Late result from last week – Netty Stevens got a PB of 2h15 at the Great North Run last week, running with her guide Sheena – well done Netty!

Beth Webster was very pleased to get a Parkrun PB this week at Forest Rec, managing to run the complete course without any walking for the first time. Parkrun PB’s also for Peter Lane, Chris Redhead, Fay Paterson, Simon Lock, Britta Barnett, James Grand-Scrutton, Cathy Clarke, and Ady Dix at Newark.

David Watt did the Great Grimsby Dock Swim on Sunday – doesn’t sound like a glamorous location for a swim, but it was calm and sunny, with not a shopping trolley in sight! David was pleased to swim the 2 miles in 54:45, making him 6th overall, and 2nd in his age group.

Adam Holland was in Hull for the Champion Hull Marathon. He was slower than he had hoped to be due to the heat, but still won comfortably in 2h37, and was awarded a trophy so big it needed its own seatbelt in the car!

Sunday was the Ponton Plod, an annual event for runners and walkers which has been organised by Stuart and Kath Ashley since 2007 to raise money for charity, mainly for a children’s home in India which they have supported for many years. Stuart and Kath work extremely hard to put on this event, planning and setting out 3 routes of 12, 17 and 27 miles, organising check points, and providing food and drink before, during and after the event, including toast, sandwiches, cake, home-made soup and puddings- when you are catering for over 200 people that’s a lot of lemon meringue pie!

Of the NOTFAST members who took part, Colin Green and Val Dethick ran the 12 mile route together in 2h42. Val had a close encounter with some nettles and had to be swiftly extracted by Colin, while another kind runner offered to rub cream into her legs (for the stings of course!). Dick Brumby acted as sweeper, taking a leisurely 5h49. Jeremy Reichelt and Martin Dickenson ran the 17 mile route together in 3h12, although Jeremy reckons they spent about 18 minutes of that at the checkpoints eating cake! The hero of the day was Edward Casebourne who was sweeping the 27 mile route, and very kindly waited to escort the slowest walkers, even though they were later than the check-point cut-off time, and finally made it back to Ponton after 11 ¼ hours!

Stuart is pleased to report a record number of entrants for this year – 232 – and would like to say a big “thank you” for all the help provided by NOTFAST club members.

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