Yates takes the tape in the latest Brough Park outing
THERE were a couple of new entrants toeing the line along with a good bunch of regulars, on a fine morning for a jog, walk or run in the latest Brough Park Couch to 5K event, with 15 personal best times.
Ian Yates led the mass from the front, increasing his early lead slightly on each lap to finally finish 26 seconds ahead of Isaac Elkington in 19.41; the leader ending just eight seconds from a PB and his chaser a dozen from his.
John Hurst tried his utmost to keep pace with the aforementioned but found himself dropping back. In doing so he drew along Dan Knowles who crossed the line 17 seconds behind in 22.09, reducing his record by half a dozen with James Lockett a minute adrift.
Jamie Carney returned to the 5K which he completed three dozen behind Carl Young in 24.36. Lee Murfin was the same amount in arrears, but secured a PB of 50 seconds in his second event.
There were a string of slower times that followed; Karl Birch’s 25.41 finish was over a score from his last time, double that amount ahead of John Lagan, who eased his way back after a couple of week’s absence. Susie Noble was 45 away from her best in 26.53, while Richard Dodd dropped back from his last time by 80 seconds.
Meanwhile, Dennis Amman recorded 26.42 in his first event and Paul Cope improved by a little less than a minute over his last outing time, after a recent injury set-back. Dave Welton followed in 30.09 as he chipped a couple of seconds from his last event time.
Karen Avery returned after a number of week’s absence to cross the line 40 from her PB in 32.19, while Sarah Garde was a minute from her last event, best time and half that in arrears.
Lisa Soutart continued along following an early incident to record an expected slower time, while V60 Alison Dodd reduced her best for the sixth time in a row to 32.55 - almost four minutes off from her inaugural event.
V40, Claire Yates’ 5.59 created another PB as she chopped 30 seconds off her previous week’s time, leading the Cook duo of Dexter (3) and father, Dan by 90 seconds and the Cope pair of Mara and Ellie (4) by another 70, as they almost equalled their best in the 800m.
Ned Cook (5) and mother, Ruth chose the next distance of 1.5K as their challenge, which they completed in just short of 12½ minutes and 40 seconds ahead of a quicker, solo run of Caiden Geens (5).
The Bailey trio competed differently; Bleu (5) completing the 1.5K in 9.22; while mother, Kirsten and brother, Oliver (11) upped their distance to the 3.6K, and their own battle; the youngster clocked 16.48 which was four dozen in front of an improving mother.
Dan Frewer once again headed the 3.6K distance with a 16.12 finish which almost matched his last attendance time; while father, Ian was almost a minute from his best in 20.40 after a five-week absence.
Harry Durber was over two score from his last event best in 16.59; while James Cope reduced his PB by 90 seconds to 19.20 with Isaac Spry chopping half that amount off his record a minute behind.
There was a reduction of well over five minutes from recent times for Heather Lyons to 25.59, following an unfettered run, with Sheila Allcock just a stride behind and a minute from her record.
Ten-year-old, Harvey Murfin raised his game to take part over this distance for the first time and recorded 32.41.
Buxton AC member, Kevin Mottram loosened up for a half marathon challenge and was only two dozen from his best time of 8.51 over the 2.2K.
Nine-year-old Lucas Rowley upped his distance and led Eden Pigott (8) to the line by four dozen seconds in 10.42, while Shane Yates (9) crossed the line just a stride ahead of William Dodd (6) in 12.08, with Harry Cope (6) being drawn along to reduce his three-month-old PB by two minutes, just another stride adrift.
Lucas Mcmullan (7) was below par for a change as he recorded just short of 13 minutes; with Alex Poulton’s time of 14.08 also slower, as he pulled away, late on, from Toby (10) and father, Lee who were a score from their best in 15.30.
Joseph Lockett was another who had a slower event to finish over three minutes from his record pace in 14.24, while Lucy Clowes was pulled along by daughter, Belle (8) to reduce her five-week-old best by four minutes to 14.52.
Younger daughter, Eve (6) reduced her best to 17.56; with Heidi Bettany-simmons and father Tim lowering their inaugural time by well over two minutes to 16.03.
Sarah Ashe and Bailey Dunn (12) were just five seconds adrift at the line from 16.51, as the former knocked two minutes off her first time to lead the latter in his inaugural event, while Joshua Eames (7) and Miley Brown (8) eased their way around to cross the line six and 20 seconds ahead.
Ben Geens (8) returned to this distance with a much slower 17.36 time.