It's been a busy weekend for Istead & Ifield runners over the weekend, with 25 runners
taking part in Parkrun on Saturday, then 2 at the Barming 10k, 2 at the Ted Pepper
10k, 6 at Whitstable & one Triathlon.
As ever we had a strong presence at Shorne Woods Parkrun with 24 Istead runners toeing
the start line, and Liz Vassell, Simon Hewitt, Martin Flynn, Amanda Crowle and Stacy
Harrison all achieved PB's. Then over at Dartford Ray Pearce took in a bit of Parkrun
tourism with a solid run of 18:54.
Gillian Calliste and Steve Cable took in the Barming 10k with Steve coming 4th in
a time of 41:59, whilst Gillian Calliste finished in 1:09, both great times on what
I've been told is a great, but challenging course.
Ted Pepper 10k
Over at the Ted Pepper 10k Trevor Edgley won the SCVAC (Southern Counties Veterans
Association) Gold for the V65 category in a time of 51:23 and Jan Giles repeated
the trick by winning Gold in the FV75 in a time of 72:10. A fantastic achievement
by both runners.
Then down at Whitstable times were a bit slower than normal due to a headwind on
the back 5k, but that didn't stop some great performances by the Istead runners in
attendance. The stand out performance was Lynne Champion who won the ladies race
in an excellent time of 41:37 and was 21st overall. Also for the ladies Barbara
Ockendon ran a solid 52:04 and may been have placed highly in her V55 category but
unfortunately full results are not yet available.
On the men's side Mark Champion was first in, coming 4th overall and winning the
V40 prize in a time of 37:06 and he was joined in the top 10 by Dan Walsh who finished
in a creditable 8th place with a time of 38:30, then in 22nd place was the welcome
return of Dave Abery who ran 41:36. (Lynne would like to extend her thanks to Dave
who ran a fair chunk of the race with him and they really kept each other going when
the going got tough.) Then finally the ever consistent Nick Claydon just dipped
under 46 minutes for an 84th place finish.
Tonbridge Sprint triathlon
Finally whilst everybody else was out running Richard Storr took part in the Tonbridge
Sprint triathlon finishing 127th out 286 in a time of 1h 37m 37s