While being a nice autumnal day the windy conditions proved to be a leveler in performance on Saturday. 170 runners took to the course and there has now not been a field of fewer than 100 runners since last December. Conditions probably meant that there were no 80% runners this week with the best being Neil Scruton in 24th position and a time of 22' 12". This was rewarded with an age graded score of 78.53%.
There was a fresh event leader in the shape of Colin Reilly who came home first in 18' 00" exactly. In context there have in the last 5 years only been 41 runners complete the course in under 18'. Colin appears to have completed most of his 35 parkruns in Glasgow so quite a journey. The women's event by contrast had Deborah Church finish in 22nd position for a 59th occasion and time of 21' 51" leading the women.
The very best juniors were in 15th position, Harvey Roberts JM11-14, who lowered his PB by 5" to 20' 38". For the women previous leader Georgina Bingham JW15-17 came home in 43rd position and a time of 23' 38".
Two PB performances from a total of 27 recorded stand out. They have both hit a purple patch in the very recent weeks. Luke Duffill set his PB only two weeks ago but this week after 55 Sewerby runs bettered it by a whopping 42", finishing in 34th position with the time of 22' 50". This means that he has gone over 55% in age related performance for the first time. Dian Crone only improved her best last week and has now completed 77 Sewerby runs This week she has taken another 1' 3" from that time with a new best of 35' 27". All her running has come in the last two years and this performance was 5' better than her average time over that period and 10' better than her weakest time. Well done to both athletes.
With only about one month left to go the points competition for this year looks to be fairly settled and it should baring accidents etc be a victory for the Palmers! Adam leads the men with 4112 points and Diane leads the women with 4062 points. With 5 runs still to go it is possible mathematically that things could change but at the moment Adam is followed by James Wilson 3881 points and Duncan Smart 3749 points, while Diane is followed by Zoe Ruston 3659 points and Liz Sellers 3418 points.