With little race activity over the festive period, parkrun was the main focus for many Peelers.
New Year’s Day parkruns always prove popular and this year was no exception with a record crowd of 820 at Kingsbury Water park, making it one of the most popular events in the country. Uniquely at New year, different park runs take place at different times to allow keen runners to do the double. This year a local double was available with the Sutton Park event taking place at 8 30 followed by Kingsbury at 10.30. Several keen Peelers successfully completed the double, with the Kingsbury leg generally being faster than the hillier Sutton Park course.
Congratulations go to Martin Hollamby (22.17 mins at Sutton Park and 19.44 mins at Kingsbury), Mike Shelton (22.26 and 21.49), Carl Hole (28.41 and 27.29), Claire Guffick (32.07 and 31.00), Emma Whorwood (33.58 and 35.18), Wendy Bowyer (37.22 and 36.10) and achieving her 50th parkrun in the process, Sarah French (36.12 and 36.32) and Lee Guffick (38.48 and 38.22) for doing the double.
Several other Peeler presumably fancied a lie in and just completed Kingsbury. Marcus Fairburn finished in 27.16 mins followed by Stuart Hatton (27.23), Darren O’Leary (32.42), Alison Dolphin (38.37), Stephen Andrews (39.44) and Christine Norris (40.06).
Saturday dawned dry and bright and Kingsbury parkrun was again well attended despite only being 3 days since the previous running. First Peeler home was Mike Shelton in a decent 22.00 mins. Not far behind was Chris Bennett in a new personal best time of 22.20 mins then Phil Neale (23.45), Garth Cox (24.15), Darren O’Leary (24.40), Tim Mudd (27.20), Sophie Galloway (28.30), Carolyne Browne (28.31), Claire Guffick (31.45), just ahead of Jackie Tierney (31.52) and Mark Boffey on his return from injury (32.36). Lee Guffick finished in 33.17 mins, ahead of Sarah French and Ann Hill (both 33.24 mins) and Wendy Bowyer who completed the course in 38.37 mins. Congratulations also go to Jackie Tierney who completed her 150th park run over the Christmas period.
Several Peelers were in tour including Emna Pick who finished as first lady at Conkers in 21.11 mins and Andrew Pickard who finished the Sheffield Concord event in 22.58 mins. Zac Gibbons (23.32) and Nickolas Neale (25.32) both attended Sutton Park and Michael Stevenson completed the Warwick Racecourse event in 30.31 mins.
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.
Photo: Wendy Bowyer’s 50th parkrun