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Dennis beaten by Bloodaxe





It was an unsurprisingly quiet weekend on the race front. That didn‘t stop Ian Smithson and Danielle Gordon though as they took on the Bloodaxe Challenge at York Sports Village. As many laps of the cycle track as you can in two hours saw Ian complete 29 laps and claim a fantastic 2nd place. Danielle chalked up 21 laps and 59th place out of 274 finishers. Well done both of you, the Facebook photos suggest it was a tad challenging at times! Credit to See York Run York for the photo.


Earlier in the week Kevin Armstrong took on the 1st race in the York 5K series around the very same cycle track, finishing in 22.05 for 79th out of 106 runners.


That leaves Hes parkrun, also around that very same cycle track. Other locations are available!


Heslington parkrun

Danny Clayton 19.29

Ian Smithson 19.32

Karen Travis 32.55

Helena Senior 34.22


York parkrun

Mark Dodsworth 21.49

Mel Ellwood 22.14

Kevin Armstrong 22.37

Darren Baker 22.50

Kevan Ford 24.45


Rothwell parkrun

Simon Middleton 21.04

Lucy Turner 34.19


Temple Newsam

Jim Carter 21.05

Andy Heather 22.54


Just to put all our performances into perspective, many of you will have seen that the 5K road race world record was smashed yesterday. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei beat the previous best by 27 seconds, winning in Monaco in 12.51. The British record also fell in the same race with Nick Goolab running 13.27, enough for third place!


Sat here wondering how far round parkrun I would be at 12.51 and thinking we should all head off to Monaco with a pair of Vaporfly’s. The motto being, next time you worry about your time, don’t. Every single runner in York bar none is literally miles behind these guys. Seems fitting after a weekend in which we are all encouraged to Be Kind xx

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