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Elite ath­letes cause a stir by mak­ing a parkrun ap­pear­ance in Corn­wall

RUN­NERS at the Lan­hy­drock parkrun in sleepy Corn­wall hardly knew what hit them last week­end when a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional ath­letes de­scended on to the start line.

The small event, which takes place in a pic­turesque coun­try park just out­side Bod­min, at­tracts a field of about 160 but on Satur­day it was bol­stered by a dozen or so run­ners who work for Ath­let­ics Data – the sta­tis­tics com­pany that helps put to­gether in­for­ma­tion on the Power of 10 and RunBri­tain web­sites.

The team were en­joy­ing an au­tum­nal gather­ing in the West Coun­try and they in­cluded Meghan Beesley, the Euro­pean 400m hur­dles bronze medal­list from ear­lier this year in Ber­lin, among their num­ber.

Steve Way, the Bri­tish M40 marathon record-holder and third-placer in the Com­rades Marathon in South Africa in

June, also took part.

The first run­ner across the line, how­ever, was Ben Livesey, a 2:17 marathon man and hus­band of Hay­ley Livesey, who man­ages the RunBri­tain web­site. De­spite now be­ing an M40 run­ner, Livesey stormed away from Marc Smer­don, a lo­cal man and mul­ti­ple win­ner at Lan­hy­drock, to clock 17:33 on a no­to­ri­ously tough, hilly course.

Nurs­ing a hang­over and still build­ing back to fit­ness af­ter an in­jury in the sum­mer, Way fin­ished fifth be­fore go­ing on an eight-mile warm-down run with Livesey.

Beesley, mean­while, fin­ished 12th in 22:48 – a time prob­a­bly worth two to three min­utes quicker on a faster course.

Steve Way and Meghan Beesley (in­set) were part of the Ath­let­ics Datacrew which bol­stered the num­bers at the parkrun in Bod­min

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