Andy and Michelle Grudzinski of North Herts Road Runners headed to Rome to take part in the marathon setting out like gladiators from the majestic Colleseum before charging round the ancient city soaking up all of the stunning historic architecture. Andy came in with an excellent time of 4 hours 33 mins and 7 seconds, beating his previous best time by 16 minutes. Michelle was delighted to better her best time which was set in her first ever marathon by 22 minutes, finishing in 4 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds.
Meanwhile closer to home Jo Sopala and Lindsey Lucas begrudgingly remembered the clocks had sprung forward to drive to Hoohah Thetford Forest 10km, through Britain's largest lowland pine forest. Lindsey "really enjoyed running on trails through the forest as it was lovely and peaceful." As usual her running partner Jo Sopala was by her side keeping her going for the first part and they finished with big smiles on their faces with Jo recording 72:28 and Lindsey 73:36.
Even closer to home, Russ Hagan and Kat Hinitt ran the 10km option in the Lee Valley Run Fest with a flat course on the trails around Lee Valley Park and Watersports Centre offering potential for fast times. Russ set a great new personal best time of 49:41 and Kat was motivated to set a speedy pace as car troubles meant she was racing to catch an AA man!
NHRR finishers at parkrun events:
Daniel Martin 19:23; Ian Datlen 19:35 ; James Dalton 21:11; William Harrison 21:16; Daniel Mallett 22:49; Paul Bowal 28:09; Bob Davis 29:07; Lucy Hurley 29:32; Jennie Fraser 29:57, Philip Flack 29:59
Sue Vaughan 28:33
Henlow Bridge Lakes parkrun
James Poulton 24:19
Upton Court parkrun
Joseph Sherry 26:11
Wimpole Estate parkrun
Vince Wright 19:47; Kat Hinitt 23:53; Andrew Coates 24:07; Anna Gibson 24:15; Lucy O’Connor 25:03; Jillian Boys 25:37; Russ Hagen 27:09; Brian Judkins 33:16
Queenstown parkrun (New Zealand)
Tash Pitman 20:29 - first lady
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