At the Kingsbury Water parkrun on Saturday morning, Dave Fern led the club home in 24.04 mins followed by Garth Cox (24.43), Darren O’Leary (25.27), George Hope (26.09), Jackie Tierney (27.18), Mark Boffey (29.48), Lisa Fletcher (30.01), Jo Insley (30.23), new members Wendy Bowyer and Vicky Gilks in 35.24 and Darren Cotton in 38.56. Congratulations to Mark on his 50th parkrun. The only club tourist on Saturday was Marie Llewellyn who completed the Gadebridge park run in Hemel Hempstead in 25.20.
Victoria Hall was the sole club representative at the Chesterfield half marathon, finishing in a very respectable 1:49 hours.
Like the return of Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor, a further sign that Autumn has arrived was the first Derby Runner Cross Country League race of the season at Anslow near Burton on Trent on Sunday. The weather however was an unseasonably warm 18 degrees and sunny, not the mud and sleet that we have come to expect.The course started with a lap of the meadow and a paddle in the stream followed by two laps with hills and fallen trees to climb over and a couple more visits to the stream in case anyone’s shoes were in danger of drying out!
Peelers were out in force with 28 members representing the club out of a field of over 200 with 9 first timers. Strong performances were in evidence with Ashley Baldwin second in the mens’ race with Lawrence Williamson close behind in sixth, Rob Mace 15th, Lee Rickards 20th, Andrew Pickard 41st, Malcolm Bembridge 51st, Craig Strong 68th, Darren Truman 71st, Trevor Thompson 78th, Craig Smith 79th, Richard Finnegan 98th, Mark Boffey 101st, Simon Gordon 102nd, Stuart Hatton 114th and Ian Grigg 124th.
In the ladies race, Emma Pick was an impressive third followed by Hannah Jenkins in 11th, Donna Lancaster 13th, Judith Matthews 26th, Rachael Casey 29th, Natalie Walker 33rd, Sandra Ingram 35th, Sophie Galloway 43rd, Lisa Crane 62nd, Val Lawson 63rd, Helen Manton 73rd and Caroline Evans 83rd.
It was also good to see club members who weren’t able to run supporting on the day with Lisa Fletcher handling finish tokens, Ray providing transport, Lisa Fletcher and Ben Evans taking photographs and video and others providing valuable support and encouragement around the course. Very appreciated too were Lisa Crane and Josh Trueman who provided much needed cake at the finish!
Peel Road Runners meet at 7pm each Tuesday and Thursday at the Snowdome, new members are always welcome.