.55 mins.
On Saturday the Cannock Chase Trail Half Marathon took place with the challenge of tackling the hilly forest trails attracting a couple of Peelers. Mike Shelton completed the distance in 1:54 hrs and Sophie Galloway crossed the line in 2:20 hrs.
On Sunday George Hope completed the Great Welsh Marathon in a very respectable time of 4:16.23, a new personal best. Andrew Pickard enjoyed the hills of Sheffield, completing the Sheffield Half Marathon in a time of 1:44.12, and Richard Jones completed the Olympic Half Marathon in 2:03.45 hrs.
Most active Peeler of the week was Lawrence Williamson who competed in the Battlefield Duathlon finishing in sixth place overall and qualifying for the European middle distance championships in the process. He had to run 20k then cycle 50 miles and finish with a 10k run.
Peel Road Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Snowdome, new members are always welcome.