Exe-rated runners!

Exe-rated runners!
The successful Harriers team, en masse, at the Erme Valley Relays, July 2013

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Parkrun round up

Whilst Autumn is a busy period on the local running calendar in terms of 10ks, half-marathons, off-road races and cross-country meets, it is easy to forget that Parkrun quietly and unassumingly keeps on going and welcoming runners to its free weekly 5k times runs all around the country.

September 22nd was an exciting day for Parkrun fans in Devon as it saw the launch of a brand new event in Plymouth. The Plym Valley Parkrun now joins Killerton as the only two Parkruns held throughout Cornwall, Devon and Somerset; the next nearest is Poole in Dorset. This inaugural event attracted a total of 53 runners, some of them the most staunchest of Parkrun fans, having clokced up over 100 runs at different events all across the country, and it also attracted Harriers' Parkrun devotee, Roger Rowe. Making light work of this new 5k course that follows an out and back trail alongside the River Plym, Roger posted a time time of 21.53 for 15th place overall and giving him the new MV65 course record on the course... will it be broken?!

Meanwhile, back in Killerton, the Killer-Parkrun regulars have been out in force and clocking up PBs a plenty. The biggest PB to be set recently is by Carly Audritt who managed to get her time below 23 minutes for the first time this week, 22nd September, when she ran 22:40 to take 4th female spot and 15th place overall. Gordon Seaward, avid running enthusiast and long-time supporter of the local running scene, who does most of the timings at Killerton has kindly provided Carly with a training plan which clearly is paying off if the recent improvements on her 5k times are anything to go by!

Carly's partner, Adam Miller, has also been having a very successful run of Parkrun performances in September. On the 8th September he set a new PB of 17:36 and was the first runner home at that event. A week later on the 15th he improved that PB by 2 seconds to run 17:34 for 3rd place overall. This week he again took the top spot in the race with a time of 17:39, showing just how consistent he is at this distance and now that he is very familiar with the course, having run it 55 times in total!

Other Harriers who have run at Parkrun recently include Andy Kennedy (22nd in 22:23), Roger Rowe (25th in 22:43) and Jon Lambert (27th in a new PB time of 22:50), all on the 15th September. This week saw Jon Garrity helping to pace his sister, Rachael, around the course in a time of 30:08, so Jon's Killerton PB remains an impressive 18:34.

With it being so near and free of charge, this really is a great opportunity to push yourself over a timed and measured distance... and to enjoy a cup of coffee and a cake in the Killerton tea rooms with fellow Parkrunners after. Sign up online and get your barcode now and get yourself down to Killerton this Saturday!

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