parkrun, 28th October 2023

There was a welcome interlude from the seemingly incessant wet weather for this Saturday morning’s parkruns in the North East, and a number of Claremonters took advantage to post some good times.

There was something in the air on the North Tyneside coast, with 4 out of 5 sky blues getting course PBs – Anton Mirafsari, Aaron Mansell and Gill Milne at Blyth and Julie Cross at Whitley Bay. Sorry to let the side down, I must try harder next time (though I don’t think I could have run much faster!). For Aaron, this was his 5K PB too, running sub-22 for the first time, while Gill recorded her fastest time of the year. Thankfully the tide was out at 9am for the Whitley Bay runners as I can confirm that it was lashing the promenade later that afternoon.

Further afield, Niamh Garratt also smashed her 5K PB by almost 3 minutes, with an excellent run at Margate. Isabel Neatrour headed in the opposite direction to Scotland, where she was 1st female at Dunbar.

Aoife Monaghan and Jack Shawcross chose to tackle the hills of Whinlatter Forest in the Lake District – I know how tough that one is!

We had two centurions this weekend too. Chris Jones got 100-up and finished 4th in an admittedly small field at Windy Nook. Maria Duenas had somewhat better weather for her 100th at her new home run of Cottesloe in Perth, Australia, which was also marking its 400th event. Cue photos eating cake by the beach with beautiful blue skies – I’m not at all jealous, Maria, honest!

Still in Australia, but back on the east coast in Sydney, Elizabeth O’Mahony ran at the wonderfully named Doll’s Point in Botany Bay, to complete a wonderfully diverse weekend of Claremont parkrunning.

Town Moor
25:05David Devennie
25:51Tara Hipwood
Whitley Bay
22:57Julie Cross (PB)
22:13Heather Steel
26:13Cate Walker
Windy Nook
23:14Chris Jones (100th parkrun)
27:26Niamh Garratt (5K PB)
Rising Sun
19:06Mark Anderson
26:00Lynne Cornell
Cottesloe, Perth, Australia
25:01Maria Duenas (100 parkruns)
Doll’s Point, Sydney, Australia
34:13Elizabeth O’Mahony
Lochend Woods, Dunbar
22:41Isabel Neatrour (1st female)
Blyth Links
19:09Anton Mirafsari (PB)
20:16Tom Tinsley
21:52Aaron Mansell (PB)
27:58Gill Milne (PB)
Herrington Country
26:01Holly Porter
33:06Ann Smith
19:43Luke O’Neill (PB)
20:0Jason Tipples
21:52Dave Roberts
22:35Mungai Wairia
23:37David Lydall
29:31Sam Dunn
32:37Shilpa Iyanna
32:29Yue Zhao
Jesmond Dene
26:32Lucy Keating
28:06Luke Woodend
Denton Dene
25:28Brian Hegarty
25:39Clare McKitterick
Whinlatter Forest
22:25Jack Shawcross
34:35Aoife Monaghan
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