In Memory of Morgan.

 
 

Morgan Quinn
28th September 1961 - 10th February 2020

 

 

Morgan at Riddlesdown

 
I can remember the time and place I met Morgan. It was approximately 9.35am on 4th July 2009, on the finish line at Banstead Woods parkrun, when he handed me a round metal disc with a number on it, and said “Well done.” That was my first ever parkrun, and Morgan was the finish tokens volunteer. After that, Morgan was a regular part of my Saturday mornings, as he was part of BWp’s core-team, and we were regularly volunteering together.

Almost exactly two years after that first meeting, Riddlesdown parkrun began – in July 2011 – Morgan & Kaye were two thirds of the founding core-team. Of the three of us, Morgan was definitely the quietest, but he was often the voice of reason, and looking back, without his rocklike stability, Riddlesdown might not have gotten through the first six months.

Morgan volunteered on 143 occasions at Riddlesdown, and the vast majority of those occasions fell within the first three years, which is a huge achievement. His volunteer total of 222 occasions is also impressive.
Morgan didn’t like doing pre-run announcements – but he did them, on 14 occasions. His starring role, however, was that of Timekeeper - a task feared by many - which he fulfilled 110 times.
He also ran – 15 parkruns in total, 7 of those at Riddlesdown, and whilst he always looked as if he was enjoying himself, he also swore blind that he was never running again every time!

At Riddlesdown parkrun’s third anniversary, we presented collages of photographs to all those who had run or volunteered 100 times at Riddlesdown – Morgan was one of only 4 people to receive the latter. He was also presented with the ‘Skylark Award for Courage and Dedication above and beyond the Call of Duty’ in recognition of the fact that he had done 20+ of that year’s volunteering stints on crutches, following a fall and a broken leg whilst on holiday.

Morgan was a really special man – I’ve spent a lot of time in the last 10 days looking at photos and thinking about those early days at Riddlesdown. He was generous with his time and his compassion. Always willing to help out others – he regularly ended up with numerous children in his care whilst their parents were running, and there are photos of him looking a little like the Pied Piper.
He had a quietly wicked sense of humour – which would often result in me spluttering uncontrollably at inappropriate moments whilst he smiled angelically nearby – and he was amazingly loyal.

The last time we saw Morgan at Riddlesdown was on 13th April 2019, at Kaye’s 500th parkrun. His health wasn’t great, but he asked for a marshalling role, which he fulfilled, and he was overwhelmingly grateful for the fuss we’d made for Kaye that day. If I’d known then then what I know now I’d have made a huge fuss of him too.

Morgan didn’t grab attention, but he made life happier for those around him, and we are all better for having known him.

He will be missed.

 

Nicki Clark
Event Director
Riddlesdown parkrun

 

Morgan Quinn

 
 

Morgan Quinn

 

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It is with great personal sadness that I share this
 
 
Morgan Quinn, co-founder of Riddlesdown parkrun, died peacefully last night after a long illness.
Rest in peace, Morgan, you will be much missed.
 
 
I’m sure that I speak for all the team at Riddlesdown in saying that our hearts and out thoughts are with Kaye, and the rest of Morgan’s family.
 
 
 

Nicki Clark
Event Director, RIddlesdown parkrun

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 18th January 2020 – Event 466

 

 

This will be my eternal punishment

Report by Pippa White
Photos by Simon Fisher (To view the complete set in Flickr, click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157712722612327)
 

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This parkrunday I was determined to have fun, a week off from volunteering and writing… a morning just enjoyed. Not only has this week been about as stressful as possible mentally, I’m returning from injury (cracked sacrum) and today’s conditions underfoot were just about the worst possible conditions for me to run in. Icy, muddy, uncertain camber, puddles… and it didn’t take much for me to join Nicki Clark, parkrun’s most volunteery volunteer at the tail and a virtuous walk. Was this an eternal punishment? No… a regular joy.
For those that like to know, park in the school, the postcode works superbly. Big sign visible from the road. Waterproof knee length shoes (but not wellies) with cross country spikes would have been sensible. Mud is going to go everywhere so bring changes of clothes, socks, shoes, hats etc.
 

