parkrun (and C25K graduation), 12th March 2022

It was a special day at Leazes parkrun as it marked the graduation ceremony for the 5 ladies who have completed the inaugural Claremont Road Runners’ Couch to 5K course. All 5 – Kim, Elaine, Sarah, Lois and Elizabeth – have worked incredibly hard since first venturing out with us on a cold, dark, miserable night in January. They have made great progress and today completed the 9 week programme by running the 5K at Leazes Park. I am sure that you will all agree that this is not the easiest parkrun in the region, having a fair climb on each of the 3 laps.

There was an excellent turnout of Claremonters to make sure they did it offer encouragement and support. I would like to thank them all on behalf of the lasses – I think the support of the club helped them all to exceed their expectations. Afterwards there was a celebratory coffee and presentation of certificates at Central Bean.

Sarah Kerr, Maria Duenas, Lucas de Rosa and Ay Okpokam also had reason to celebrate at Leazes – Sarah finishing as 1st lady with Maria, Lucas and Ay getting PBs.

Elsewhere, there was a PB for Laurie Johnson on the Town Moor and it is great to see Dave Wotton running again after a long lay off with injury. Dave made his parkrun return as a “tourist” at Chester.

20:08Sarah Kerr (1st female)
21:24Ben Hardy
21:30Lucas de Rosa (PB)
22:08Maria Duenas (PB)
23:09Mungai Wairia
23:32David Lydall
23:48Fred Besse
24:07Liz Denyer
24:12Julie Cross
24:25Serpil Bulut
24:41Clare McKitterick
24:56Alan Dunning
25:16Brian Hegarty
27:09Martin Jobling
29:30Ay Okpokam
33:54Sarah Collins (Couch to 5K)
33:54Tom Tinsley
33:55Lena Lou
37:05Lois Blaylock (Couch to 5K)
37:05Nina Jensen
40:08Kim Collings (Couch to 5K)
40:08Mary Martin
40:09Tara Hipwood
40:25Elizabeth O’Mahony (Couch to 5K)
40:26Alice Vialard
40:26Alex Harding
46:58Elaine Wharton (Couch to 5K)
46:59Gill Milne
Town Moor
21:26Laurie Johnson (PB)
Jesmond Dene
22:48Kris Axon
25:39Luke Woodend
26:18Maddie Day
19:41Paul Robinson
Prudhoe Riverside
21:25Roberto Marzo
21:51Chris Jones
26:44Nina Jentl
South Shields
24:54Richard Slack
27:36Marie Slack
33:59Dave Wotton

There are lots of photos – some very similar and some may be even be duplicates, but they can be sorted later! Thanks to all the photographers.

Tom Tinsley -