Race Reports

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018

An enjoyable event in aid of St.Raphaels Hospice. Two lap course on tarmac and mud in Nonsuch Park.

Race Distance: 5 Miles
Race Date: Sunday, December 9, 2018

Thames Hare & Hounds monthly 5 miler started in the pouring rain, which luckily didn't last long. Extremely boggy alongside Beverley Brook, at least a couple of fallers, fortunately no lasting injuries to my knowledge. Another fine victory for Matt and his lovely sniffer dog Ripley. Great value at £4.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Nowhere near Jersey! Just down the road in Sandridge from the defunct Heartwood Forest parkrun we did recently. Two and a bit mildly undulating and a bit muddy laps of the bridleway around the outside of the country park. No horses encountered fortunately. Not as many tourists 'J' hunting as one might expect......under 200 runners.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Brockwell parkrun's 8th birthday and event #398.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Heavy rain on the Friday made parts of the course slippery, but otherwise it was a beautiful morning for running. Congrats to Julia on finishing 1st lady, and to James Saville on his 150th run.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Nice course over in Burgess Park located about a mile or so down Walworth Road from Elephant&Castle. Unusually, just the one lap (a lollipop type thing) with a lake to run round, and a nice long 1km straight at the start and finish. Pretty flat apart from a subway beneath a road. Would happily come back to this one.

Race Distance: 3 Miles
Race Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Last race of the year, so Christmas lunch after in the Leisure Centre. John made sure Catherine didn't get lost on the way round

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Last one of these races in 2018 - a 2 lapper round Crystal Palace park with a nasty little slope on each lap.

Race Distance: Other
Race Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018

11.5 k on a mild december morning. Hilly but recommended

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018

The course was slippery on the Commmon after heavy overnight rain (and churned up by the parkrun for good measure). Well done to all runners and many thanks to all the volunteers. Prize winners were: Women Open - 1st Sophie McKay, 2nd Lily Yates, 3rd Lydia Graham. O40 - 1st Natalie Bonal, 2nd Valerie Dunphy, 3rd Louise Robinson. O40 - 1st Carol Winter, 2nd Slaveia Christoff, 3rd - Emma Toumi. O60 - 1st Beverley Docherty, 2nd Francesca Carter. Men Open - 1st David Sharman, 2nd Simon Olney (Happy Birthday), 3rd Paul Ashcroft. O40 - 1st Lewis Halsey, 2nd Steve Pallister, 3rd James Saville. O50 - 1st Steven Rudland, 2nd David Dean, 3rd Paul Boross. O60 - 1st Edward Nelson, 2nd Graham Ball, 3rd David Ford.

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018

The course was slippery on the Commmon after heavy overnight rain (and churned up by the parkrun for good measure). Well done to all runners and many thanks to all the volunteers. Prize winners were: Women Open - 1st Julia Donovan, 2nd Natalie McDougall, 3rd Kate Newton. O40 - 1st Julie Burgess, 2nd Amelia Ashton-Jones, 3rd Radhika Lingham. O50 - 1st Chiara Samele, 2nd Katy Berry, 3rd Alyson Young. O60 - 1st Jean Taylor, 2nd Pauline Farrow, 3rd Anne Walker. Men Open - 1st Nick McKay, 2nd Kevin O'Gallagher, 3rd Phil Hagan. O40 - 1st Phil McElhinney, 2nd Phil Reeves, 3rd Charles Hampden-Smith. O50 - 1st Norman Urquia, 2nd Simon Adams, 3rd Ian Tidder. O60 - 1st Tim James, 2nd Andy Alcock. Junior - 1st Fred Jimack

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018

Nice race with a fun atmosphere, mostly around Barnes and Fulham rather than Putney. The grassy finish wasn't so welcome in the damp conditions but most of the rest was on towpath or road.

Race Distance: Other - Run
Race Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018

An 11.6k trail/cross country race in a forest outside Krakow. Andy and Bernadette had already done the first race of the series. There had been a light scattering of snow the previous evening but the morning of the race was sunny and still. The temperature was hovering around zero as the race started. The course looped around a deciduous forest, which did look beautiful with lots of fallen leaves and the snow on the shaded slopes. However it was hilly! I managed to run the uphills in the first half, but the steeper hills in the second half were just too hard to run. As this was the December race of the series, we all got given a chocolate Santa on the finish line.

Race Distance: Marathon
Race Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018

... or the 'Maratón Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP' to give it its full name. Wide, flat roads; great support and music from local associations at the roadside; low winter sun getting to 22 degrees C in the open and 16 degrees in the shade; sight-seeing as you pass through the city centre; and a fast final 800m as you drop down to finish alongside the City of Arts and Sciences. The second time I’ve run this and it’s a great run. I hadn’t brought my running legs with me, so settled for a slow plod round - slow enough to be overtaken by a man balancing an open bottle of Coca-Cola on his head.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Heavy rain was falling as we gathered before the start which helped keep the numbers down to half what they have been recently. The course was wet and slippery but not as muddy as it will get later in the winter. Congrats to James Spinks on his 200th run

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

One of the hillier parkruns you'll find: just shy of four laps with seemingly not an single inch of them on the level. Just shy of 300ft of climbing in total.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

New parkrun at Keynsham between Bristol and Bath. The one with the Curly Wurly! Tight, twisty, slippy and muddy! It's on a grass cyclo-cross circuit on a flood plain!

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Visiting Kevin Dendy and Patricia in Cheltenham, Kevin decided we could tackle the monsoon conditions in Bristol at the hilliest parkrun I have tackled. 3 inter related laps with 3 different hills

Race Distance: 10 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Low teen temperatures, grey skies and heavy showers for the entire duration made this a very soggy morning race. Relatively small field of 158, many hardcore runners (winner was 31:52). Well organised.

Race Distance: 5 Km
Race Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

It was a rather nippy -5 degrees for this Saturday’s parkrun, but fortunately it was sunny and calm. Bernadette and Andy timed our arrival perfectly just as the briefing was starting, so we quickly dumped our coats into the car that drives to the finish and lined up to run. A lovely flat course around a park, definitely has PB potential but the cold conditions made it seem rather hard-going. The volunteers provide hot, sweet tea at the end which was very welcome!