Unusually for the club this event did not put the running as the first priority as we paid tribute to the team of volunteers who organise the run every week come hail or shine (but excluding winds of over 43mph) Everyone was delighted stand on the steps of Belton House to applaud Graham and Judith as they received their awards for being Volunteer of the Year 2017. It was good to be able to thank the National Trust locally for being so helpful towards the event.
|Chris saves his legs for X/C|
|Graham the photographer|
Despite having so many of the club member’s acting as marshals partly due to this being a busy weekend for racing we were still able to muster 31 runners with a combined experience of 1421 parkruns between them. On a very wet morning and after a bit of a delay to applaud our hosts it was never going to be a speedy affair especially for those in fancy dress.
Matthew Kingston Lee was first finisher and perhaps thankful there was no one there to push him as he had a duathlon the following morning. First lady was GRC’s Holly Durham who did well considering the number of dogs in close attendance. In terms of the club
championship fifth placed Rob Howbrook opened up his lead by 0.04% and 8th placed lady Sarah High was able to consolidate her second place in the table with a PB. The other PB was from Emma Harrington on her 5th parkrun. Looking at the quality GRC brought to the event across all ages they supplied four out the top five age graded finishers (6 out of the top 10). Our two first timers, Julie and Robert Braker, brought the total number of GRC runners at this event to 147.
|Judith, 60 times helping out|
The following runners took part but we are not including times as many were running as pacers or with family rather than running flat out. Matthew KINGSTON-LEE, Robert HOWBROOK, Matthew WILLIAMSON, Peter BONNER, Holly DURHAM, Christopher LIMMER, Mark HILLSON, Catherine PAYNE, Stuart READER, Hannah SAN JOSE, Russell MAKSYMIW, Kevin KETTLE, Robert MCARDLE, Paul DAVIS, Stuart BATY, Robert BRAKER, Craig DRURY, Sarah HIGH, Marc TREMAIN, Julie BRAKER, Nicola COTTAM, Sj WILLIS, Simon HARTLEY, Kirsty TRUESDALE, Rosalind SADLER, Vicky WILLAN, Brendon BUCKLEY, Claire FRITZ, Caroline DAVIS, Emma HARRINGTON, Hayley STAFF