There was a good turnout for Saturday’s parkrun at Kingsbury Water Park with some strong performances in evidence.
The first Peeler home in third place overall, as well as first lady, was Emma Pick in a time of 18.19 mins, a minute and a half quicker than her previous best. Mark Webster wasn’t far behind finishing in fifth place overall in a new personal best time of 18.59 mins. Mike Shelton finished in 16th place overall in 20.22 mins. Dave Fern was next home in 23.24 mins, followed by Stuart Hatton (25.27), Jackie Tierney (27.02), Michael Stevenson (27.43), Joanne Turner (32.57), Wendy Bowyer (33.02), Lesley Ann Nolan (35.47), Lisa Vickery (36.34), Alison Dolphin (37.30), Sarah French (37.34) and Christine Norris (37.46). The Club was also well represented among the parkrun volunteers with Mark Boffey, Richie Bunn, Tricia Bunn, Darren O’Leary, Mike Shelton and Darren Truman helping to make the event possible. Away from Kingsbury, Andrew Pickard completed the Penistone event in Yorkshire in 23.29 mins and Zoe Schnepp the Cuernden Valley parkrun in Preston in 26.22 mins.
Sunday was the date for the annual 8.5 mile Great Midlands Fun Run in Sutton Coldfield and, as expected for a local event, there was a strong club presence. It was encouraging to see some of the newer club members and previous couch to 5k course graduates attempting the event for the first time.
First home for the club was Mark Webster in an impressive 57.31 mins. He was followed by Malcolm Bembridge who finished in a new personal best time of 1:01.49 hrs. Simon Gordon was next home in 1:07.59 hrs followed by Darren Truman (1:08 hrs) and Judith Matthews (1:09.25). Mike Shelton and Darren O’Leary both finished in 1:14 hrs despite a detour to a bar en route (see picture). Rachel Casey finished in 1:17 hrs, ahead of Emma Livingstone (1:18 hrs), Jackie Tierney (1:21), Mark Boffey (1:21.23), Carolyne Browne and Sophie Galloway (both 1:21.44). Jo Insley completed the course with her 9 year old son in 1:25 hrs, Stella Martin finished in 1:29 hrs, followed by Alison Upton who set a new personal best of 1:27 hrs. Ian Grigg finished in 1:30 hrs, Sarah Louise French (1:41 hrs) and Chrstine Norris (1:47 hrs).
Peel Road Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Snowdome, new members are always welcome. For further details or to get in touch please see the club’s website or Facebook page.
1) Before the Sutton fun run
2) Finishing in style!