North Herts Road Runners took three of the first four places at their monthly 5k run on Norton Common.
Ed Price won the First Saturday of the Month event with a speedy 17. 46 and John Auld was second in 18.24. Past winner Oliver Brady took fourth place on his return from an injury lay-off with 20.04. Ellie Scott was first lady finisher for the squirrels in 24.38.
Other NHRR finishers: Simon Poole, 22.06; Johnny Spinks, 24.00; Bob Davis, 27.53; Rachel Annetts, 29.11; Jeni Spurr-Jones, 29.32; Sheila Leavy, 30.47; Dawn Power, 30.52; Lindsay Cook, 31.51; Helen Giffin, 33.42;
Chris Poole clocked up his 100th different Parkrun venue and a personal best to boot when he travelled to Hackney Marshes Parkrun on Saturday morning. Poole celebrated his remarkable century by crossing the line in 22.14 - his fastest ever Parkrun time.
Poole was supported by a travelling band of NHRR runners. Darren Matussa finished in 17.50; Kat Burr 22.19; Joe Sherry, 22.29; Steve Lummis, 22.43.
Pete Sibbett and Karen Dodsworth took the shorter journey to Bedford Parkrun, finishing in 20.17 and 27.50 respectively.
James Keogh recorded an impressive new personal best at the Cambridge Half Marathon. A recent recipient of the NHRR Coaches’ Award for his dedication to training, Keogh proved that consistent application pays dividends by finishing in 1.24.59
It was half-marathon action also for Jim Marvell at the Milton Keynes Festival of Running. Despite running most of the race with soaking feet after tackling a flooded underpass in the early stages, Marvell was pleased to finish in 2.24.53. He is now well on course for a full marathon at the same venue in two months’ time.
John Rayner encountered similarly wet and windy conditions at Regent’s Park, but still finished his first 10k of the year in 36.41.