There was a good club presence at the Kingsbury Water Park parkrun on Saturday morning. First home for the club was Zac Gibbons in a fast 21.52 mins. He was followed by Phil Neale (22.21), Darren O’Leary and Andrew Pickard (both 24.01), then Sandra Ingram and Jo Insley (both 29.30), Claire Guffick (31.02), Lee Guffick (32.37), Alison Dolphin (37.37), Christine Norris (37.49) and Wendy Bowyer (42.06).
Away from home, Chris Bennett (23.15 mins) and Garth Cox (23.50) both completed the Chasewater parkrun. Jackie Tierney finished the Finsbury park event in London in 27.55 mins and Ann Hill (33.25) and Sarah French (34.26) attended the Conkers parkrun in Leicestershire. Tim Mudd was the furthest travelled Peeler of the week completing the Krakow, Poland parkrun in a time of 25.03 mins.
Sunday bought the eagerly awaited first round of the winter cross country league. Round 1 was at Anslow near Burton on Trent and despite the dry sunny weather, conditons were perfect with the expected amount of mud for a cross country event. The race was a 3 lap course of 5.5 miles with a cooling dip in the stream on every lap. It was encouraging to see a good club turnout with 20 runners plus supporters.
In the men’s event Mark Webster was the first Peeler home in 22nd place overall. He was followed by Troy Lancaster (31st), Lee Rickards (32nd), Zac Gibbons (53rd), Stephen Baker (69th), Darren O’Leary (89th), Simon Gordon (97th), Craig Strong (102nd), Roger Lloyd (111th) and Stuart Hatton (124th). In the lady’s event Zoe Schnepp was first home in 16th place, followed by Kathryn Adams (22nd), Donna Lancaster (26th), Rachael Rickards (34th), Sophie Galloway (60th), Sandra Ingram 67th, Carolyne Browne (74th), Emma Livingstone (75th), Val Lawson (80th) and Helen Manton 84th. Thanks also go to Andrew Pickard, Martin Hollamby and Ray Rogers for their support and to Lisa Fletcher for helping collate the results. We are looking forward to the next round, which is a ‘home’ event for the club at Cliff Lakes on 24th November.
Ash Goodman completed his first ever marathon at the Yorkshire Marathon in a strong time of 3:50.32 hrs. Rob Mace was second overall at the Cannock Chase Canicross on Saturday with his dog Axis, finishing in a time of 19.53 mins. On Sunday he finished in second place overall at the Thoresby 10k in the East Midlands in a fast 40.27 mins. Helen and Neal Dempsey also completed the event in a time of 1:02 hrs.
The club is planning to hold a Bridge to10k course during the Autumn. The course is aimed at runners who are already able to run 5k and will provide coaching to allow them to progress to running 10k. The course is free of charge and anyone interested is asked to contact the club through our Peel Road Runners Beginners Facebook page. We are also planning to run a couch to 5k course for beginners within the next few months.
Peel Road runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Snowdome. New members are always welcome.
Photo: Before the Anslow cross country