parkrun focus: Runners ring in the New Year in style at Catton, Thetford and King’s Lynn
- Credit: Paul Coulthread
More than 250 runners blew away the festive cobwebs at Catton parkrun on New Year's Day.
A total of 259 runners took part as Sam Todd of the City of Norwich AC led the field home in 17:13, just three seconds outside his parkrun personal best. Team-mate Ben Spratling was second home thanks to a new PB of 17:16 whilst Pieter Mackeith was third in 18:24 – also a new PB.
Mabel Beckett (City of Norwich AC) was first female and fourth overall in a superb time of 18:37 (new PB) whilst Suzy Hill was female runner-up in 21:05. Bethan Everson, from Fenland Running Club, was third in 22:29 – her first time at Catton.
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Theresa Flint completed her 50th parkrun in 31:07 whilst junior runner Edward Curtis completed his 10th event in 41:05.
Volunteers: Shelley AMES, Alex CHARD, Brett CORNISH, Kelly CORNISH, Kyra CORNISH, Luke CORNISH, Paul COULTHREAD, Michael DALE, Shane DAVENPORT, Terence DAWSON, Sue EAGLE, Bill EDMONDS, Ian EDWARDS, Simon ENGLISH, Dan GOODWIN, Elizabeth HALFORD, Stephen HOWARTH, Melanie HOWARTH, Miranda ROWLANDS, David STANSBURY, Colin THOULESS.
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King's Lynn parkrun
King's Lynn parkrun also had a decent turnout of 169 runners on New Year's Day.
Warren Armstrong (Ryston Runners AC) was first home in 18:48, closely followed by Matthew Thrower in 19:27. Kenny Addis was three seconds further back in 19:30.
Sally Lynn Hurst was first female in 21:28 followed by Claudia Milburn (Fenland Running Club) in 22:24. Ryston Runners AC's Jane Ashby, in the VW70-74 category, was third in 24:56.
Kevin Howlett (Ryston Runners AC) celebrated his 50th parkrun in 21:25 whilst Hayley Hawes (Ryston Runners AC) notched up her 100th event in 25:08.
George Munson reached the 20 landmark in a time of 24:52.
Volunteers: Beryl BARBER, Peter BROWN, Sarah BYATT, Abigail EGGLETON, Martin ELSEGOOD, Cliff GOSLING, Jimmy HEARN, Emma LANGLEY, Bob OVERTON, Mike PEMBERY, Fabia POLLARD, Deborah SHEILS, Liz THOMSON, Gary WALKER
Thetford parkrun smashed its attendance record on New Year's Day with an impressive 299 runners taking part – beating its previous best of 257 last year.
Cambridge & Coleridge runner Chris Darling was first home in 16:50 with Adam Tapley (Cambridge Triathlon Club) second in 17:40. James Arrowsmith (Trent Park Running Club) was third male in 18:37.
Daisy Glover certainly made an impact during her first ever parkrun event as she was first female in 19:28 whilst Vicki Blackshaw (Canix) was second in 19:53. Sophie Darling (Lincoln Wellington AC) was third with a new personal best of 20:19.
Charlotte Smith (Thetford AC) celebrated her 100th parkun with a time of 23:57 whilst Chris Greenough notched up the same landmark in 26:53. Emma Nicholson also completed her 100th in 43:54 whilst Jessica Retchless chose Thetford to reach 50 parkruns in 32:04.
Volunteers: Mick COLLEDGE, Sue COLLEDGE, Peter ELLIOTT, Geoffrey HERSCHELL, Riley LAWRENCE, Laura LAWRENCE, Lucas MEASURES, Max MEASURES, Benedict MEASURES, Jim MOCKFORD, Sharon NASH, Stacey Daniele OWEN, Glynn PEARCE, Darren PIPE, Andrea RUSSELL, Melanie STURMAN