Weekly Round Up – 14th May 2018

Peel Road Runners once again provided the marshalling for the Kingsbury Classic 10k race last Tuesday evening. Always a very popular race on the local event calendar saw this year’s event start with a record breaking number of runners on the starting line to take part.

Robbie Baden finished in 7th position overall with his time of 37:40mins with fellow team mates Darren O’Leary in 37th place / 34th male (44:19mins), Phil Neale in 46th place / 40th male (45:57mins), Darren Truman 70th place / 56th male (48:57mins), Richard Finnigan 73rd place / 59th male (49:15mins), George Hope 81st place / 65th male (50:22mins) &Tim Mudd 105th place / 81st male (53:24mins).

For the Peel Road Runner women, it was Emma Pick who ran a terrific race to finish as the 3rd placed female with her time of 43:01mins for her 10k. Carolyne Browne fished as the 23rd placed female overall with her time of 52:53mins (first placed female in her age category) with Val Lawson finishing as the 41st female finisher with her time of 58:12mins.

Christie Rosser ran her first ever half marathon race distance at Market Bosworth at the weekend. In what were warm running conditions, Christie found the undulating course quite challenging at times and her keenness got the better of her and her starting pace proved to be quicker than she had anticipated. Grinding it out over the 13.1mile course, Christie managed a finishing time of 2:09:15hrs for her inaugural Half Marathon distance race.

Running is the same event was Lisa Jones-Bignell who was less troubled by the elevations of the course and weather as she crossed through the finish line with a superb time of 1:51:57hrs for her 13.1miles.

Another first was achieved at Market Drayton road race as Lisa Fletcher finally managed to get her hands on the Gingerbread Medal she’s been craving for as she finished the 10k course in a time of 59:51mins.

Peel Road Runner Darren Cotton was rubbing shoulders with Parkrun ‘royalty’ founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt OBE down in Richmond, Surrey at the London 10mile event. As Parkrun were co-hosting the event, Paul was invited down to sound the klaxon for the start of each of the race waves and even found time to run the event himself. On another undulating but very picturesque park course, Darren completed the 10miles in a time of 1:35:18hrs.

Alas poor Robert Donovan was back out clocking up more marathon miles last weekend as he participated in the Shakespeare Marathon in Stratford on Avon. The race which starts in the town centre, opposite the Bard’s old school, and runs out through the quaint old quintessential villages outside of the town and out to the countryside and back again. Bob completed the scenic 26.2mile route in 5:35:31hrs.

Back to Parkrun and Peel Road Runners gathered at Kingsbury and Bedworth for their weekly free 5k run. Robert Hirst was running as the solo Peeler at Bedworth and ran 25:57min for his 93rd Parkrun outing.

As usual it was Kingsbury where the Peelers gathered in numbers and Darren O’Leary lead the way home with his time of 21:26mins that gave him a 32nd place finisher spot on the day and clocked up his 150th Parkrun. Behind Darren was Phil Neale who ran a 22:43mins race for his Parkrun number 25. Richard Finnegan finished on 23:00mins to knock 30secs off his previous best 5k Parkrun time. Exactly 1min behind was George Hope who finished on 24:00mins and is now only 5 runs away from clocking up 100.  Following George across the finish line were Darren Truman 24:24mins, Stuart Hatton 25:10mins & Tim Mudd 26:24mins.

The first of the Peel Road Runner women to complete the 5k route was Sophie Galloway with her time of 26:59mins ahead of Stella Martin & Jo Insley who crossed the line together in 28:42mins.

Peel Road Runners meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm at the Snowdome in Tamworth.

New members are always welcome.

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