March 26, 2023

parkrun summary 25 March 2023

Dennis Holmes summarises MAC parkruns:

Another excellent turnout today saw 19 MACS at 8 different parkrun locations in which we collectively claimed Gold, Silver and Bronze medals showing that Matlock is much more than an old spa town that floods!

At our local event, Monsal Trail, Greg Hopkinson took Gold in 16.52 leading in the impressive pack of Sam Davis (5th,19.22), Andy Mellor (8th, 19.47), Chris Gillott (15th,21.48), Megan Elliott (17th, 21.48, Bronze Medal lady!), and Gavin Elliott (19th, 22.18).

Over at Poolsbrook one could argue that the best athletic performance of the day was in fact Will Crofts 18.34 and Bronze medal place as he is still a JM11-14. It is obviously in the genes as dad Simon Croft finished in 22nd place in 22.22 showing that he still has it (very occasionally). Third MAC home at Poolsbrook was Steve Goodall in 22.35 for 27th place with Sarah Witham just 13 seconds behind in 22.48 for 32nd overall and another Bronze for the ladies! Finally bringing up the rear of this speedy quintuplet Rob Robert Scriven posted a not too shoddy 23.03 for 36th.

Down at Markeaton Park parkrun, sole MAC Simon Fisher carried on his recent form with the silver medal place in 18.54 whilst over the road at Alvaston parkrun Toby Gill claimed yet another Gold for MAC with a super quick 16.24 and an age grading of 80%!! whilst Lisa Walton had a steady day in 114th place, 30.38. Another sole MAC runner Roy Austin was off chasing a prime and Fibonacci number at Wollaton park where he was joined by another 400 or so runners doing the same thing! Roy posted a nice 24.51 for 95th place.

Finally moving to the non athletic section of the club, Jay Bird and Dennis Holmes were off yet again chasing a Wilson Index number 86 and ended up in the suburbs of Bradford, Yorkshire for Bowling Park parkrun. This is an exclusive little run which averages only 30-50 participants hence Jay’s 16th and Dennis’s 18th place need to be put in the context of only 48 ran this morning. We won’t mention the times but it was very hilly!

Finally, finally, we have a newcomer to our little group, Dennis Belbin who by going to Princes parkrun in Liverpool stole the tourist award this week and we not only need to congratulate him on his excellent time of 24.33, 109th position but also on doing this on the occasion of his 50th birthday!

*** Steward’s enquiry *** Mr B has highlighted that he is not in fact 50, although the precise wording of his objection has had to be censored. We all agree that Mr Holmes should keep his head down next time he sees Dennis :-).

Late VAR decision has confirmed that Andrew Watson did cross the line at Bramshall parkrun today in 23.13 and 7th position. Well run Andrew.