Dennis Holmes reports on MACs at parkrun, 29 July 2023 – another roving report, depending on available internet connection.
Starting with our quickest runner of the day, Luke Beresford ran a 17.07 for first place at Alvaston motivating Jay Bird to his PB of 24.17 and 64th position.
Over at Brierley Forest parkrun Simon Fisher ran 22.27 for 15th followed by Becky Curtis-Hall in 23.23 for 20th and 3rd lady then Rob Curtis in 24.34 for 36th.
At the home Monsal Trail run Megan Elliot ran a speedy 22.03 for 36th/4th lady with Greg following her in with 22.04 & 37th. Andrew Watson had a steady one finishing in 25.38, 116th. Also staying local to Derbyshire, Sarah Witham was recovering from Newstead Abbey Dash with a 24.36 / 55th with Rob also on a recovery run 24.59 & 63rd.
Starting with the amateur tourists. Roy Austin revisited Rotherham parkrun seeking to improve his time which he succeeded in doing finishing in 22.56 and 15th place on quite a deceptively undulating course. Chris Rouse was left in his wake with a 26.37 and 43rd position.
Getting more serious with a trip to Lincolnshire hunting her letter Y at Yarborough leisure centre, Sarah Walton ran a very respectable 31.56 for 136th albeit on this pancake flat tarmac course!
Possibly our first real tourist of the day was Lisa Walton who undertook the mission to reach Six Fields parkrun in Northamptonshire before 9am. She almost made it, so gave everyone a minutes start on her time of 35.21.
Finally we reach the real unenvironmentally friendly members of our group. Gavin Elliott presumably burnt quite a lot of fossil fuel in his drive down to Penrose Parkrun in Cornwall where he ran an excellent 22.04 for 37th place.
However, taking the prize for needlessly ruining our planet, Dennis Holmes clocked up a flight, a 3 hour coach journey and a ferry crossing to reach Inis Meain parkrun located in the Atlantic Ocean just off the South West coast of Ireland. Fueled on nothing but the Holy Water of Ireland and his deep faith Dennis managed a respectable 28.10 and 59th position.
*** Stewards’ enquiry – following the anguished howls of indignation from MAC members, the following runners also ran this weekend:
At Monsal Trail, young Logan Fairey ran an impressive 18:08 for fourth place overall, followed (quite a bit later) by Andy Mellor, marking his 50th parkrun in 20:17.
Team Jones were also in action at Ashbourne, with Gary clocking 22:33, Oliver 25:32, Emily 30:49 and Lisa 30:51.