If you wanna be a record breaker, dedication's what you need!
Shrewbury - Lee Riding - 19:03
Walsall - Stuart Davies - 21:43
Conkers - Nikki Reeves - 22:01
Conkers - Jon Shaw - 22:54
Walsall - Sarah Tucker - 31:18
Our Roving Reporter has managed to catch up with some of our runners to ask them about their Saturday.
Saturday was my 6th parkrun at Shrewsbury and was the best so far in terms of weather conditions- glorious sunshine but still with a crisp morning feel. After following a revised training plan for 2 consecutive weeks, I had 2 days rest before Saturday's pb attempt; I felt strong and quietly confident. Routinely after the first mile, I glance at my watch to see 6.05mm pace. This usually drops to 6.18 by the end of mile 2. This time it was at 6.10 and I still felt ok. The dreaded hill the 2nd time was a hard hit on my minutes per mile but I managed to hold my pace for a new pb of 19.03! I was delighted! Now to get rid of the .03....Shabba!!
Well the main objective this Saturday was to actually pick up a TV off my work colleague and hopefully have a good Park Run. Set off late (8:00am) but decent run on motorway and parked up for 8:45am, so quite pleased with how easy it was to find Conkers – bodes well for the Shabba visit. I missed the brief as I had my first ever Park Run warm up with my mate Paul Chapman who is top of their Leader board. This guy I can claim to be an inspiration to as he only started running with me 18 months ago during works lunchtime and he’s got the bug as well as cracking sub 19min.
Today was a green event to celebrate St Patrick’s day so I had my Tipton top on and briefly bumped into Shabba Nikki in Irish fancy dress.
It was over to the start which is quite narrow for nearly 400 runners and no tarmac on this course, so I jostled to the front of the grid. It starts with quite an incline which is good to get out of the way and then it’s narrow country paths, which are fine on a sunny day!
It’s a very picturesque course and with the blue sky and water you could have been anywhere. First mile was 7:22, and the next 7:34 and I thought what the hell let’s go for it as my post Ashby legs were good. The final section of course is back down the incline and a flat finish.
I was shocked at the fact I was on course to smash my PB with a 7:27 last mile and BOOM broke the tape on 22:54 (their clock, 22:53 on mine) an amazing 55 seconds off. I guess my pre-race 4 pints the night before were to blame (eh Bazza). Met up with my mate who’s consolidated his lead as well as completing his 50th Park Run and saw Nikki who was recovering from her PB (even by a second). This was to be the start of multiple PBs over the weekend at all distances!
The place has a great feel about it with a nice big café where you can grab a latte and a bacon cob! Although it was water for me as I’m an athlete ha ha… Suggest we pick a sunny day when the Red Shirted Shabbas descend on this place like the Red Arrows!!
As it was St. Patricks this weekend, Conkers Parkrun decided to have a dress in green day, and we ran the course backwards, so I ran the course dressed as a leprechaun! And I PB'd by 1 second!
That was Saturday, on Sunday I competed with my running club, South Derbyshire Road Runners, in the Stilton 7, a seven mile hilly race! I was really pleased with my results in the event as it was feckin' hilly! It was tough... Ran with my teammate as not only are we equally matched but share same birthday!! So we encouraged each other on and had a bit of a chat!
I finished 191 out of 355, 36 out of 126 ladies n 16 in vet category out of 72 (even tho it says senior) time by the gun was 54:58, my chip time was 54:52.
My interesting moment on Saturday was forgetting my Garmin, but thought "no problem" as I am around the same pace as Chris Tucker so I can try and keep pace with him. Unfortunately he was Run Directing so was not running so offered me his Garmin.
This inspired me to my first sub 22:00 run (21:43) and has given Chris additional motivation for next week!
Although I'd run a 5 mile & a 10k race since my last parkrun, I was a little nervous last Saturday - not helped by all the Shabba boys teasing me about possible PBs - no pressure lads!
The first two laps were fun, mainly due to Marissa marshalling while doing full on cheerleading. The third lap started to feel hard, but then I was cheered up by Super Daz coming back to run me in.
After all the teasing, I ended up with a course PB, so the pressure & support worked!