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On the 1st weekend of Christmas

It's not often that in depth discussions on Lyme's disease feature in pre-run conversations. That was the scene at a very frosty Knavesmire on Saturday morning as Jim and I were recounting the stories of the previous weekend and the notorious dirty water at Temple Newsam's cross country race. Those of us with slightly fewer strides per minute had survived with just a few red bite marks whereas Mr Cadence was checking up on the terms of his life insurance to see if he was covered after taking 3000 strides through shin deep puddles.

Delighted to report that we've all lived to tell the tale and 14 of us lined up at 4 different local parkruns on Saturday morning. No evidence of anyone doing anything 'official' yesterday unless I include the Rotherham Hospice Santa Dash over a mile that Lucy and Grace took part in. I'd best mention it as the garden shed is a bit chilly to be sleeping in at this time of year. Well done both of you and well done on raising a few quid for a very worthy cause.

Top performers over the 5K distance were the aforementioned Jim, chalking another second off his PB as he nudges ever closer to 18.59. Amy recorded her fastest time since February and Marc achieved a podium finish as New Earswick held their first event for a month. A big well done to Karen as well who recorded her fastest time for 2 1/2 years!

There's a busier weekend coming up with the Roseberry Topping marathon, half and 10K so I'm sure we will have some of our Hardmoors regulars in evidence. Me and the Mrs are off to take on the South Leeds Bah Humbug 10K and there's also the Chase the Pud event round the Knavesmire. Before all that we have training on Weds night, watch this space for updates from Coach Whitby.

York parkrun

Jim Carter 19.07

Simon Middleton 19.26

Darren Baker 19.52

Kevin Armstrong 23.11

Lisa Ellwood 32.05

Lucy Turner 40.16

Heslington parkrun

Danny Clayton 20.22

Andy Heather 21.06

Amy Johnson 23.22

Amanda Clark 25.06

Phil Raddall 27.59

Helena Senior 34.52

Dalby Forest parkrun

Karen Travis 30.24

New Earswick parkrun

Marc Pearson 20.45

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