This week’s roundup starts with a pre-emptive apology for the inevitable omissions after what must have been one of the busiest weeks of race participation we’ve ever had.
We had parkrunners all over the place but so far, I’ve only found three in Forfar. Well done to speedy trio James Thomas, Neil McRobert and Rowan Ardill.
Other tourists of note include Julia Martin at Bryn Bach, Adrian Booth at Valentines in Ilford, Alan Blagburn in Huddersfield and Sacha Fox at Crewe whilst Beverly Walker made it 100 parkruns not out at Oldham.
The usual high turnouts at Bolton and Heaton Park included a first pace finish for Paula Pilling and a 150th parkrun for Jane Emanuel.
The younger members of the Carmichael family put in a huge effort at Peel Park with Olivia finishing 3rd female and Elizabeth completing her 7th full parkrun.
Racing started early in the week with Lee and Diane Ford at the scenic Cowbridge Reservoir 5k. Lee wasn’t content with that for the week and took part in the Hameldon Hill Fell Race on Sunday.
On Wednesday evening Nigel Hartley, Rowan Ardill, Mark Wolfenden, Ben Jones and Rosie Cummings (2nd V40) paid a mere £4 for the privilege of running up Cowpe and Whittle Hill on a lovely evening in unusually dry conditions at Rossendale Harriers Foe Edge Fell Race.
Meanwhile, down in the city Kayleigh Hadfield was at Media City in Salford for the 5k.
The weekends races started local at the Hare and Hounds for the Howler Half Marathon. Peter Taylor, Richard Jones, Kieran Myles and Matt Felton seemed to be loving it when they passed me heading in the opposite direction. Howler Events races have been adopted by Trough Trails UK but the same loose grasp of distance prevails with the half measuring at about 25k.
Connor Barrett, Rob Manning and Sandra Powers were running 10k around Boggart Hole Clough at the Piece of Cake 10k. A local cake themed 10k seems just the sort of thing we might be seeing here again in about 12 months?
The St Illtyd’s Ultra is a tough 50k coastal, multi terrain race in South Wales that proved no match for Cecilia Woods, Darren Cottrill and Lee Troughton.
Sarah Sutcliffe continued her run of fine form with a PB and top 20 finish at the Alderley Edge 10k alongside Catheryn McIntyre.
In Liverpool Jo and Mark Wainwright ran the Spring 10k around Sefton Park and further up the coast Sarah Clarke was the lone ram at the Morecambe Bay half Marathon.
Closer to home Rosie Cummings, Karen Rothwell and Emma Stacey were in Swinton for their 5mile trail race.
Not on foot but Lesley Heyes cycled 170k around the mountains of Mallorca in the Island’s 312 Race.
I have no idea how far they went in total, but Sam Booth and Emma Garratt did the Silva Great Lakeland 3 day event, up and down what must be pretty familiar territory to both of them by now with about 5000m of ascent.
On bank holiday Monday Sacha Fox was in Milton Keynes without her kit for the half marathon along with partner Tony who managed the good for age marathon time he’s been looking for.
Enough? Not quite. Alice Bernstein put the cherry on top in in Milton Keyes with an incredible and hard earned 3hrs 10mins, finishing 8th overall.
A huge congratulations to everyone who competed or just got out for a run anywhere this weekend!.