On Saturday, a bunch of North Herts Road Runners ventured across the border to Bedfordshire to take part in the Great Denham parkrun – a popular fast and flat course that is renowned for providing the opportunity to notch up some speedy 5k times.
In what was an otherwise quiet week for racing, the event was the squirrels’ Run of the Month for August, and had a great turnout. 20 club runners were listed in the official results, with additional members also coming along to cheer, provide support, and enjoy the glorious sunny morning.
Despite the hot weather conditions (even at 9am in the morning) making the course a bit more challenging than usual, several squirrels were rewarded with impressive new personal bests, including David Edwards, who achieved his first sub-20 min 5km in 19:56 (on his birthday!) and Vince Wright (18:19). Other parkrun personal bests were claimed by Paula Holm (20:42), Dave Braybrook (21:17), James Poulton (21:39), Tim Banting (26:06), and Linda Aird (27:29).
Mens’ team captain John Auld clearly really enjoyed the run, and the opportunity to socialise with fellow club mmebers over coffee and cake at the park café afterwards: “We definitely had a NHRR presence at the event, which is what run of the month is all about. I was super proud to be a squirrel and see the team running and socialising afterwards.”
The full NHRR parkrun events for this week, at Great Denham and beyond, are as follows: ROOSEVELT ISLAND DC John Russell 26:24; KETTERING Steve Williamson 25:29; PYMMES Darren Sunter 16:55; WEYMOUTH Natalie Lawrence 19:23; SITTINGBOURNE Ian Harvey 23:31; GUERNSEY Matthew Ronayne 19:25; ZANDVLEI Joseph Barker-Sherry 24:48; LETCHWORTH James Godfrey 24:44, Alan Hazlehurst 31:03, Philip Flack 32:12, Geoff Pettengell 33:59, Branka Moss 43:48; GREAT DENHAM: Andrew Leach 17:12, Vincent Wright 18:19, John Auld 18:59, Ian Datlen 19:21, David Edwards 19:56, Rhiannon Botha 20:12, Paula Holm 20:42, Natasha Pitman 20:54, Dave Braybrook 21:17, James Poulton 21:39, Lucy O’Connor 24:14, Katherine Gourd 24:40, Helen Cairns 25:20, Tim Banting 26:06, Richard Barker 26:20, Adrian Sherwood 26:58, Linda Aird 27:29, Helen Giffin 28:25, Georgia Barker 32:07, Brian Judkins 38:03; HENLOW BRIDGE LAKES Barbara Sayers 26:49; NORTH YORKSHIRE WATER Helen Cromack 31:49.
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