The main event of the weekend was the annual Chasewater Pudding Run on Saturday morning with the club represented in both the 5k and 10k races. In the 5k event Chris Bennett finished in a time of 25.11 mins with Ann Hill and Sarah French, who finished in a time of 36.25 mins. In the 10k event, Dave Fern was first home for the club in a time of 51.55 mins. Bob Donovan was next home in 1:01.26 hrs followed by Claire Guffick who set a new personal best of 1:02.32 hrs and husband Lee, who finished in 1:09.37 hrs.
Bob Donovan also competed in the Oak Challenge race in Ashby earlier in the week. This was a marathon length course and Bob crossed the line in 5:34.33 hrs.
There was a good turnout at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday for parkrun, despite the freezing temperatures. Rob Mace led the club home in third place overall in a time of 19.21 mins. He was followed by Zac Gibbons in 23.16 mins, then Simon Gordon (24.14), Sophie Galloway (26.50), Jackie Tierney (28.42), Neal Dempsey (32.40), Helen Dempsey (32.42), Alison Dolphin (37.58), Emma Whorwood (38.19) and Christine Norris (39.29). Ash Goodman volunteered as lead bike, which crucially involves staying ahead of the winning runner to lead the race around the course. Unfortunately Ash made parkrun history for the wrong reason as the first lead bike to finish in last place, having punctured en route. Luckily, after over 300 events at Kingsbury, most runners already know the way!
On their travels were Andrew Pickard who completed the Penistone, Sheffield event in 20.28 mins, Chris Taylor who clocked 37.21 at the Penallta event in South Wales and Michael Stevenson who finished the Warwick Racecourse event in 29.22 mins, Chris Taylor (37.21 mins), Ann Hill (34.03) and Sarah French (34.05) used the Cannock Chase event as a warm up before racing at Chasewater.
Peel Road Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.00pm in the reception area of Tamworth Snowdome. Please see our club website for more information and contact details.
Photo: after the Chasewater Pudding 5k