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The weather from about 50cm above ground was lovely, and parkrun’s slightly lesser vaunted mental health benefits were my biggest reward of the morning. By the end of the 5k my head was clearer than it’s been in months; I’d chatted parkrun, kids, spun tall stories, listened, responded, had micro conversations with marshals. Nothing has changed materially in what I have to deal with but I’ve changed and found strength in the mud and ice topped puddles. Thanks to a tiny stretch out at the end we ended in just under the hour with a half flourish finish or a flour finish. And a flour finish means flour based products afterwards! If your parkrun felt hard, the finish less than you would want, you now know what to do – eat cake or a sandwich at the café looking over the playpark.
 

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To the numbers
Just 7 people completed their first official parkrun today – welcome to you all and do come and try to improve on your time next time. Just two people came back for a second Riddlesdown run and both improved. Well done!
For official club recognition, Mike GARVIN completed run 50 today and will soon be getting a red tshirt. Lily BEY has just joined the most exclusive parkrun club – junior 10 club. Lily, wear that white tshirt with pride and joy and whenever there are adults around who found parkrun over the age of 18.
Other numbers are in the results – as it’s run 466, shout outs to runner #4 James PHILPOT and runner #66 Sara CROUCH for being the pair who completed the run number. No one has yet run the year at Riddlesdown so far, but Liam HATCHER came closer with 20:18…surely someone can chase down a nice 20:20 result. On the subject of nice numbers in the results, Mark ELLISON is charged to enjoy a soft ice cream with a flake before his next parkrun – surely the best way to celebrate almost reaching a milestone. Next week with cake for 100?
Another particularly important number was 24 awesome volunteers, many of whom were waiting patiently to cheer the final completers in. Thankyou to all. Hopefully you found joy in a dry (above 50cm from the ground) parkrun and clear blue skies… eternal happiness? Apparently according to the research last year.
 

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parkrun complete there was the packing up and the trolley transporting to the hurdles shed. The perennial problem for all parkruns is finding a dry place to stow the kit and a way to transport the kit to that place. I was introduced to the trolley cast off by the school and limping politely on with the care of the core team. And Barrie, helping reverse the trolley into the shed was heard to utter the fateful words “This will be my eternal punishment”. Barrie, thank you for your help, another phrase to add to my stash of brilliant sayings heard at parkrun, your cheerful marshalling as I walked around and for tucking parkrun up for the week.
 

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Report by Pippa White from Queen Elizabeth parkrun

 

 

Christmas & New Years Day parkruns at Riddlesdown

 

 

Special Festive Events - Christmas Day and New Year's Day at Riddlesdown parkrun

 

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We are delighted to announce that there will be 2 extra parkruns over the festive season at Riddlesdown parkrun - one on Christmas Day, one on New Year's Day
 

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Both Events will be at 9am, and will be VERY prompt indeed (especially the NYD Event)
 

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As most of you will know, NYD is the only day of the year that you can run 2 parkruns in one day and have both results count - Squerryes Winery parkrun are running their NYD event at 10.30, and our very own Andrew Sharp is RD for the occasion - a number of us will be heading over there for the second run of the morning, and there will doubtless be other local options
 

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Both of these events are subject to us having sufficient volunteers, and we hope to see some highly festive costumes.
 

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Lots of Festive Love.
 

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Nicki Clark
Event Director
 

In Memory of Julie McDonald

 

In Memory of Julie McDonald

 

Julie ran her first parkrun at Riddlesdown during our first summer, in August 2011, and she ran regularly for 2 years, until a diagnosis of and treatment for breast cancer made running impossible. Nothing if not determined, Julie returned to us in June of 2017, and once again parkran regularly, clocking up a total of 104 runs at Riddlesdown – 124 in total. Julie was justifiably proud of her black 100 tee, and I can remember her determination out on the course – a run-walker after she returned in 2017, but always striving to run more than she walked, and being absolutely delighted when she ran the entire path from Barrie’s bend to the finishing field.
 

