NOTFAST provided volunteers and pacers at Newark Parkrun this week – in total about 40 members took part, together with friends and family members, resulting in the largest number of volunteers at Newark Parkrun ever! Thanks to all for making it a great Parkrun, especially to Damian who came up with the idea of providing pacers and created the very professional pacer signs. Of the NOTFAST members running there were PB’s for Jacqui Walton, Britta Barnett, Fay Patterson, Maria Brambles, and Cath Hare. There were also Parkrun PB’s this week for Amy Borrill at Sheffield Hallam and Amy Lawrence at Telford.

Meanwhile, Chris Mumby and Sue Needham were running the beautiful Clumber Park 10k. Chris finished in 1:09:33, and Sue got a PB in 1:02:14, having warmed up at the Clumber Parkrun first! Steve Needham took on the Clumber Duathlon, comprising a 5k run, 17k bike ride, and 3k run, which he finished quicker than last year in 1:46:41.

Adam and Kirsty Jackson travelled off to the Lincolnshire Wolds to take part in the Gruesome Twosome 10K, an event that requires you to run with a partner and cross the line at the same time.  They finished 30th out of 76 in a time of 63:31. The course was very well marshalled and signed and took them through some beautiful country side with a few decent hills and a downhill stretch riddled with rabbit holes that kept them on their toes!

Well done to everyone who ran on Soggy Sunday! Ady Dix completed the Bright10, which is a 10 mile run along the seafronts of Brighton & Hove. Thankfully the rain stopped and the wind eased to help him complete in a great time of 1:06:25.

Not so lucky at the Stilton Stumble our runners had a very wet run in torrential rain on roads that turned into rivers in places. The hilly 10k course takes in the Stilton-making villages of Cropwell Bishop and Colston Bassett, while the 24k course also goes out to Long Clawson. Running the 10k were Kirsty Watson: 1:06:51, Kira Green 1:18:28, Annette Taylor 57:30, and Gill Goode 1:17:14, while Adam Jackson, not content with doing just one event in a weekend, took on the 24k course and finished in 2:33:23. All were rewarded with cheese at the end!

Netty Stevens ran the Great Birmingham half marathon in the rain. Netty enjoyed the event, in spite of the weather and the hills (including a killer hill from mile 10 to mile 12!), and finished in a good time of 2:08:34.

Adam Holland avoided the rain by going to Cornwall for the Eden Project Marathon, a very hilly marathon including about 2000ft of ascent/descent. Adam took full advantage of the downhill sections and won the event in 2:54:01, and thinks he may have set a new course record.

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