Includes English Schools Combined Events and Race Walks Champs, Admiral Swansea Bay 10km, World Mountain Running Champs in Andorra and Simplyhealth Great East Run
THE parkrun juggernaut continues to roll. Last weekend I jogged round my 200th and noted in recent weeks that around 140,000 participate each week, while around 8000 firsttimers sign up each week and 25,000 set PBs.
I know it’s not a race – we occasionally print fastest first finishers and best age-graded runs – but many people compete as hard as they can.
However, one area where I disagree with the parkrun principle is they allow dogs to pull runners. Apart from the safety issue, it does mean runners get artificial times and positions. Last weekend at Leamington Ben Robinson, a sub-15 track runner, got dragged to a sub-13 (12:58) and the women’s winner, a W45, did 17:16 and were removed from our results.
Should dog owners have their own races or should they just be listed at the bottom of the results?
Talking of artificial times, it was notable that some regard Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon world record with suspicion due to the large number of Kenyan dopers caught in recent years.
Time will tell but Kipchoge – easily the world’s greatest ever marathoner – has been super consistent for 15 years and the time was on the cards based on his artificial Monza run. At least he wasn’t pulled by a dog.