Easter saw members of North Herts Road Runners fanning out across the country and tackling races wherever they were on their travels.
The Maidenhead Easter 10 provided a handy stop-off for Linda Aird on her return from a holiday in Bruges and was also an opportunity to revisit the scene of her best 10-mile time, which she set on the same course in 2011. ‘12 years and plenty of injuries down the line, but continuing my cautious return to racing, I wanted to test myself over a slightly longer distance’ said Aird, as she set herself a pre-race target of finishing in less than 1 hour 40.
She ‘headed off cautiously in favourable conditions’ and was pleased to find she could ‘increase the pace a little in the last couple of miles’. A fast finish saw her clock a very pleasing 1.32.39 - ’10 mins slower than my PB, but not the personal worst I was expecting’.
Anna Greetham reported that she had to ‘battle the elements’ as well as the course as she tackled the Easter 10k Coastal Road Race in Guernsey. After a ‘character-building’ race she was pleased to cross the line in 49.08 and celebrate with a jam doughnut provided by her support crew in the form of her brother!
Elwyn Howell completed two races in Devon, celebrating his birthday with a 21.31 finish at the Teignmouth Parkrun on Easter Saturday and then clocking 45.43 at Yeovilton’s Easter Bunny 10k on Monday. Howell made it a particularly active holiday by also fitting in a 13-mile training run on Easter Sunday!
Ross Black was another Squirrel on tour, in his case tackling the ‘Kilomathon’ 13.1 km race in Edinburgh, which he finished in 1.04.17
Closer to home, Sheila Leavy took the short trip down the A1 to Stevenage and was delighted to complete her first Parkrun since a major hip operation, completing the 5km course in 43:10. Adopting a fast-walk strategy, she said she ‘really enjoyed it and was able to keep up a steady pace’. Well done, Sheila!
The Squirrels recorded another Parkrun success by providing both male and female first finishers on the hilly Letchworth course, with Tom Webb and Katie Harbon clocking 18.02 and 19.07 respectively. Stewart Overton was first finisher at Henlow Bridge Lakes in 17.45.
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