🧊 With the arctic temperatures and a dearth of races this week it was tempting to write “Some people ran, it was very cold” and be done with it for this rundown. Some of you were even more succinct with your run summaries. Ben Anderson captured the general mood by uploading a run simply entitled “-6“. Ed Perry was a little more expansive going for “-6 but stunning“. Henry Fagan went for “nippy“, Anne Kearey plumped for “very wintry” and Bruce McLaren was positively verbose by comparison, going with “blimey it was 🥶…“.
As the weekend wore on, however, the freezing conditions slightly relented and a number of you were out in force to brave the parkruns that hadn’t fallen foul of the weather. Some particular highlights were:
🔸 Natalie Haarer, coming in as 1st lady at Hazelwood despite being “not so fresh following last night’s festivities“.
🔸 Bonnie Morgan who, not to be outdone, was also first lady at Kingston.
🔸 Suzy Whatmough and Mark Herbert teaming up to make it a double Ranelagh 1st place crown at Osterley.
🔸 Sarah Palmer and Joe Gomes grabbing a pair of 2nd place finishes at Bushy. Sarah was just 11 seconds off a PB in a time of 18:10 – fantastic work in those conditions.
🔸 Nic Douglas taking 2nd place at Richmond Park, justifiably rewarding herself with cake afterwards.
🔸 Carol Aikin and Stephen Aikin on the tourist trail at York, Ted Mockett popping up at Daventry and Evelin Joslin enjoying event #500 in Abingdon.
🛶 Away from parkrun, Lizzie Broughton was one of the few you taking part in a running event this week, completing the Richmond Canoe Club’s annual Castle to Club (a marathon from Windsor Castle to their clubhouse) in a very respectable 3 hours and 41 minutes which, unsurprisingly, clocked in as the club’s longest run of the week. Impressive stuff in those conditions!
🎅 Emily Jenkins also popped up with a last-minute rundown entry, completing the 19 mile Serpies Santa Trail run from Westhumble all the way across to Oxted. Well done, Emily!
🧤 Outside of racing but continuing the “I’m cold” theme, many of you seemed to be suffering with frozen anatomy this week. Clare Day enjoyed the blue skies but suffered with “cold toes“. Ross MacDonald’s fingers were so cold he couldn’t get his helmet off at work, which from a job security perspective was probably for the best. And Sam Dalgleish seemed to be faring little better with a run simply entitled “frosticles“. Ouch.
🏖️ Meanwhile some of you were making us feel very jealous by running in much warmer climes. Jon Tovell was trotting around the Costa Teguise, Sergio Stillacci was continuing to replicate Advanced 1 sessions in the much more pleasant surroundings of Monza and Gill Sanders was making everyone wish they were sipping wine in Stellenbosch. Marianne Malam didn’t quite make it to sunnier climes, however, ending up with a “freezing cold 10 miler” in Cardiff. Henry Fagan was more successful, exchanging his previous “nippy” run for some warm winter training in Madeira, the cheeky scamp.
🎉 Congrats to Mike Thomas who hit 2022 kilometres for 2022. Good luck to those of you chasing similar targets in the last few days of the year.
📈 The leaderboards were hotly contested this week as many of you headed to the snowy hills. Top of both the distance and elevation charts once again was orienteering specialist, Ralph Street, who seemed to run up and down half of Norway and clocked in with a mere 9,000 feet of climbing. Suzy Whatmough was 2nd for both distance and elevation following an epic looking run in the Surrey Hills, closely followed in by Ross MacDonald for elevation and Gareth Williams for distance. Special mention to James Ritchie who beat his coach, James Riley, into 4th by belligerently running an extra 100 metres more than him.
⚽💃 We were going to finish off by randomly congratulating the winners of the FIFA World Cup and Strictly Come Dancing just to fill space, but as someone won’t have watched one or both of them yet we’ll try and keep the (probably already inundated) complaints inbox down and won’t mention them by name!
🎄 🎄 The Rundown will be taking a well-earned break over the festive period to get absolutely plastered on mulled wine 🍷. In the meantime, a reminder to check out our previous post for this year’s 12 Days of Christmas Extravaganza. Happy partridge/turtle dove/French hen/calling bird/geese/swan hunting (imagine if the recipient in that song suffered from ornithophobia…) and a Merry Christmas to you all! 🎄 🎄
The Podiums for this week:
🥇Ralph Street 73.7 mi
🥈Gareth Williams 69.6 mi
🥉James Ritchie 65.4 mi
🥇Suzy Whatmough 70.3 mi (2nd overall)
🥈Sarah Palmer 52.2 mi
🥉Lucy Urbas 45.7 mi
🥇 Ralph Street 9,177ft
🥈 Ross MacDonald 4,534ft
🥉 James Ritchie 4,373ft
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 4,665ft (2nd Overall)
🥈 Gillian Sanders 3,259ft
🥉 Ria Woodfield 2,904ft
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