To cap personal best times recorded by Grace and Emmy Craft last time out at Cutteslowe Park, Parkrun PB's were today acheived by IWCA AC runners, Robert Merry, Shay Dixon, Francis McKenna and Stuart Craft.
9 year old Francis, who was, it must be said, no fan of physical exercise before recently joining our club, actually pulled out of the run at Cutteslowe Park less than half way round a fortnight ago. It was heartening then to see him cut five minutes off his previous best time today by pushing himself to run a greater percentage of the course, while completing the rest of the time trial at a faster walking pace than usual. At this rate Fran will be running the whole 5k distance by midsummer.
Stuart cheekily used Paul Brackett as a pacemaker at today's event. Stuart managed to sneak past his team mate at the final furlong - a feat only possible because Paul’s legs were still suffering from the previous weekend’s London Marathon! The encouraging site of being so close to Paul at the close of this week's time trial helped push Stuart to a new personal best time, despite his lack of sleep due to coming off a long night shift duty just three hours earlier. Thanks should also go to fellow coach, David Troth, for pushing Stuart with extra training over the last couple of weeks in preparation for the forthcoming Chalgrove 10k.
Both Robert and Shay also reaped the benefits of working hard at recent training sessions.
Robert has threatened to beat his PB over the last few weeks and today he finally did it by an impressive 54 seconds. Full credit to him for battling through the wind and the rain over recent training sessions. His PB is well deserved.
Shay notched up the very encouraging achievement of knocking 9.9 minutes off his previous personal best effort. Coach Stuart Craft commented: "I am so pleased for Shay, he has worked really hard recently at training, pushing himself to the limit without a murmur of complaint. I am very impressed and very proud of him".
Well done also to Diana, Simon and Shawn who all have better times ahead of them if they keep up the good work.