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Julie ran her last parkrun on 27th April 2019 – I was behind her on the path through the woods on that Saturday, and although I didn’t catch her, I noticed that she seemed to be weaving about a bit, and at the end she said that she wasn’t feeling too well. Doctor’s appointments followed, and although she wasn’t feeling up to running, Julie volunteered, marshalling at the picnic bench when she told me that she had a scan booked, and the word ‘cancer’ entered the conversation.
Julie always saw parkrun as more than just a form of exercise, and she volunteered on 45 occasions, most notably as a tailwalker with her tiny (but fierce) little dog, Perry, and her good friend Jill Edwards. Julie volunteered for the 5 weeks after her diagnosis, but was then just too ill for a while. However, in September I had a text message asking if she could volunteer as a barcode scanning, so that she wouldn’t have to walk too far but could still come and help. And she did – sat down, but smiling, and enjoying herself.
The final text message I received from Julie was absolutely typical of her – she told me how much she had enjoyed her parkrun time, both as a runner and a volunteer, and asked us to take care of Jill, because she was worried about her friend.
Julie died on 7th November.
 

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She was a remarkable woman, a generous and caring human being, and an genuinely lovely lady.
Event 455 was dedicated to her memory.

Nicki Clark
Event Director

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 2nd November 2019 – Event 453

The One with the Lowest Attendance of the Year

Report by Andrew Bull

Rugby and the weather conspired together so there were only 92 finishers – the lowest of 2019 and the second lowest since January 2017.

So very often the weather is kind to parkrunners on a Saturday morning but not today. Sunny at 8am. Fine and dry although windy at 9am. Then within 2 minutes of the start very strong winds and heavy rain. This combined with the puddles and mud meant it was the worst parkrunning conditions for a long time.

The bad weather, combined with firework events, meant there were over 90 UK cancellations, many having to be cancelled on Saturday morning. Not at Riddlesdown though – 453 events – zero cancellations.

Susan Rogers was Run Director, so a huge vote of thanks to her and her mightily soaking wet band of 26 volunteers. Volunteers make parkrun happen so please volunteer for the next few weeks. Lots of spaces on the roster to be filled. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com REMEMBER - NO volunteers means NO parkrun.

Today there were 92 finishers. 13 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 4 were doing their first ever parkrun. Hope they are not put off for life. Well done and will be great to see you all again. There were also 5 personal bests including first finisher Hugh Lindsay. There were 8 ‘unknown’ this week, perhaps, partly because of scanning problems in the wet.
REMEMBER – Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Milestones
Genevieve Henkins earns the red t-shirt on her 50th parkrun. She first ran on 26th May 2018, so has only taken 17 months. Apart from a run at Eden Project all have been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered 16 times. Well done Genevieve.

Neve Horn earns the red t-shirt on her 50th parkrun. She first ran on 23rd April 2016 and everyone has been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered once. Well done Neve.

Mark Ingram earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on 15th September 2018, so has taken under 14 months and 43 have been at Riddlesdown. He has also volunteered twice. Well done Mark.

Megan Siobhan Hammond earns the red t-shirt on her 50th parkrun. She first ran on 19th May 2012, mostly at Lloyd park, and has now run at 20 locations. Well done Megan.

Lara Patrick earns the white t-shirt on her 10th parkrun. She first ran on 27th June 2015, so has taken some time but has recently run most weeks. Well done Lara.

Kevin Burnett – 500th parkrun
Kevin becomes only the 86th person to complete 500 parkruns. Some of you will know him as he used to be a Riddledown regular having run 133 times here, but hasn’t done so for over 2 years, but still runs around the South London area. Great achievement Kevin.

First Male Finishers
1. Hugh LINDSAY – 18:44 (PB)
2. Martin FILER – 18:52
3. Nick MARSHALL – 19:32

First Female Finishers
1. Nicola ARCHER – 21:44
2. Juliet CLEGHORN – 22:08
3. Selena WONG – 24:14

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown event 454, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 12th October 2019 – Event 450

THE ONE WHERE THE WEATHER WAS MUCH KINDER THAN THE FORECAST

Report by Andrew Bull

This weekend was Riddlesdown's 450th parkrun. It first took place on 2nd July 2011 and still has never been cancelled.

Of course, last week parkrun nationally celebrated 15 years. Yes, we know it all started with 13 runners in a park near Kingston but it is still amazing that it has now grown to over 1600 events in 21 countries with up to 300,000 participants and 30,000 volunteers…

It was yet another wet and windy Friday night, with storms forecast for Saturday. On Saturday morning however, the rain had cleared, and we were blessed with a dry and relatively fine morning. There was standing water and mud of course, but we’re used to that at Riddlesdown.

