Late November News Round

Good time for a lumpy marathon from Alex Portwine on the 18th, she tell us:

‘Did the A20 Path n Downs Marathon on Sunday in 03:43:40, which surprised me considering the three monstrously challenging hills. A nice friendly race, small and low key, with lots of space to run, just my style! The race HQ was at a very plush hotel with fabulous hot showers and a pool…beats a marquee in a freezing field!! Will be back next year just for that!’

.. and from last weekend

Verna Burgess seems to be going for all the fives at the moment:

‘On Saturday I had an outing to the Hampstead parkrun – a two lap run around Parliament Hill and the ponds – really lovely surroundings. It was a consistent run for me – 23:56, 6th lady and 57/178. Next outings will be Hyde Park 5k on Friday and Perivale 5 on Sunday.’

Meanwhile Keith Gilbert was helping test run the new Canterbury parkrun:

‘Did a trial run for the upcoming Canterbury Parkrun [11 Jan 2014] this morning. Only 6 of us running, but it looks like a promising event. Course follows part of The Crab and Winkle Way cycle route, down and up a small valley over a stream, repeat on a U-turn> stretches on grassland [very soggy today! ] around The University of Kent campus and back to the Sports Pavilion. Free tea and coffee in the café there afterwards.’

Thanks to Phillipa Bennett for her work in promoting the club, according to Peter Simpson:

‘VRUK ran a stall at the Leicester Vegan Fair yesterday and with help from Phillippa we recruited on the day a new VRUK member Rebecca Parry, another 11 new contacts and spoke to many more visitors to our stall. The event was one of the smallest that we will attend over the year but it was well supported. Yasmin was also volunteering for her local group at the event.’

Nik Windle, continuing his efforts to regain his fitness of a couple of years ago, reports:

‘I didn’t break any records at today’s Eynsham 10k but was pleased to manage a season best of 51:20. Think I’ll be the only VRUK on the results but members Maria and Dean were supporting while at least 2 other vegans, Jackie and Lynn, were running. Thanks for the photos Dean.’

Nik Windle Eynsham 10k 2013

Nik at the Eynsham 10k

At time of writing, Thursday morning, Fiona Oakes is STILL in Antartica along with the other race participants as poor conditions have prevented flying. They are in tents in freezing conditions while Martin is at Tower Hill Stables sanctuary looking after the animals. Stay warm Fiona and let’s hope conditions improve today!