July 16, 2023

MACs at parkrun 15 July 2023

Dennis Holmes reports from abroad, coping with variable wifi, which seemingly had to be accessed entirely from Italian pubs – we admire your persistence Dennis.

Ok, so this is another one of my reports where I write a bit as I move between pubs and wi-fi so bare with me a bit.

Performance of the day must go to Hayley at Rother Valley where she was 2nd overall in 18.37 and an age grading of 87%!
Hubby Steve ran a great 23.25 for 50th but the competition is tough in this household.

At our home parkrun Monsal Trail, Captain Greg had a fair run finishing first in 16.56, followed by Ian Watson in 6th, 18.58, Andy Mellor in 9th 20.20, Megan Elliott 24/2, 21.58, Ayako Y-N 38/3, 22.49, Andrew Watson 68th, 24.55 and Nicky Dick 82nd in 25.44.

Going solo Sarah Witham ran a great time of 23.11 at the deceptively hilly Forest Rec parkrun finishing in 35th place and 3rd lady. Another solo lady parkrun MAC was Sarah Walton who undertook the similarly undulating Rotherham parkrun finishing in 33.18, 122 position.

Closer to home Roy and Jay were making up the numbers at Brierley Forest parkrun. Roy ran 23.06 for 33rd with Jay 25.57 in 79th.

Now to the important stuff. Parkrun tourism! Luke Beresford made a bit of an attempt by going to Penrhyn parkrun for a steady jog around in 21.37 for 7th position and Gav Elliott made more of an attempt by going North of the Border to Erskine Waterfront parkrun near Glasgow recording 22.15 for 12 place however both came nowhere near taking this weeks tourism award which was taken jointly by Dennis Holmes and Lisa Walton who made the trip to Cafarella parkrun Rome where they were joined by 33 other sad people who thought running in 33 degree heat around a dust bowl would be fun. Both recorded times of 30 minutes plus with Dennis just scraping into the top half of finishers in 17th place but more importantly the coffee and cake afterwards was of a standard not usually to be found at Shipley Country parkrun visitors centre cafe.

Late news! Will Croft running in the JM11-14 category came first at Poolsbrook country parkrun, finishing in a new PB of 17.50 in what must have been a great finish with second and third places finishing within less than 10 seconds of Will. Absolutely brilliant running!