parkrun focus: Matt Howard leads parkrunners home at a muddy Catton
- Credit: Gary Walker
The parkrun scene recovered in style from the Beast from the East as Mark Armstrong takes a look at the events at Catton, Lowestoft, King's Lynn and Thetford
Norwich Road Runners' Matt Howard led the 274 finishers home at a muddy parkrun on Saturday.
Howard was in a class of his own, taking first place in 18:36, with Anthony Alborough (Coltishall Jaguars) second in 19:15. Jonathan Cordle (Tri Anglia) was third in 19:51.
Joanne Watkins (Norfolk Gazelles AC) was first female in 21:34 with Maria Kirwin second in 22:55. Jo Walmsley (Wymondham AC) was third in 23:09 in her first ever parkrun at Catton.
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Volunteers: Shelley AMES, Evie ATKINSON, Jennifer BATISTONI, Claire BERRIDGE, Diane COLLINS, Theresa CORNISH, Brett CORNISH, Paul COULTHREAD, Jonathan EAGLE, Katie FENN, David FIELD, Meagan GIBBS, Nicola HINSLEY, Richard HOLLINGS, Matt HOWES, Ben KENDALL, Philip LEFTWICH, Jennie LEON, Joe MANTON, Benton MARCER, Jessica MARCER, Clare MARCER, Raymond MARSHALL, Katrina MARSHALL, David PARKER, Lee POTTER, Chris RICHARDSON, Miranda ROWLANDS, Peter SHACKLETON, Paul SMITH, Richard SMITH, Lewis SPURGIN
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Twenty-eight first timers took part at Lowestoft this week among the 234 runners that ran the event.
First home was Robert Chenery (Ipswich JAFFA) in 17:04, nearly two minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Tom Galley (Lowestoft Road Runners) took second place in 18:57 with junior runner Josh Barnard third in 19:04.
Polly Davies was first female in 21:20 - her first time at Lowestoft – with Sophie Bell (Bungay Black Dog RC) second in 22:19. Jenny Sheahan was third in 22:30.
Steve Wright and Teresa Plant celebrated their 125th events whilst Nick Saunders and Emily Coles clocked up their 75th appearances. Oliver Owen notched up his 50th parkrun.
Volunteers: Lynette CULVERWELL, Stuart DEWELL, John FAWCETT, Rob FAWCETT, Gerard GIBSON, Janet HITCHAM, Linda HUNT, Nikki MACDONALD, Liam MULLEN, Gary PEMBROKE, Trevor RAWSON, Alan RICHARDSON, Steven ROFFE
A bumper turnout of 355 runners took part at King's Lynn.
Matt Pyatt (Renegade Runners) took first place in 16:58 with Adam Matthews (Ryston Runners) just behind in 17:29. Peter Holmes (Ely Runners) was third in 17:43.
Sally Lynn Hurst (Renegade Runners) was first female in 20:46 with Debbie Schwarz (West Norfolk AC) second in 21:36. Rebecca Judge (RunDMC) was third in 22:52.
Congratulations were in order to Robert Bartholomew, who celebrated his 50th parkrun.
Volunteers: Beryl BARBER, Kyle BERRY, Judith BERRY, Salina CUMBRIDGE, Mark DOUGHTY, Sam DOUGHTY, Marie DOUGHTY, Michael ENNIS, Maria Frances FRARY, Nick MACKAY, Jon PLUMB, Charlie PYATT, Sandra RHODES, Stephen RHODES, Keith RIX, Emma SABERTON, Les SCOTT, Elliott SOWDEN, Ian TODD, Diane TURNER, Gary WALKER, Fiona WILSON, Felix YOUNG
Martin Gooderham (Harling AC) led the 168 parkrunners home at Thetford in a time of 20:15.
Karl Wright (Thetford AC) was the runner-up in 20:51 with Anthony Gammell third in 21:12 - his first ever parkrun.
Donna Finney was first female in 22:39 with Heidi Teixera just a second behind in 22:40. Eike Hausler (Eastern Veterans AC) was third in 22:53.
Richard Cator notched up his 200th parkrun as Jennie Chamberlain celebrated her 150th. Philip Gordon ran his 100th parkrun event.
Volunteers: Tavis AC GIBSON, John BELLOTTI, Maureen BELLOTTI, Marilyn Dawn COLE, Mick COLLEDGE, Tony FRIEND, Tim GUNTER, Francis HART, Sean HASSEY, Emma JENNINGS, Katherine JONES, Alastair LECKIE, John MUNDAY, Gill MUNDAY, Sabine SCHAEFER, Melanie STURMAN, Robert WHITTAKER