Today’s Run Director was Helen Peters, supported by a mighty band of 28 volunteers, thanks to everyone. The volunteer roster for the next two weeks looking good but lots of spaces beyond that, so please try to volunteer well in advance so the RDs can plan well ahead. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com REMEMBER - NO volunteers means NO parkrun.

Today there were 147 finishers. 23 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 7 were doing their first ever parkrun – well done and hope to see you all again. There were also 11 personal bests and there were 7 ‘unknown athletes’ this week.
REMEMBER – Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Milestones
Susanna Macdonald earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 4th February 2017, mostly running at Woking, but in recent times has become a parkrun tourist including running in France and Ireland. Well done Susanna.

First Male Finishers
1. Tom PARR – 18:15 (Interestingly Tom has not done a parkrun run since 26/3/16 where he was also first finisher at Riddlesdown in
a time just 2 seconds faster than today.)
2. Darren EKINS – 18:30
3. Malachi MESSETTE – 18:58

First Female Finishers
1. Nicola ARCHER – 20:19
2. Ciara FLOOD – 23:01
3. Gemma SANDERS – 24:18

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown event 451, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 14th September 2019 – Event 446

The One Where Conor Was RD for the First Time

Report by Andrew Bull

The early autumn fine weather continued this week. Hard dry paths and fine sunshine. What a great day to be parkrunning!

Today’s Run Director was Conor O’Shea. He was brilliantly supported by 27 magnificent volunteers. Huge thanks you to every one of you. The volunteers are essential to the success of parkrun. The roster is looking a bit thin for coming weeks so if you can assist please volunteer well in advance so the RD can plan ahead. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com if you can volunteer.

Conor is part of the Core Team at Riddlesdown parkrun, and today was his first time in charge as Run Director. He first started volunteering in 2012 for his Duke of Edinburgh award whilst at Warlingham School. He has now volunteered a massive 285 times! He also started running in 2012 and has now done 79 runs, 78 at Riddlesdown. Sadly, Conor had serious health issues which led to a liver transplant in December 2018. Thankfully he made a swift recovery and was soon at Riddlesdown where he is still volunteering most weeks. He will be having further surgery soon and we all pray that it goes well, Conor.

The good weather meant there were 227 finishers, 20 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 14 were doing their first ever parkrun, the highest number for many weeks. Well done and hope to see you all again. There were a massive 46 personal bests – that’s one in every five finishers! That includes Event Director Nicki.

There were also a huge 13 ‘unknown athletes’ this week. New parkrunners please try to register before your first run. It is certainly not compulsory but means all that effort of getting up early then running 5K is officially recorded. It only takes a few minutes to register, just go to www.parkrun.org.uk/register .
Remember - Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Official Milestones
Stephanie Upton earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 23rd May 2009 when Banstead Woods was the 3rd parkrun. 72 of her runs have been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered 62 times. Well done Steph.

Matt Sparkes earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on 19th August
2017 and all of his runs have been at Riddlesdown. Well done Matt.

Unofficial Milestones
Katy Hubbard runs her 150th parkrun. She first ran on 25th January 2014, and 139 runs have been at Riddlesdown, and she has run in Italy and South Africa. She has also volunteered 63 times and is part of Riddlesdown’s Core Team of volunteers. Well done Katy.

Gill Hallson runs her 200th parkrun. She first ran on 21st January 2012, and 166 runs have been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered 86 times. Well done Gill.

Stat of the Week
On this weekend there were over 300,000 parkrunners worldwide – the highest worldwide attendance since Easter weekend in April.

First Male Finishers
1. Hugo HEWITT – 16:14
2. Patrick Canavan – 16:47
3. Alastair Falconer – 17:29

First Female Finishers
1. Nicola Archer – 20:58
2. Ange Norris – 21:11
3. Stephanie Upton – 21:39

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown event 447, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 17th August 2019 – Event 442

 

 

The One Where The Report Writer’s Mum Did Her 100th parkrun

Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Stephen Kennedy (to see the whole set in Flickr, click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157710375550371)
 

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What is it about the weather on Friday nights? Yet again we had heavy rain overnight, leaving standing water and mud. But at least the rain had gone, and the sun was out.
 

