This last Saturday was of course the first Saturday of the month so it saw 137 runners competing in the ‘First Saturday of the Month’ 5k NHRR race around Norton Common, Letchworth. The race was won by Peter Males of Hitchin running club in 17min 59 seconds, with his Club Mate Anna Fake coming home as the first listed female in 39th place in a time of 22:30.
23 NHRR Squirrels took part (only possible once all the marshalling posts are covered) with Stuart Overton finishing as the first NHRR man in 18:14, Andy Mutton18:31, Nick Malpeli 19:06, James Keogh 19:26, John Cooper 20:49, Vincent Pasturel 20:59, Manvir Parmer 22:08, Lewis Green 23:15, David Baker 24:12, Naomi Parkinson finishing as the first NHRR female in 25:01, Lucy O'Connor 25:21, Paul Phasey Paul 25:34, Nicole Barker 26:05, Lucy Hurley 26:08, Paul Bowal 26:23, Ian Sutcliffe 26:42, Adam Wilson 27:30, Helen Giffin fresh from Transplant Games successes in 27:34, Allison Blunt 28:15, Lucy Sinclair 29:09, Shiela Leavy 29:15, and Ali Mottram 33:35.
The final places were taken by Alison Parker and Ruth deNoojer who both posted a time of 43:30. That might be some minutes behind the first place but it’s a ‘race for everyone’ and they were clapped and cheered home having made it around the course. Everyone starts somewhere and the only really hard part about running is getting to the start line in the first place, We hope to see them again.
Elsewhere Chris Poole finished the York Parkrun in 23:26, Oliver Garbas finished the Westmill Parkrun in 21:14, in Kettering Steve Williamson finished in 21:24, Richard Fox ran Stevenage Parkrun in 26:01 and Linda Aird in Hereford ran 26:14 with Stephen Lummis running the very hilly Tring Parkrun in 24:19. Dickie and Jo Harbon took Part in a Loch Lomond Park Run and both finished first in their agegroup classifications with Dickie finishing in 21:22 with his wife Jo chasing him home in 24:24.
Jo Summers set herself a personal best time of 4 hours 54 minutes in her 7th entry to the 26 mile circular route of the Dovedale Dipper and finished as the second lady and the first female Vet home. With some big hills in there its some great running.