The hottest parkrun day of the year so far drew lots of people to Ashton Court; although a few notable absences due to our international representation in Copenhagen this week.
Even at 8.20, when the first volunteers were setting up, the temperature was already a bit on the sticky side, and as 9.00 rolled around, the heat didn’t let up. One runner noticed that a lot of people slowed down once in the trees – presumably to savour the shade. I nodded along and agreed that this was definitely the reason I found myself being overtaken there. Definitely nothing to do with being exhausted.
Fresh from his place within the top-50 at the Bristol 10K (forty-fourth to be precise) Jarlath McKenna led the Ashton Court parkrunners home with a PB of 17:05 – his first PB of 2014 on the hill. Alexander Whittaker came in third – also with a PB of over half a minute. Richard Lowe and Simon Smith also came in under 20 minutes, to give the club a 40% stake-hold of the top ten places.
The ladies also had the majority share of the podium (yes, I know it’s a run not a race!) with Jane Colman coming in second and Becky Colquhoun in third, shaving another 18 seconds off her previous best. Megan Williams also achieved a PB this week at Ashton Court.
Internationally, six Bristol and Westers had a go at Amager Strandpark parkrun in Copenhagen. Alan Wilcox managed a top 10 position in eighth with a time of 19:45; 7 seconds away from an all time parkrun PB, but it was the day before he ran a marathon, so I think we can forgive him. Great results also for Jacob Butterly who ran an excellent 21:45 to give him second in his age category and Roger Brocklesby, who ran his fastest time of 2014 so far. Sheila, Andy and Rich also deserve kudos for adding an international badge to their parkrun portfolio!
Not quite Copenhagen but Steve Swan broke 18 minutes for the first time as he flew the club flag in Malahide parkrun in Dublin with a 17:52 clocking.
Closer to home, Bristol and West took both first female and first male finisher at Little Stoke AND at Pomphrey Hill – all four achieving PBs! Becky James and Matthew Krelle led the field home at Little Stoke, whilst Maciej Bialogonski and Amelia Hicks took on Pomphrey Hill. PBs were also achieved by Damien Lote and Angharad Evans. Karen Watson’s son Gregory entered the 50 club with his performance at Little Stoke today.
A full-list of all fifty-seven Bristol & West runners active in parkrun this week can be found at:
Thanks to your parkrun reporter Lizzi Elton-Waters