A rare weekend without a named storm to contend with, but with signs of a different kind of storm on the horizon, it was a weekend to just do what we enjoy best – getting out there and smashing some racing.
This weekend also coincided with International Women’s Day, so we’ll start with a big round of kudos for the performances and contribution to the Club of all of our female Members.
Saturday’s Parkruns actually begin on Friday, as Craig and Dawn Brooks were running the Dunedin Parkrun whilst on their travels in New Zealand and finished in 27:10 and 29:28 respectively.
Kerry Anderson’s 23:46 was a Course PB and Ian Rookes’ scored a distance PB with his 24:36.
At Poolsbrook, Andy Portwood ran a 21:48 Course PB. Paul Taylor was close behind him with his 21:58. Neil Yewman’s 22:54 was a Course PB. Neil Innes ran a 23:45 and Chris Jones’ 23:54 was also a PB. Gillian Carter registered a best of the year 25:27.
From our Junior Section, Jack Taylor scored a distance PB with his 26:37.
Sunday’s action was at a bright but blustery Retford Half Marathon and first home for the Club in 3rd Place was Gareth Lowe with a 1:09:22. That only tells half the story however, as that time ranks as the 6th or 7th All-time best HM finish time for a V45.
Darren King finished in an M50 category winning 1:16:09. Jordan Street ran a 1:20:13; Phil Morris 1:22:11 and Malc Stapleton 1:28:03. Mike Brown’s 1:37:16 was a Course PB and Paul Levitt came in on 1:37:10.
Stuart Cunningham came in on 1:41:54; Neil Yewman’s 1:42:53 was both a Course PB and a 5 ½ minute Distance PB. Steve Hattersley crossed the line alongside on 1:42:54.
Giles Searby’s 1:44:25 was a 7-minute distance PB, a 19-minute Course PB and earns him a Club Bronze Standard.
Annie Morton ran in a 1:50:37 and Ellis Hewitt a 2:10:49. After their 10-mile warm-up Paddy Abbott and Rebecca Marshall finished together in 2:11:32 and Steve Carter finished his first HM in 2:11:46.
Finally, to Dan Page’s exploits at the European Duathlon Championships in Spain. Competing in a GB Vest, Dan finished 11th in his Age Category and qualifies again for next year’s event.
Well done all!