This is a quiet time for the club’s endurance athletes. After the cross-country season and before the track season, and with road races rare in the run up to the London Marathon, Parkruns provide an outlet for their abilities.

However it’s a track event that catches the eye this week. Gemma Holloway began her Summer programme with an outstanding run at the Watford open meeting. Running in the mixed 3k ‘A’ race she broke the club’s 30 year old record with a time of 9m27.21s, just 9 hundredths of a second better than the previous mark. This was set by Alison Hollington who holds several other club records for road and track events. She was a GB modern pentathlon international.

13 year old Harry Parker produced the fastest time of the day in the Parkruns. In the Basildon event his time of 19m20s was the 4th fastest of the day. Just behind the improving Tony Draper recorded 19m27s. Amber Pullinger’s time was an impressive 19m53s. Veteran John Russell recorded 22m38s.

The Orsett Heath course was wet underfoot and the growing grass slowed times. The club’s fastest time on the day was produced by Jamie Mack (12) who ran well to record 20m27s. Mason Hambleton, fast improving at the moment was 15 seconds behind with Henri Willett a further 14 seconds back.

Dave Staines