Last weekend was a busy one in the race calendar with Peelers in action at several events:
The annual Cathedral to Castle 10 mile race from Lichfield to Tamworth took place on Sunday morning with a strong club turn out. Congratulations to Rob Mace who won the event finishing in a very impressive 1:00.58 hrs. Next home for the club was Phil Neale in a quick 1:12.57 hrs followed by Joanne Harvey (1:19.23), Simon O’Reilly (1 19.34 ) , Lisa Jones Bignell (1.19.48) and Simon Gordon (1:21.04). Garth Cox was next in a new personal best of 1:23.39 hrs followed by Helen Chyla (1.23.47), Sophie Galloway (1.32.09, a personal best), Jackie Tierney (1:41.11) and Caroline Evans also recording a personal best of 1:46.28 hrs.
It was also encouraging to see several newer club members completing their first 10 mile event and in decent times. Congratulations go to Alison Upton (1:43.02), Ann Hill and Sarah French (both 1:52.50), Wendy Bowyer (1:53.40), Jannette Faulkner (1:59.04) and Nicola Pearce (2:03.05). Christine Norris (2:08.46) narrowly pipped Alison Dolphin (2:08.57) at the finish.
Four peelers attempted the Manchester Marathon on Sunday. First peeler home was Richie Bunn in a solid 3:44.19 hrs finishing just ahead of wife Tricia who completed in 3:47.29. Judith Matthews was next home in 3:53.42 hrs followed by Sandra Ingram who finished in 3:45.03 hrs.
Sunday also featured the Run in the Forest 5 mile event at Conkers . This is the first race in the Burton and District Summer League that the club participates in and it was encouraging to see a good club turnout despite the distractions of other events. First home for the club in 4th overall was Ash Baldwin in a new personal best of 28.04 mins. He was followed by Emma Pick who finished first lady in a new personal best time of 31.22 mins. Mark Webster was next in 34.08 mins followed by Mike Shelton (34.56), Ash Goodman (37.15), Darren Truman (38.07), Mark Boffey (39.02, a personal best), Dave Fern (39.31), Craig Strong (41.32), George Hope (42.19), Marcus Fairburn (43.12), Carolyne Browne (43.42), Val Lawson (46.42), Peter Seedhouse running his first race for several years (48.46) and Helen Manton (50.06).
With all the race activity at the weekend, only 5 hardy Peelers ran parkrun at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday morning. Well done to Mark Webster who was 19th overall in 21.00 minutes, Darren Truman (23.52), Natalie Walker (25.00), Tim Mudd (26.59) and Sophie Galloway (27.15). Elsewhere Jackie Tierney completed the Rushcliffe parkrun in 28.46 mins and Michael Stevenson the Solihull event in 28.37 mins.
Peel Road Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Snowdome, new members are always welcome.