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Run Director was Helen Peters and Helen was brilliantly supported by 26 able volunteers.
 

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Huge thanks you to every one of you. The volunteers are essential to the success of parkrun. The roster is looking good for next week but many vacancies for later weeks. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com if you can assist, or sign up on the future roster which will be on the table where barcodes are scanned!
 

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The overnight rain meant numbers were slightly down, with 186 finishers, 14 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 6 were doing their first ever parkrun. Well done and hope to see you all again. Given the conditions there were also an impressive 22 personal bests.
 

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There were also 10 ‘unknown’ this week. New parkrunners please try to register before your first run. It is certainly not compulsory but means all that effort of getting up early then running 5K is officially recorded. It only takes a few minutes to register, just go to www.parkrun.org.uk/register.
Remember - #DFYB. No barcode, no result, no exceptions.
 

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Milestones
Christine Bull, yes, my Mum, earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 18th March 2017, so has only taken 2 years 5 months to achieve. 42 of her runs have been at Riddlesdown and she has run at 49 different parkrun locations.
 

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She’s been saying she is going to retire at 100, but I’m sure she’s only joking! Well done Christine.

Margaret Massette earns the black t-shirt on her 100th parkrun. She first ran on 10th September 2016, all 100 runs have been at Riddlesdown, that’s dedication. Well done Margaret.
 

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Unofficial Milestone
Ian Miller runs his 150th parkrun. He first ran on 15th November 2014, and 143 runs have been at Riddlesdown, and he has twice run in Australia.
 

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He has also volunteered 33 times. Well done Ian.

Barrie’s Bend
As well as being the furthest point from the registration area on the Riddlesdown parkrun route, Barrie’s Bend is now also a major meeting point for residents and visitors. This week Barrie appears to be hosting the local kennel club!
 

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First Male Finishers
 

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1. Dylan WYMER – 17:08
2. Michael DAVIS 19:08
3. Paul BAILLIE – 19:38

First Female Finishers
 

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1. Daisy May COLLINGRIDGE – 20:45
2. Rowena FRANCIS – 20:51
3. Laura MANNING – 21:02

Next Saturday for Riddlesdown parkrun Event 443, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.
 

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Report by Andrew Bull

 

 

Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 3rd August 2019 – Event 440

 

 

The One Where the Mud had Gone and the Sun Was Out.

Report by Andrew Bull
Photos by Simon Fisher (to view the whole album in Flickr, click on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157710085471636)
 

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After two wet and miserable Saturday mornings there was a dramatic change in the weather with a hot sun and all those puddles had dried up. What a difference a week can make.
 

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Today’s Run Director was Susan Rogers and it was very nice to notice that there was near silence as she did the pre-run briefing. It is important that everyone is quiet and listening as it is an essential part of parkrun, so please be respectful, even if you have heard it many times before.
 

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Susan was majestically supported by 28 noble volunteers. Brilliantly done every one of you.
 

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The volunteer roster for August is looking fairly healthy but has spaces to be filled, particularly on 17th August. To view the roster and see where the gaps are, click here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/riddlesdown/futureroster/ Please remember without volunteers parkrun would not exist. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com if you can assist.
 

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The hot weather saw an increase in numbers, and there were 231 finishers, 33 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 15 were doing their first ever parkrun. Well done and hope to see you all again. Given the conditions there were also an impressive 39 personal bests.
 

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There were also 5 ‘unknown athletes’ this week.
Remember - Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB
 
Milestones
Alexander Preston earns his white t-shirt on his 10th parkrun. He first ran on 22nd July 2017, all his runs have been at Riddlesdown. Of his 10 runs, 6 have been PBs including today. Well done Alexander.

Katie Innes earns her white t-shirt on her 10th parkrun. She first ran on 30th March this year, all her runs have been at Riddlesdown. Of her 10 runs, 3 have been PBs including today. Well done Katie.
 
First Male Finishers
 

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1. Hugo HEWITT – 16:50
2. Joe PRICHARD – 17:43
3. Patrick CANAVAN – 17:53
 
First Female Finishers
 

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1. Nicola ARCHER – 19:48
2. Juliet CLEGHORN – 20:15
3. Natalie GENTRY – 21:18
 
Next Saturday will be event 441 at Riddlesdown, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.
 

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Report by Andrew Bull

 

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