Southern Masters XC, Regents Park and more

As mentioned on our front page Jenny McNamara goes from strength to strength with a win at the beautifully named Hardmoors Roseberry Topping 10k last weekend. Jenny says:

‘I was first woman in the Hardmoors Roseberry topping 10K this morning, and the first male was a vegan too!   Love Hardmoors events- heartily recommend them if you like trail running and are up north or don’t mind a drive :)’ 

An excellent run by Jon Bateson coming 1st V40 at the Bushy Park 10k:

‘4th place (1st over 40) in the Bushy Park 10k. Slower than I’d have liked (37.48), but can’t complain – first 10k for a very long time. First mile at 5.39 probably a bit ambitious 🙂 . At least I now know the work I need to do to run well in Brighton in Feb.’

Peter Simpson returned to running at the Southern Masters XC Champs, he reports:

‘Southern Masters XC Champs on 14th, my first run for 5-6 weeks due to work and stalls for VRUK. A question of getting round and with relatively dry conditions and modest course, managed 51.28 in the V50+ event, overall 94 / 114 and 46th V50-54. A volunteer distributing the numbers commented that he didn’t think vegans would have the energy? After my event I went back and had a discussion. Colin Braybrook was also running and he finished 14th V50-54 in 39.56.’

Verna and Stephen Burgess were flying at the Regents park 10k with a new PB for Verna who tells us:

‘It was a great morning in Regent’s Park yesterday. Stephen ran 38.05 and was 18/512. I did 44.15, 9th woman, 100/512 and a new PB by some 3 mins so quite happy.’

And a parkrun PB for Catherine Hanson:

‘Very pleased I managed to get 27:42 this morning at parkrun despite not being 100% and stopping half way round to use my inhaler! It’s a cross country run all fields with a hill at the end so next time I go a flat 5 I should smash that time! It’s a 5k PB for me as don’t do many shorter runs. Last one was in June.’

Many thanks to Peter Simpson for promoting the club at the Animal Aid Fair on the 8th Dec:

‘Outcome of stall at the Animal Aid Christmas Fair – VRUK had a good day although about half the sales ( approx £270) compared to last year that was exceptional. Two new paid-up members for 2014 and a list of contacts for the mailing list. Thanks for the assistance from Verna Burgess and Dave Arnold. It was also encouraging to meet so many members at the stall, some returning. A long and exhausting day carrying the luggage on and off public transport including across London on the bus.’

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