Sheila Leavy’s return to running continued at Henlow Bridge lakes for her first trail parkrun since injury. Sheila finished in 41:47 and was smiling all the way round the 2.5 lap course. James Dalton ran a personal best time at Letchworth parkrun where he is one of the regulars, either volunteering or running most weeks. He finished in first in 20:11. Helen Cairns celebrated her 25th parkrun milestone at Letchworth, a day before tackling the London Ride 100! Mike Over ran another PB of 19:44 at Stevenage and first in his age group.
Malpelli returns to form at Chester Half Marathon
Nick Malpelli took part in his second England Masters representative race of the year at the Chester Half Marathon and after "an interrupted training block" decided to target a time of 1 hour and 25 minutes. Nick said "it was a lovely day in Chester, pleasantly warm, no wind. As the race went on I managed to maintain my position in the field, but also tried to keep something back for the uphill finish I remembered from last year." He finished in 1:23:25, eleventh in his male veteran 55 age group and pleased with his performance.
Completing Parkruns this week
32 NHRR squirrels appeared at 12 different parkruns. At Storeys Field parkrun Mike Over celebrated his 50th parkrun milestone with a parkrun PB! Sheila Leavy was pleased with her fastest walking 5km PB at Stevenage parkrun in 40:51!
Letchworth parkrun James Dalton 21:13, Joe Dixon 22:18, Steve Brenton 24:19, Philip Flack 29:04, Jane Clarke 29:07, Helen Cairns 29:08
Coldham’s Common parkrun Georgina Quayle 24:44
Henlow Bridge Lakes parkrun Stewart Overton 18:04, Tracy Pitcairn 22:15, Anna Greetham 26:03, Matt Roberts 26:04, Tim Banting 27:28, Anna Gibson 27:52, Bob Davis 28:45, Joseph Barker-Sherry 30:12
Talkin Tarn Country Park parkrun Dawn Power 28:18
Over in Denmark Karen Townsend completed her 8th Marathon in an excellent time of 3:13:05 in unseasonably hot weather!
NHRR's very own Greenway challenge was on Sunday and race director Lindsay Cook "thanked everyone who made the event so successful with an amazing team effort from all those who helped organise, marshalled, and ran". The greenway is home to many black squirrels and 17 of the clubs members participated round the self-guided event in perfect conditions, although Saturday's rain made it muddy underfoot in places. Squirrels claimed victories in both the female and male categories with Dervla Downing completing the course in an impressive 1 hour and 47 minutes and Stewart Overton finished in great form just 2 weeks after his London Marathon race in 1 hour and 21 minutes.
Vanessa Rolfe ran her 2nd event since September 2021, and was "over the moon to just simply complete the course as I’ve only been running for 8 weeks & no longer than 6 miles". She dipped well under 3 hours mark finishing in 2:52:31. Hayley Cocks finished in 2 hours 54 minutes and her summary was "it was very humid,forgot how hilly it is and that I've not done any distance for over a year and was super pleased to over-take a few people and to stay in front!".
Full results: Stewart Overton 01:21:23, Ian Datlen 01:32:40, James Keogh 01:34:07, James Dalton 01:34:44, Lee Varley 01:39:12, James Johnston 01:41:44, Simon Clapham, 01:44:07, Dervla Downing 01:47:19, Stuart Cocks 01:47:59, Joanne Hoare 02:05:51, James Humphrys 02:06:02, Jillian Tooley-Boys 02:07:16, Grace Cleary 02:12:21, Nicola Withington 02:12:46, Vanessa Rolfe 02:52:32, Tracey Mccreath 03:01:03, Farzana Bhatti 03:01:04, Hayley Cocks 02:56:41
In Marathon and Half Marathon action
We had Rachel Arnott at the Milton Keynes marathon on the Early May Bank Holiday Monday in an impressive time of 03:20:46, to finish 10th lady and 2nd in her age category, gaining qualification for the English Masters Representative Marathon in October. Then across the pond Laurie Scott completed the Toronto Marathon in 4:18:48 which he described as a "nice marathon, well organised and the world's biggest heaviest medal".
Frances Stanton returned close to her home town with James Godfrey to run The Richmond Ranlegh Harriers Half Marathon. James still heavy legged from his marathon debut agreed to pace Frances round who said "It was a picturesque flat course round Hampton court and Thames River path and due to solid pacing I finished in a time of 1:58:36 achieving my goal to finish in under 2 hours for the first time in 4 years!"
Completing Parkruns this week, NHRR squirrels appeared at 8 different parkruns:
Bank holiday sunshine provided the perfect conditions for the many North Herts Road Runners who turned out to support the Hitchin 10k race on Sunday. Twenty six squirrels took to the start in the historic market square to complete the ‘beautiful course’ and the bright sunshine certainly made for a great day. Kris Whitmore led the men home in 38:11, followed by Oliver Babik (39:15), James Dalton who sneaked under 41 minutes to cross the line in 40:55, Dave Edwards (42:01), Mike Philips (43:02) and James Godfrey (43:17). Astrid Mckeown was the first female home for North Herts Road Runners in a brilliant time of 43:32, followed by Stuart Cocks who, having had only 3 hours sleep after a night shift, came in with a superb time of 44:17. Paul Holm followed next in 44:54 having achieved a massive PB at Manchester Marathon just 2 weeks before – bravo! Richard Baker also joined the great NHRR team turnout and crossed the line with a new PB of 45:07. David Weston followed in (46:10), Elwyn Howell (47:53), Mark Seddon (47:56), Laura Fairbanks (48:06 and another great post Manchester marathon race), James Poulton (48:39), Shaun Allin (53:37), Nicola Withington (58:16), Andrea Weisl-Shaw (59:03), Jenna Manggos (59:52), Lucy Hurley (1:01:25) and Ian Sutcliffe (1:01:39). Georgie Barker finished in 1:01:11, followed a few minutes later by Aimee Flack who crossed the finish line in 1:04:34, Allison Blunt (1:08:13) and Vanessa Rolfe, who having not raced since 2021 due to injury, was pleased with her superb time of 1:16:53.
Jillian Tooley-Boys competed in a slightly different event with her beloved canine companion, Lulu. ‘The Claydons’ is an eight mile scenic multi-terrain route in North Bucks. Jillian described it “as a beautiful, undulating, multi terrain route across stunning countryside and woodland. Although it was a warm day, Lulu loved the puddles left over from the wet weather!”
The parkrun was also a popular event on Saturday morning with squirrels travelling far and wide.
Vincent WRIGHT - 19:07
Michael OVER 20:41
Ian HARVEY 21:09
Chris STOKES 21:15
James POULTON 22:55
Emma SANDHAM 23:00
Elwyn HOWELL 23:17
Paula HOLM 23:59
Mike PHILLIPS 23:59
Jane CLARKE 24:44
Sarah MITCHERSON 25:55
Natalie PHILLIPS 29:25
Joseph BARKER-SHERRY 37:11
Katie HARBON 19:56
Ian DATLEN 20:31
James DALTON 21:24
Steve BRENTON 26:21
Jo HARBON 29:29
Geoff PETTENGELL 36:33
Carina QUAYLE 40:32
Milton Country Park
Georgina QUAYLE 25:16
Brian JUDKINS 34:38
Darren MATUSSA 19:55
Mike BULLOCK 41:37
Jon HUNT 22:03
Richard HARBON 23:18
Kris WHITMORE 19:38
Irchester Country parkrun
Caroline THRUSSELL 25:13
Stewart OVERTON 18:16
Anna GREETHAM 25:52
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