NS Poly GP, 5th December 2023

After a weekend that saw parkrun in the north east all but wiped out by snow, and a Monday of non-stop rain, we had… surprisingly good conditions for running this Tuesday. Nippy, but dry, with little wind.

We had our second best turnout of the season so far, with only 2 Claremont runners absent. From a field of 182, Dave Roberts crossed the line in a brilliant 3rd place, the highest finish by a light blue this season, with Kat Truong not far behind in 7th. No doubt the handicappers will be out to take them down a peg in the new year.

The fastest runner on the night took another 3 seconds off his own course record, but many Claremonters also put in strong performances, not least Izzy Neatrour, finishing as 3rd fastest woman.

Izzy’s impressive teammates (providing 5 of Claremont’s 10 highest finishers) added to her efforts, The 3rd Wheelers swapping places with Rock’s Stars (3rd) to sit at the top of the table after four events! Not to be left out, The Full Claremonty climbed two places to 7th, leaving all three of our teams in healthy positions as 2023 draws to a close.

In the individual table, it was about 50/50 for our runners either climbing or dropping. Kimberley Metson retains her top 10 status, despite dropping from 2nd to 7th. She has however been leapfrogged by Holly Porter, three consecutive top 20 finishes propelling her into 4th place. Dave’s podium finish this month sees him as the highest climber, improving a massive 75 places.

Several of us headed off afterwards to the familiar warmth of the Toby Carvery, for some well-earned indulgence. Thanks once again to Gill for the raucous, rattling support!

Position RunnerTeamRace Time Actual Time
3Dave Roberts The Full Claremonty 38:4223:52
7Kat TruongThe 3rd Wheelers39:2629:16
16Anneliza AndreadiThe Full Claremonty 40:1529:45
20Holly Porter The 3rd Wheelers40:1924:29
28Alexia O’RourkeThe 3rd Wheelers40:3732:47
31Aaron Mansell The 3rd Wheelers40:4324:33
41Izzy Neatrour The 3rd Wheelers40:5322:23
53Luke Woodend Rock’s Stars 41:0129:51
67 Nina Jensen Rock’s Stars 41:1226:22
85Julie Cross The Full Claremonty41:2325:13
95Roberto Marzo The 3rd Wheelers41:2720:57
99Alex Harding The 3rd Wheelers41:2925:19
106Mark Anderson Rock’s Stars 41:3320:33
109Nicki O’Brien The Full Claremonty 41:3524:25
135Tom Tinsley The Full Claremonty 41:5022:40
137Kimberley Metson Rock’s Stars 41:5123:01
142Laurie Johnson Rock’s Stars 41:5621:06
149Rachel Hurdman Rock’s Stars 42:0328:13
153Tara Hipwood The Full Claremonty 42:0728:37
158Jack Shawcross Rock’s Stars 42:1119:41
167Paul Robinson Rock’s Stars 42:2522:35
179Lena LouThe Full Claremonty43:3639:46
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