The main event of the weekend was the third round of the Derby Cross Country League, held at Smalley near Ilkeston in Derbyshire. After all the recent rain, the 9km course was extremely muddy and proved challenging, described by some as the hardest course they had ever run.
In the men’s competition Lee Rickard was first home for the club in 21st place, followed by Mark Webster in 33rd, Ash Goodman (70th), Mike Shelton (71st), Chris Bennett (82nd), Craig Strong (84th), Simon Gordon (89th), Carl Hole (109th), Mark Boffey (111th) and Lee Guffick (117th).
In the ladies competition, Kathryn Adams was 17th followed by Rachel Rickard (18th), Donna Lancaster (24th), Sophie Galloway (43rd), Sandra Ingram (55th), Claire Guffick (61st) and Sarah Rober who was 65th on her first outing for the club! Thanks also go to Ray Rogers for his help and enthusiastic support during the event.
Bob Donovan was in action completing another marathon, this time the Poplar Challenge at Sence Valley Forest park in Ibstock, finishing in a time of 6:08.52 hrs.
There was a good turnout at Kingsbury Water Park for parkrun on Saturday morning. Once again mud and high water levels forced a change from the usual course.
Chris Bennett was the first Peeler home in a time of 23.26 mins followed by Darren O’Leary (26.36), Jackie Tierney (28.57), Claire Guffick (32.05), Alison Upton (32.23), Ann Hill (34.14) who finished just ahead of Sarah French (34.15), Emma Whorwood (37.06), Wendy Bowyer (37.17) and Lee Guffick (40.36). Alison Upton volunteered to help the event run smoothly.
Elsewhere Garth Cox completed the Bedworth event in 24.45 mins. Stuart Hatton (26.02) and Marcus Fairbutrn (26.03) were at Brueton Park in Solihull. Andrew Pickard finished Rotherham parkrun in 23.45 mins, Sophie Galloway visited Chasewater, finishing in 29.54 mins. Tim Mudd completed the new Oaklands parkrun in Yardley, Birmingham in 27.12 mins and Michael Stevenson cantered home in 29.35 mins at the Warwick racecourse event.
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.
1 & 2) Smalley Cross Country
3) Bob Donovan completes another marathon