Over 50 Waveney Valley athletes take on Parkrun challenges

PUBLISHED: 11:50 08 September 2017

Members of Bungay Black Dogs Running Club turned out in force to support Alice Kirk on her 200th parkrun at Gorleston. Picture: Club

Members of Bungay Black Dogs Running Club turned out in force to support Alice Kirk on her 200th parkrun at Gorleston. Picture: Club


A total of 56 Waveney Valley AC athletes were in action on Saturday at the three local Parkrun venues.

Parkrun organise free weekly 5km timed runs across the globe and Waveney’s members are appreciative of the dedication of the volunteers, especially in Lowestoft the Access Community Trust team.

In Gorleston, a total of 382 runners took part with eight from Waveney. First home for Waveney was one of the club’s junior members, George Browne, who ran a time of 20:43 for 17th place overall but first in his age group, just off the pb pace he set the previous week of 19:37.

Thomas Spurgeon and William Browne, also juniors, set strong paces of 22:29 and 23:21 with Karim Ouaddane the first senior home in 22:19.

Through the trails of Fritton Lake, a total of 83 parkrunners were in action, with seven from Waveney Valley. First Waveney man to finish was David Mower in 26:40, although his 5km parkrun formed part of a much longer 22 mile run with Lisa Knights, first female Waveney finisher clocking in at 30:32.

The Lowestoft run started outside the East Point Pavilion before going along the lower esplanade and up to the CEFAS building and Kensington Gardens before returning to Wellington Gardens to conclude the first lap.

A total of 269 runners took part with 41 from Waveney. First home from Waveney was Andy Ayers in 20:22 followed eight seconds later by Daniel Harris.

Waveney’s first female to cross the line was Louise Harrod in 26:01 followed closely by Megan Soanes 15 seconds later. A number of the club’s juniors were also in action, led by Vaughan Beckham clocking in at 24:15, who was followed by Nathan Littlejohns in 25:24 and his brother Ben in 26:25. Other juniors in action were Ella Newman and Agatha Gouldby (27:11 and 27:15) and Charlie Mudd (28:26).

The following athletes recorded personal bests in August: J Burgess 19:27, J Gooch 21:36, T Chong 23:27, M Illingsworth 21:48, D Bjorck 38:35, S Spurgeon 21:46, J Skelly 24:56, A Liddell-Andrews 39:02, J Steer 31:18, A Croucher 20:54, M Huggins 22:29, K Harper 33:36, P MacCormack 24:50, L Roth 25:17, T Winney 25:44, D Catchpole 28:07, C Clamp 28:38, D Hammond 29:05, P Hierons 39:28, K Howe 30:06, J Piggott 39:58, S Paolantonio 32:51, R Tate 41:58, C Hulme 34:09, M Baldry 20:10.

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