Saturday’s not what it used to be

Our intrepid parkrun tourist, Martin Owen, was in Diss this weekend clocking up yet another course at Harleston Magpies parkrun, where he finished twelfth in 24:23. The route includes a whopping 47 turns as it weaves its way around Harleston Magpies Hockey Club. Also on the tourist trail but taking on a much simpler two-lap course at Hove Promenade parkrun, was Meera Rajoo-Oakley, who ran steady to finish in just under 25 mins.

Martin Owen, living his best life.

Staying on the coast, Anna Lyon was the second female at Clacton Seafront parkrun in 24:30, whilst Charlie Keitch (19:20), learnt that you should never try to keep up with a speeding Mark Jasper, who finished in first place, once again, with a stonking new course PB of 18:03.

Take a look at the club’s full parkrun results for the week.

Also taking place on Saturday morning was the Paras10, a 10 mile multi-terrain endurance race held over undulating military land. Finishers from the club included Tim Ballard (1:07:35), David and Louise Balfour, who crossed the line together in 1:41:24, Leoni Harvey (1:48:39), Mark Crittenden (1:57:35), Neil Robins (2:06:42) and Emma Levett- Welham (2:06:43).  Taking part in the Canicross event were Craig Mitchell (1:10:16) and Hélène Tyler (2:14:00), whilst John Booty completed the TAB event where competitors complete the course, carrying a bergen (rucksack) weighing 35lb. John had a fantastic race, winning the Vet (50-59) category in the amazing time of 1:34:30.

What a Booty!

The final race of the day came at the Ipswich Twilight 5k, which took place on Ipswich Waterfront in very hot conditions. Despite the weather, this fast, flat course is perfect for trying to bag yourself a PB and that’s exactly what Lisa Briggs did as she crossed the finish line in 23:05. Our other finishers included Paul Davison (18:57), Magdalena Komorowska (22:40) Sarah Davison (25:14) and Martin Cotton (26:43).

Our runners at the Colchester Stampede

The final race of the weekend came on Sunday with the Colchester Stampede 10km, which starts and finishes in Colchester Zoo to take everyone’s mind off the fact that this is a pretty hilly course. That didn’t put off a few hardy runners, though, with Louise Balfour setting the pace for Bentley in 57.38, despite having completed the Paras10 the day before. Swift on her heels was Charlotte Mills, who raised over £300 for St Helena Hospice, and who finished in the fantastic time of 58:58. Michelle Auer completed the course in 1:02:00, whilst the inspirational Emma Wakeling, who just wanted to get around without walking, smashed out a fantastic run to finish in 1:03:26.