Perfect weather conditions in Flitwick on Sunday where six squirrels turned out to run the Flitwick 10K with little or no wind and a fair bit of sunshine. The course was very undulating with some nasty hills late on in the race, but recent efforts at NHRR hill training sessions have obviously paid off. Mark Vaughan was the first squirrel home, picking up the trophy for 1st V40 in the race and a new 10k PB of 33:56. Others running were Claire O’Sullivan finishing in 50:28, a new PB. Ian Sutcliffe finished in 53:09, a new PB. New member Gina Joseph crossed the line in 53:09. Sue Vaughan coming back from injury finished in 58:15 and Helen Ferguson finished in 1:01:11. Included photo included from Flitwick 10k. Left to right, Claire O’Sullivan, Mark Vaughan, Sue Vaughan, Gina Joseph, Helen Ferguson, Ian Sutcliffe.
Marathon season continues as Steve Tracy ran the Brighton Marathon crossing the line in 3:16:55. Sue Foot ran the Boston marathon UK, in Lincolnshire. The route was very well marshalled and flat as a pancake. Sue crossed the line in 4:19:15. Jo Summers ran the undulating two lap course on the Bungay Black Dog Marathon and finished in 3:41. Other squirrels ran the Half marathon option, Jon Hunt finished in 1:43 and Sheena Cook finished in 1:58.
In contrast to Sunday, the weather was miserable on Saturday when three squirrels took part in Parkruns. David Annetts was 2nd at Bedford in 17:34, a fantastic return after injury. Also running was Linda Aird who finished her first time on the course in 27:20.
It was the first year anniversary for the Luton Wardown Parkrun. Lindsay Cook took part, finishing in 29:31.
North Herts Road Runners’ and 100 marathon club member Jo Summers was delighted to run a speedy 3.36.57 in Rome. Closer to home , two squirrels achieved Good For Age. John Auld ran a PB of 3.03.15 in Manchester and secured a GFA place for London 2017. Also in action in Manchester was Hannah Fisher who ran well to cross the finishing line in 3.44.51.
Five squirrels travelled to Sandy to take part in the undulated Sandy 10 and first home for the club was Mark Young in 73.52 followed by Claire O’Sullivan, setting a PB in 82.18, Colin Calcutt 1.24.24, Linda Aird 1.26.30 and Richard Fox 1.34.54.