BEESLEY AND WAY CAUSE PARKRUN STIR DURING ATHLETICS DATA GATHERING
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