parkrun, 30th September 2023

At its heart, parkrun is all about encouraging people to get out and exercise on a Saturday morning, whether you push yourself chasing your best times, or have a leisurely jog chatting with friends. There is no wrong approach. There was certainly a trend towards the former this week though, the air was thick with PB’s!

All the way over in Keswick, Aaron Mansell added more evidence that this is a very fast course by once again lowering his parkrun PB considerably. Cate Walker returned to her new local at Saltwell Park for a course PB, matched by both Mark Anderson at Jesmond Dene and Sophie Douglas at Whitley Bay.

The magic was clearly strongest at Leazes, with Holly Porter and Julie Cross both beating their best times at that event. Not only that, Julie was a mere 9 seconds shy of her nearly 10 year old parkrun PB, and finished as 3rd lady. Biggest plaudits however had to go to Izzy Neatrour, who smashed a full 45 seconds off her overall parkrun time, throwing in 2nd lady for good measure!

On the tourism front, Nina Jentl could be found up in the Scottish Highlands at Aviemore. Even further north, Charlotte Johnston reported in from Elgin, though is missing from the results, so she may have gone ‘off-grid’ without barcode. Rose Hawkswood was down in Birmingham, helping her mum complete the ‘Pirates’ challenge (7 C’s and an R) at the appropriately named Cannon Hill, while Ann Smith was galloping round the racecourse in York.

Back in the UK, Kimberley Metson equalled the 1st lady finish from her last parkrun, at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire.

33:49Nina Jentl
Belvoir Castle
22:57Kimberley Metson (1st Female)
Blyth Links
28:15Clare McKitterick
Cannon Hill
30:36Rose Hawkswood
Cottesloe, Australia
24:43Maria Dueñas
25:52Cate Walker (PB)
22:02Aaron Mansell (PB)
Rising Sun
19:46Luke O’Neill
South Shields
21:35Simon Lowe
31:15Ann Smith
Whitley Bay
22:20Nicki O’Brien
24:16Sophie Douglas (PB)
Jesmond Dene
18:53Mark Anderson (PB)
27:03Luke Woodend
32:15Ken McCormick
20:58Izzy Neatrour (2nd Female, PB)
22:47Julie Cross (3rd Female, PB)
22:55Mungai Wairia
24:58Alex Harding
25:24Holly Porter (PB)
Town Moor
24:36Brian Hegarty
25:08Rachel Hurdman
25:37José Gallego Parilla
32:48Shilpa Iyanna
32:51Joyce Zhao
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