Bedale and Aiskew Runner, John Hunter, has been training hard to take part in one of his favourite races. Last weekend he travelled to the Lake District to run in the Coniston 14 mile event. This is described as probably the most scenic road race in the country, completing a full circuit of Coniston Water, and attracting some 1600 competitors.
John thoroughly enjoyed the lovely weather and fantastic scenery, but found the last 3 miles hard going. However he was pleased with his time of 2 hours 34 minutes, and a position of 1132nd overall, and 16th in the M65 age group.
Ten Bedale runners took part in three different Parkrun events last Saturday with seven recording all time personal best (PB) times. At Catterick Paul Simpson broke the 20 minute barrier for the first time, by 2 seconds, finishing 7th overall out of the 166 taking part for his PB. Alison Barron and Katie Watson urged each on to finish together in a PB time of 27.41, for 69th. Anne Johnson returning after an injury clocked 28.31 for 80th and Raymond Lightle finished 34th in 24.16, in his 102nd Parkrun.
At Darlington the all time PBs came from Paul Berry in 20.17 and 20th position, Matt Randall in 20.47 and 28th, and Alex McNairn 20.59 in 31st. Jess Mallinson completed the quartet in 33.31 and 294th out of the 367 competitors. All four have been taking part in the special 10K coaching programme and are extremely pleased with their race timings, improving at every competitive outing.
At Fountains Abbey Parkrun, new club member Ken Mountain ran sub 30 minutes for the first time, finishing in an all time PB of 29.03, and 259th out of a massive 461 competitors.