Run­ners greeted by good weather for park out­ing

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THERE was yet an­other fan­tas­tic morn­ing for the lat­est Brough Park Couch to 5K event with v80, club mem­ber, Bryan Vi­grass pre­sent­ing young­sters, Al­fie (10) and George Bower (13) with tro­phies for their 25th at­ten­dance

The el­der went on to fin­ish the 3.6K five min­utes ahead of his brother, who paced mother, Cathy along to re­duce her best by over 40 sec­onds in 29.42; while fa­ther, Chris im­proved in his last event time by three min­utes to fin­ish the 5K in 34.14.

De­spite more than 20 club mem­bers opt­ing to take part in the Cheddleton Pud­ding Run later in the day, the over­all field wasn’t de­pleted by that many, due to the re­turn of a few, ad­di­tional new­bies and four visi­tors.

Ian Yates re­turned and found it hard to lead from the front with no im­me­di­ate chal­lengers. How­ever, he crossed the line in 20.28, al­most a minute from his best.

The next fin­isher in the 5K was 14-year-old Ethan Ol­lier who was also around the same mar­gin from his long-stand­ing best in 24.13, af­ter a lay-off from this dis­tance of over ten weeks; how­ever he did over­take sev­eral oth­ers dur­ing the three laps be­fore finishing strongly.

New en­trant Chris Wal­ton was 30 sec­onds adrift and was fol­lowed a dozen later by Claire Law­ley who was just 10 sec­onds from her PB, forg­ing around four min­utes faster than her last out­ing.

Once again Karl Birch’s reg­u­lar pace found him adrift from oth­ers as he matched a re­cent time of 26.04, un­for­tu­nately, drop­ping back over that mile­stone once again.

Twelve-year-old James Cope pushed hard to gain a PB of 150 sec­onds in 27.28 and two min­utes ahead of Dave Whel­ton who pulled away from his early pace­maker Jan Per­ci­val to gain a PB of a dozen sec­onds, while the lat­ter im­proved on her previous week’s out­ing by a sim­i­lar amount and the same in ar­rears.

V60 Ali­son Dodd re­duced her last event PB by 10 sec­onds to 32.18, as she also over­took sev­eral dur­ing the last lap, while teenager Harry Durber fin­ished 14 sec­onds be­hind and dou­ble that ahead of run­part­ner, Alex Poul­ton.

Tim Bet­tany-sim­mons upped his dis­tance and headed the 3.6K in a time of 20.44; fol­lowed 90 sec­onds later by Mike Turner who im­proved his previous time, with Oliver Law­ley (10) just a stride be­hind and a dozen away from his last event best.

Twelve-year-old, Isaac Spry set a new PB by 90 sec­onds and is down to 23.22, he was a sim­i­lar time-dis­tance ahead of Heather Lyons who chopped 30 sec­onds from her best.

Twins Jessica and Oliver Grimes (4) cov­ered dif­fer­ent dis­tances with dif­fer­ent guides; Jessica chose the 800m and even­tu­ally sprinted ahead of fa­ther, John to gain a six sec­ond lead in 6.19 and a PB of 21 sec­onds, fol­lowed by visi­tors, Dom Gib­son and daugh­ter, Ni­amh (3) in a joint 7.12 fin­ish; while the lat­ter’s brother Larnie (5) con­tin­ued on to fin­ish the 1.5K along­side of the for­mer’s sis­ter, Danielle Latham in 14.14; the lat­ter pair were a stride be­hind an im­proved event for Kiera (11) and fa­ther, Jamie Car­ney.

Mean­while, Oliver went on­wards with mother, Gina to fin­ish the 2.2K and recorded a joint 18.11 time, just be­hind friend, Reuben Latham (4) and a hand­ful af­ter el­der brother, Jack (7).

Kelly Wool­ley man­aged to catch up with son, Archie (4) who was well ahead mid­way through the 1.5K, to fin­ish al­most to­gether with PBS of over a dozen sec­onds around the 8.58 mark. Caiden Geens (5) cov­ered the dis­tance a lit­tle faster than last week and crossed the line in 13.16, which was 30 sec­onds ahead of the first pair of the Cook fam­ily; Dex­ter (3) and, fa­ther Dan who had upped their dis­tance for the first time, finishing 10 sec­onds ahead of Ruth and el­dest son, Ned (5), who had com­par­a­tively slowed down by a cou­ple of min­utes to as­sist them.

Nine-year-old Lu­cas Row­ley is mak­ing a habit of lead­ing the 2.2K, on this oc­ca­sion in a sim­i­lar time to the previous week of 11.08, but al­most a minute from his best.

Shane Yates (9) fol­lowed al­most 40 sec­onds later, also with a sim­i­lar time of 11.47, with new­comer Mad­die Stone (10) half a dozen sec­onds later.

Imo­gen Phillips (11) was an­other to cover the route at a sim­i­lar pace to previous, to fin­ish in 12.15, which is 30 sec­onds from her best with new en­trants Sam (8) and Oliver Sigley (7), 50 and 100 sec­onds be­hind, the for­mer 20 in front of Ben Geens, who is slowly get­ting back on form.

An­other new­comer, Jack Auger (7) crossed the line in 13.48 along­side of Ruby Law­ley who was 30 sec­onds from her previous pace.

Kyla Tideswell and son, Max (4) had the in­ten­tions of pac­ing around to­gether, how­ever, the young­ster tired over the last stretch to fin­ish 20 sec­onds be­hind in 14.57; a score ahead of Mi­ley Brown (8) who was a good minute from her previous time.

Belle Clowes (8) was es­corted by fa­ther, Nick for the first time and fin­ished with a much, slower 16.44; whereas Bai­ley Dunn (12) re­turned to the event to lower her three­week-old first at­tempt by 90 sec­onds in 15.27.

Nicola Dam­janovic was due to run later in the day and eased around three min­utes slower than her best to fin­ish eight sec­onds in ar­rears of son Mack (6).

Al­fie and George Bower re­ceived their tro­phies from Brian Vi­grass be­fore Satur­day’s run.

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