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:
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