This last weekend was a busy one for the club with key races in London and closer to home in Stratford on Avon.
The club was represented at the London Marathon on Sunday with Ash Baldwin the first home from the club in a very fast 2:48 hrs, a new personal best. Martin Hollamby finished in 3:02 hrs, just ahead of Mark Harriott who completed the event in 3:07 hrs. Jo Insley and Emma Livingstone ran together, completing in 4:36 which was a personal best for Jo and a strong performance from Emma in her first marathon.
Sunday was also the date for the Shakespeare marathon and half marathon in Stratford on Avon. In the marathon Malcolm Bembridge set a new personal best of 3:39 hrs and Darren Truman completed in 4:38 hrs. Veteran Peeler Robert (Bob) Donovan finished in 5:10 hrs to complete his 100th marathon, which is all the more impressive at over 70 years of age!
There was a strong Peel turn out for the Shakespeare half marathon, with members wanting to be in Stratford to support Bob.
First home for the club was Rob Mace in a very quick 1:24.33 hrs for a new personal best . Not far behind was Emma Pick who also recorded a new personal best of 1:28.26 hrs. Phil Neale completed in 1:36.02 hrs followed by Mike Shelton (1:41.47), Matt Shaw (1.45.03) and Simon Gordon who set a new personal best of 1:49.07 hrs. Sophie Galloway completed in 2:08.09 hrs followed by Caroline Evans and Ian Grigg who both finished in 2:27.26, congratulations to Caroline on completing her first half marathon. Fellow first timers Moira Twiggs completed in 2:50.50 hrs, Christine Norris in 2:53.28 hrs and Alison Dolphin in 2:54.03 hrs.
Tricia Bunn completed a different challenge over the weekend, competing in the Fox Ultra race. She completed a challenging 38 miles in 6:49 hrs.
There was a smaller than normal club turnout for the Kingsbury Water Park parkrun on Saturday with many conserving their energy for Sunday’s races.
Mark Webster was first home for the club in 11th overall in a quick 20.11 mins. He was followed by Mark Boffey (23.13 mins), Sophie Galloway (27.13), Sandra Ingram (27.47), Michael Stevenson (28.11) and Mick Cooper who finished in 30.30 mins. Elsewhere Andrew Pickard completed the Sheffield Concord event in 23.34 mins and Ash Gordon (22.42) and Robert Hirst (28.39) at the Sutton Park parkrun.
Peel Road Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Snowdome, new members are always welcome.