Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The dramatic rise in the number of participants at the Killerton Parkruns observed through the summer seems to have levelled off over the last six weeks, writes Dave Eveleigh.
The event is held every Saturday morning at the Killerton Estate not far from Exeter on the old Cullompton Road. Tony Hatchard is a relatively new Parkrunner, but he made his mark in mid-August with two wins in succession when he also established a new PB of 16:59.
Two performances from Cathy Newman also stood out. Cathy set a new personal best of 19:06, was as high as ninth overall and won the 50-54 age group when she raced but she was no match for the much younger Lucy Commander from SWRR. Adam Miller is usually in the top three there but recently ran his third fastest ever time when finishing fourth, recording 17:31. Currently having done the event 99 times, at his next run there Adam picks up his centurion’s t-shirt. Adam’s partner Carly continues to run at Killerton most week-ends.
Andy Kennedy is also there regularly as he sets about improving his PB.
He came within two seconds of it in late August with 21:11 and he usually gains a podium place in his Men Aged 55-59 category.
Ellie Sutclife, if not a regular is often at Killerton and has completed three Parkruns there in the last six weeks, usually well-up the overall rankings and always in the top three women. Roger Rowe has had a couple of outings recently and finished 1st in his Men Aged 65-69 category on both occasions.
There were rare visits from Hugh Marsden and Dawn Teed this month, Hugh setting a new event personal best of 18:39 and Dawn finishing first in her 50-54 Age Group. There was a flying visit from Mike Musgrove who was seventh overall and second Over 40 as he flew round the course in 18:17.
Dave Eveleigh (O55) and Les Turner (O70) made one-off appearances recently and were in the top three of their respective age groups. Lee Russell ran just the once too but without a significant break-through this time.