Event 77 - 26 March 2011
by Peter Reilly
80 personal bests in a field of 188 runners, of which 22 were first timers, suggests that conditions today were perfect for fast times; neither too cold or too warm, no wind and the ground was firm underfoot too. The personal bests are too many to mention but especially well done to todays winner Richard Allen who notched up a PB as well. Louise Ayling was a first timer at Reading parkrun. Something of a nomad, Louise has run tweve parkruns in total, at eleven different courses. I hope we made a good impression and we see her again!
Mark Saunders, fresh from a stunning 1:15:04 at last weeks Reading Half Marathon was back in his usual quietly efficient Event Director role today. His group of volunteers as always were pleasant and encouraging and it all went off very smoothly. Thank you one and all.
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On the Run:
There was much chat about last Sunday's excellent Reading Half Marathon which was well attended by Reading parkrunners both as participants and spectators. Some notable achievements included Mark's 1:15:04, Ian Giggs' 1:28:09 and Sheena Keates' 1:29:28. Well done also to Kerry Aylmer who ran around the course in fancy dress collecting cash for two charities he supports. I think most of us are still getting over the sight of the runner in the "mankini"...thankfully it wasn't Kerry.
Not forgetting those younger Reading parkrunners who took part in the Green Park Challenge, names I recognised from Reading parkrun included Shaun Hudson, Michael Lennon, Neve Hudson and six year old Rocco Hudson.
Not content with just doing this mornings 5K, Wendy Shaw, who ran the course in her Guide Dogs for the Blind doggy costume, decided to jog the 10 miles home to get used to the suit ahead of the Brighton and London Marathons next month. Wendy's page
In addition to their post run coffee, Linda Booth and Lorraine Bailey were scoffing energy bars and Lucozade Sport drinks. Upon futher enquiry they revealed that they were getting ready to go for a 23 mile training run. Lorraine and Linda are running the London Marathon also, and are raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association. Lorraine-Linda's page
In his 23rd appearance, Richard John ALLEN (VM40-44) won for the 2nd time in a personal best time of 18:08. Paul ROBERSON (SM35-39) representing Reading Roadrunners took second by 5 seconds recording 18:13. Ian GIGGS, (SM25-29) of Reading Roadrunners placed third in a time of 19:07.
In her 15th appearance, Liz HARTNEY (VW45-49) of Reading Roadrunners won in a time of 18:42 for the 14th time. Liz HARTNEY beat Sheena KEATES (SW30-34) representing Runnymede Runners by 63 seconds recording 19:45 in the process. Katie Louise HENDERSON, (SW25-29)placed third in a time of 20:26.
In today's Age Graded competition, Liz HARTNEY recorded a performance of 85.38%
In the points competition Christopher KELLY has a lead of 262 points over second placed David Lewy LEWIS. Rhiannon BAILEY leads Lois Emily MAXWELL by 120 in the ladies competition.
The male course record is held by Richard KINNERSLEY who ran 16:26 on 22/05/10, event #35. The female equivalent is held by Liz HARTNEY who ran 18:31 on 29/05/10, event #36.