Braunstone Parkrun round-up (week 92),
Posted: Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:33
On what was billed as 'Super Saturday' at the Olympics (4 August), the weekend's Braunstone parkrun was definitely just that for newcomer Peter Branney who took the men's crown in the latest 5k race at Braunstone Park.
The Leeds City athlete claimed victory in the 92nd run of the series in 17:00, just eight seconds ahead of fellow debutant Samuel Elliott, running in the under 15s category, who recorded the fastest ever finish in the age group.
Veteran Andy Ball showed he is finally putting injury setbacks behind him to return to the form that saw him record a 17:38 personal best last year. The Huncote Harrier, making his 45th appearance at the event, took third place in 17:51, chalking up his 11th top three finish.
Last week's winner in the ladies' race, Anna Munday, recorded the same finishing position but a six-second improvement, running home in a personal best time of 20:22.
Jolanta Gibes, making her first appearance in two months, claimed the runner-up spot and her 20th top three finish in a time of 21:16, while West End's Vickie Hallam ran home in 21:44 to take third place.
Youngster Alex Percy became the newest member of the exclusive 10 Club, the national group of juniors that have completed 10 or more parkruns. The U15 completed his landmark run in a time of 21:58.
Meanwhile, as Team GB were increasing their haul at London 2012, Braunstone parkrun stalwart Anne Newbery was adding to her own haul.
The event regular completed her 87th parkrun in 48:25, just hours before giving birth to a healthy 9lb 3oz baby girl, Pollyanna, who is expected to make her race debut in the next few weeks with big sister Bethany.
The Braunstone parkrun men's course record, set in week 58 by Blackheath & Bromley Harriers athlete James Poole and equalled in week
75 by Newham & Essex Beagles' Thomas Gayle, still stands at 15:08. The ladies' course best of 16:15 set in week 19 by GB Olympian, Lisa Dobriskey, also remains unbeaten.
The 93rd race of the series takes place next Saturday (11 August), starting at 9am in front of the old stable block at Braunstone Park.
The race is free to enter but first-time runners must register beforehand online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone