Another great set of results over a wide range of events this week.
First off was the latest Assembly League race at Battersea Park on July 4th. Unfortunately here we are, over a week later, and the results are not yet in :(
If the times are anything to go by, Norman Park was in perfect condition for its 199th Parkrun as there were new PBs galore. Brian O'Connor not only broke his own PB but demolished the PWR 5k club record with a scintillating 16.42! Is there no stopping this man?
Also setting new Parkrun PBs at Bromley were Oliver Porritt, Kate Suckling, Paula Dimond, Alison MacOwan, Natalie Compton, Kenny Sharp and David Boswell, while Debbie McKenzie set a new PB for Norman Park. Well done all!
Wendy Tung set a new PB at Orpington (well done Wendy!) while other PWRs ventured to Gunnersbury, Hilly Fields, Peter Pan and Southampton.
Peter Eves decided on the spur of the moment to run Saturday's Marathon at the Enigma Summer Festival at Lake Caldecotte, Milton Keynes and in his own words: "Apart from the heat it was beautiful - no plastic bottles, no chip timing, no crowds, no noise just peace". He is returning to the lake in October determined to break 4:30 for the distance. Only 50 runners took part (far cry from the tens of thousands for London) and one of the FAQ on the website is "Does the pub sell draught Guinness"! And it does.
Sunday saw PWRs out in the gruelling heat in three very different events and none more gruelling than the Outlaw Triathlon contested by Rob and Sonja Laing. This was an Ironman distance with a stupidly long swim followed by a stupidly long cycle followed by a marathon! If I have read the results correctly, Sonja was quicker on the swim, Rob on the cycle and they finished the run together. Total elapsed time - 15 hours 15 minutes. Mad but an awesome achievement!
The inaugural Highway 10k was contested by six PWRs, three of each sex, with Simon Dadhi the first PWR man home and Laura Woodham the first lady. Adele Murrell led the warm-up - was one needed?
Alan Niblock set a great time of 1.55 to be the first of 7 PWRs that successfully completed the challenging Bewl 15 miler. Karien Esterhuyse and Emma Graham were our two female representatives and finished together, which was nice. Sian Vaughan was there to cheer everyone on but initially managed to take a picture of herself rather than our athletes!