At the Malvern trail half marathon on Saturday, five Peelers tackled the hilly course taking in over 2500 ft of climb on the iconic Malvern hills. The dry and sunny, but very windy weather made for good running conditions with far reaching views across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. First to cross the finish line for the club in a time of 2:25:58 and in 66th place was Mark Boffey. He was followed by Darren Truman in 2:39:12 and 108th place; Simon Gordon in 2:39:15 and 109th place and Lorna Carlin in 2:39:18 and 110th place. Unfortunately, following a harsh fall on the course, Phil Neale was forced to withdraw from the race. Luckily his injuries were only minor, but sadly the same could not be said for his wrecked phone!
On Sunday, the irrepressible V75+ distance runner Bob Donovan was out on the trails again! This week he was taking part in the Tissington trail marathon, an out and back race along the Tissington trail at Ashbourne. The course is quite deceptive in that the first 13.1 miles are a steady uphill drag, which can drain the legs before the turnaround and run back to Ashbourne. Bob completed the course in a time of 5:57:40 and achieved first (and last!) in age group and was awarded a special plaque for his achievement!
At the weekend’s parkruns, Kingsbury once again saw the largest turnout of Peelers. First to finish the 5k course in 5th place and a time of 20:09 was Rob Mace. He was closely followed by Rachael Rickards, who finished as 3rd female in 18th place overall in a time of 22:15. Other runners included: Ben Dorkins (22:46); Jackie Tierney (28:37); Clara Walton (29:51); Roger Eastaff (30:19 – personal best); Emma Whorwood (30:28 – personal best); Alison Perry (31:52); Ann Hill (40:03); Stephen Andrews (40:15) and Chris Norris (45:46).
Parkrun tourists included: Claire Guffick (29:47) and Lee Guffick (38:44) at Sutton Park; Michael Stevenson (31:23) at Warwick Racecourse; Tim Mudd (25:41) at East Park, Wolverhampton and Garth Cox (23:43) at Beacon Park, Lichfield. Omitted from last week’s report: Emma Pick finished as 1st lady in a time of 20:01 and 8th place overall at the Conkers parkrun on Saturday, 16th April.