NOTFAST enjoyed a successful week at Newark AC’s Gordon Whelbourn Week of running events. We made up around 50% of the runners each night, with a maximum turn-out of 47 NOTFAST runners on Tuesday night, and 32 of our runners completing the whole week. The trophies were awarded to Adam Holland as overall winner for the week and Diana Wakefield as leading female for the week. Adam and Diana received additional prizes for being first male and first female in the Friday night 10k. There were also age-group prizes for Caroline Upton, Kate Fisher, and Martin Dickenson, who each received prizes for the 10k and the week overall. Full results are attached.

Stuart Ashley walked the Baslow Boot Bash on Saturday, a 26 mile route around the hills of Derbyshire. After a hilly start the route levelled out a bit until a very steep hill at around 22 miles. Although very humid, the rain held off until the last two miles. Stuart decided not to bother with the waterproofs at that stage, but regretted it when it really threw it down and he was soon drenched! Although it was a very scenic walk, the refreshments were sadly lacking, with no drinks other than water at some checkpoints, no food other than biscuits, and three checkpoints that even ran out of those before Stuart and the remaining 50 or so walkers had got there! Despite the lack of calories, Stuart completed the walk in a very respectable 8h31.

John Miller took part in the Airfield Anarchy Mudfest obstacle races at Newark Airfield. John was not put off by the broken rib he sustained when he fell off a wall last year, and went back for more, this time entering all three events – a 5k on Saturday morning, 10k on Saturday afternoon, and 10 miles on Sunday! After a gruelling total 7h17m15s on the course he is now the proud (and only slightly bruised) owner of three inter-linking medals as a memento of his achievement. He was also first in his age group! (Well, the only one, but that just confirms that only the toughest runners tackle this one!)

Four of our other runners took the “easy” option and just did the 5k course, which took them 1h37; Stu Chase, Andy Rowlands, Lisa Leach, and Ady Dix, together with Stu’s cousin and her husband.

Parkrun PB’s this week for Nik Watson (from Joggers and Plodders) in Newark and Sue Swain in Hastings, and Kate Fisher has won the ladies’ points competition for 2015/16 at Newark Parkrun and received a lovely certificate on Saturday.

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