Weekly Round Up – 31st July 2023

Ever since the Peel Road Runners were established as a running club for Tamworth runners over 35 years ago, the club has welcomed runners of all abilities. For some of the club’s members, parkruns are the highlight of their week whilst for others, it is all about pushing the boundaries to see what they are capable of doing. Two such Peelers are Martin Hollamby and Steph Attenborough. 

At the weekend, Martin Hollamby completed the Lakeland 100 mile trail race. This iconic race follows a circular trail route emcompassing the whole of the Lakeland fells, including around 6300 m (21000 ft) of ascent. The route starts and finishes in Coniston and heads south before completing a clockwise loop taking in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale, Buttermere, Keswick, Matterdale, Haweswater, Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater before finishing in Coniston. Completing the route in 31.5 hours, Hollamby stated that he had had a great adventure, but that fatigue set in in the last 10 miles which caused him to lose some time there.

Meanwhile, ticking off more marathons in her 100 marathon challenge, Steph Attenborough completed 12 marathons in 12 days with Zig Zag Running with an average time of just over 6 hours, taking her marathon total to 84!

In Sunderland, Joy Sykes took part in the World Triathlon Championship Series Sprint distance triathlon completing the 0.75 km swim in 22:28; the 16.9 km cycle ride in 44:15 and the 5 km run in 33:49 finishing 12th in the F55-59 age category.

At the weekend’s parkruns, Phil Neale was first home for the Peelers in 22:06 followed by Ben Dorkins (22:57); Simon Gordon (24:18); Tim Mudd (25:40); Dave Fern (29:41); Darren O’Leary (30:36); Claire Guffick (31:40); Laura Bowyer (32: 59); Lee Guffick (33:57); Helen Dempsey (36:05); Neal Dempsey (36:14); Roger Eastaff (36:27); Wendy Bowyer (39:40); Chris Norris (63:08) and Sarah French (63:39). Parkrun tourists included: Mark Boffey (23:46) and Michael Hughes (27:32) at South Manchester; Samantha Harris (36:30) at Brueton; Jackie Tierney (30:12) at Merthyr; Emma Pick (20:47) at Conkers; Garth Cox (28:10) at Sutton Park; Mick Stevenson (36:07) at Warwick Racecourse and Ian Orton (23:36) at Chipping Norton School.

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