This week’s roundup starts in the highlands of Scotland, a week after Sam Booth and Emma Garrett completed the West Highland Way just for fun, Jodie Reynolds took part in the testing Highland Fling. A 53 mile Ultra along West Highland Way trails between Milngavie and Tyndrum. Huge congratulations to Jodie who was on her feet for nearly 14 hours and must have been to some dark, dark places along the way!
It was another busy weekend for parkrunners...
Heaton parkrun hosted Dave Carroll, Sam Booth (F), Diane Roylance, Sean Potter, Ken Swarbrick, Lisa Donnelly, Salley Tolley, Carole Vizzard, Joanne Potter and Yvonne Booth.
Christine and Phil Holden visted Forest of Dean parkrun, whilst Bolton was the destination for Laurence Keighley, Alexander Shield, Andrew Norman, Cecilia Woods, Mark Wolfenden, Mark Wainwright, Adrian Campbell, Luisa Shield, Catherine Shield, Bev Walker, Richard Lord, Nidya Arunkumar, Jo Wainwright and Lesley Heyes.
Kieran Myles was at Stonehouse parkrun near Gloucester with Katie Lougheed heading for Burnage parkrun. Ben Knight and Stephen Yates were at Lyme Park parkrun, Phil Shepherd was on the trails at Watergrove parkrun, Karen Leach and Anthony Metcalf tackled Burnley parkrun, Andrew Hill took on Penrith parkrun, regular tourist Paula Jones ventured to Wetherby parkrun, Eve Hart visited Fell Foot parkrun.
Ali McArthur went to Haigh Hall parkrun, Alan Blagburn was at Lancaster parkrun and Lianne Troughton (and Bonnie) visited Chadderton Hall parkrun.
Sandra Powers headed for Morecambe Prom parkrun, David Rudman went to Alexandra parkrun, Moss Side, Adrian Booth laid down a time at Peel parkrun and last but not least Sacha Cooper prepared for later challenges at the gloriously named Wallaceneuk parkrun.
The latest event in the 2022 Club Champs was the Wray Scarecrow 10K on Saturday, back on the club calendar for the first time since 2019 and we can safely expect to see it again in future. It’s an “undulating” rural road 10K attached to the Wray Village scarecrow festival, perfect for St George’s Day and forever part of RRC folklore after some accidental fancy dress in 2019.
As is customary these days there were some outstanding female performances with Sarah Sutcliffe and Alice Bernstein, who were both running within themselves a bit before big races to come, taking their respective age graded prizes.
Four RRC men finished in the top 10 and there was welcome support far from home from Louise Geoghegan and Christine Pendlebury. Christine was there to support husband Jeff who then rocked up at the Bolton 5K on Sunday cruising round like a vintage Rolls Royce.
Meanwhile in Blackpool in the face of an unpleasant sea breeze Vanessa Lobb was truly back to form in the half marathon while Tom White and Lesley Heyes battled through the full marathon.
A little further south in the same blustery conditions Hayley Hogg was grateful for the slightly shorter distance at the Wirral 10K.
Paula Pilling took part in her first and probably not her last competetive triathlon in West Lancs with a finish in 19th overall and 3rd in age group, alongside triathlon veteran Helen Hyder who completed the same race. They were both joined by Andrew Patterson who suffered a wrong turn on the bike course but who's Strava is full of segment PB's on both the run and bike routes.
Apologies for any omissions, we love hearing about everyone’s achievements and kudos to everyone who ran this week no matter what the pace or distance!