Peel Road Runners kicked off the 2017/18 Cross Country Winter League is style last weekend with some tremendous individual performances.
With a change of league from last year the Peel Road Runners now compete in the Derby Runner League (Derby / Staffs Division) alongside teams from Lichfield, South Derby, Mickleover, MVH & Smalley. The change also brings with it the opportunity for both the Men’s & Women’s teams to compete at the same venue on the same day.
Race 1 was held at the Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire and was a two-lap course covering approximately 5.5miles of a mix of trail / off road and bridle paths. Conditions were ideal for XC running and the well represented Peel Road Runners teams certainly made the best of the conditions.
Peel Road Runners posted 1st & 3rd places in both the men’s & women’s events. Robbie Baden leading the men home and Emma Pick crossing the finish line first for the women’s event.
*At the time of going to press the individual results were not available.
The Peel men’s team scored 158pts and lie in 2nd place in the league table behind Lichfield RC and the Peel women’s team also lie in 2nd place behind Lichfield RC having scored 151pts. The combined team are 2nd in the league table just 71pts behind table topping Lichfield RC and 100pts ahead of 3rd place Mickleover.
The club would like to thank the supporters and especially those that volunteered to help Marshall the event without whom races like these may not be possible.
Robert Donovan managed to avoid a Halloween nightmare when he ran at the November Nightmare Marathon over at Coalport, Nr Telford finishing the 26.2miles in 17th place overall with a time of 5:42:48hrs
Weekends wouldn’t be the same without a bit of Parkrunning and last weekend was no exception – there was even some Peeler Parkrun tourists out on their travels.
Shaun Coyle travelled back to his roots and ran at the Tees Barrage Parkrun up north in Stockton on Tees. Continuing his recent good form Shaun managed a time of 23:05mins, finishing in 30th position out of a field of 264 runners.
Travelling even further north, Kirkcaldy in Scotland to be precise, Laura Bowyer and Vicki Gilks finished their 5k runs in times of 31:18mins & 32:04mins respectively.
Back closer to home at Kingsbury Water Parkrun it was Garth Cox who led the Peelers home finishing in a time of 23:18mins. George Hope followed Garth across the finish line with a time of 25:01mins with Stuart Hatton close behind with 25:37mins.
Lisa Jones-Bignell was the first Peel lady to finish and doubled up her weekend celebrations with a new Personal Best time with 26:32mins. Christie Rosser was right behind Lisa finishing with 26:33mins and smashing her own previous Personal Best time by over 2 mins!!
Peel Road Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Snowdome in Tamworth.
New members are always welcome.