It was a marathon with a difference for Michelle and Andy Grudzinski as they tackled the Marathon du Cognac and enjoyed all this region of western France has to offer along the way. Given Michelle is teetotal, it was left to Andy to sample the Cognac handed out at all the drinks stations while Michelle ‘tested the paté and cake options and had a dance with each of the bands!’.
Injury forced the duo to separate at the halfway mark, but Michelle reported that they ‘continued to make the most of the local offerings’, Michelle finishing in 4:52 and Andy ‘stumbling / hobbling’ across the line in 5:25. ‘Fortunately’, Michelle continued, ‘a bottle of Creme du Cognac was handed out with the medals to help ease the pain!’.
Closer to home, John Auld was pleased to maintain a ‘nice and consistent pace’ en route to an impressive 5th place and 37:48 clocking at the First Saturday of the Month 10k in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This month the race was moved to a different date and a new course - ‘more twisty than usual and with a bit of wind’.
Even though he was ‘shattered at the end and had to go and sit down straight afterwards’, Auld said ‘it was great running in the Olympic Park around the stadium – it’s a fantastic venue’.
21 Squirrels completed Parkruns this weekend, with Kat Hinitt first female finisher at Letchworth in 24:40.
James Dalton 21:09, Steve Brenton 22:35, Ian Harvey 22:41, Matt Roberts 23:49, Stuart Cocks 24:17, Kat Hinitt, 24:40, Chloe Lucas 26:01, Carl Goodrum 28:41, Philip Flack 29:33
William Harrison 20:04, Andrew Underhill 22:40
Darren Matussa 19:47
Nick Malpeli 19:00
Cosford Fields Parkrun
Brian Judkins 34:22
Henlow Bridge Lakes Parkrun
Jillian Boys 24:31, Rob Milburn 25:33, Mike Bullock 27:03, Jane Clarke 27:05
Written by James Walsh.
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