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Canterbury Half Marathon & More parkruns!!

Watch out Tim, we have  Caroline showing off her journalistic prowess on this report, as follows:-

On a challenging Canterbury half marathon course, (the hill at mile 3 lasted a good steady climb for about 2 miles and a brute of a hill at around mile 10) did not stop 10 Folkestone runners  braving not only the undulation of the country lanes but also battled with the rain that pretty much lasted the whole way round. 

Having said that a record number of marshals were out in force (I heard over 40 from the local rotary club) and not to mention our own Sue Elkins, Trevor Brown and Pam Allon with hoods and brollies cheered everyone in, with Terry King’s encouraging cheer 200m from the finish line. 

Before today, if asked whether this was a PB course, I would have said “no way” just to get round is success enough, an achievement worth bellowing from the hill tops of the north downs and an accolade worth putting in the scrap book, and I have to say for most of us that was the case, but just look at these results:

 

First home was Andrew Noble with yes a PB of 1.31.08, Clive Allon was next home with a seasons best of 1.38.49.  Debbie Jeffrey first of the Folkestone Ladies with yes, you guessed PB’d at 1.39.22.  Brian Davis who without a great deal of training rocked up and ran 1.42.15 (must be a natural) with Darren Crew prepping for his marathon ran a fine 1.42.58.  Steve King smashed his Canterbury course record coming in at 1.48.34.   Next in for the ladies, was me, Caroline Curtis and I too ran a course record of 1.53.26.   The battle was on with the next lady home as cat and mouse team saw Jo Peers sneak in front with a PB of 1.57.43 of Jody Stokes who enjoyed the rain managed the course in 1.58.24.  Alison Jelly who coming back after a stint out of running, ran 2.05.27

Well done everyone

 

Saturday also saw a couple of other runners who park ran.  Our first goes to international runner Catherine O’Connor who was up at 5 ready for the 7am start at Clermont Waterfront in Florida.  Catherine like Lucy Weekes on her international debut was so excited but could not believe that the lead lady who ran in 19 minutes came from Reading.  Catherine loved the course round a lake and in 80 degree heat finished 36th out of 119 runners in a time of 24.05.

Lucy Weekes whilst visiting family in Derby has got the parkrun bug, ran at Darley Abbey which featured a fierce hill (what is it with hills lately) finishing 7th in a time of 24.12

Next were Andy Noble and Caroline Curtis who on another parkrun road trip tried out the one lap through forest course at Black Park in Slough.  Andy finished 11th in 19.36 and Caroline in 24.35.

Many thanks Caroline.

Dave Weekes 2014-08-25 21:07:54

 

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