Bob Langley tested out the Penrith parkrun during a weekend break in Cumbria. This was the veteran 60 ace’s first ever parkrun and it was an extremely successful venture. Langley placed 12th overall claiming age category honours in the process and recording the third fastest time for a V60 on that course in a time of 20 minutes and 40 seconds.
Closer to home Wesley Atkins did the Great Notley parkrun with a 5th place finish overall in a new personal best of 19 minutes and 29 seconds. Atkins was back in action again the following day at the 53-12 League cross country fixture at Wherstead in Suffolk. He was first back for the men finishing in 35th position overall. The freezing weather conditions meant the course was rock hard in places with runners racing under the imposing Orwell Bridge twice before looping round fields to finish in the grounds of the Suffolk Food Hall. Jim Clark (39th) continues to provide a strong presence with Steve May (93rd) and Sam Wolton (113th) ensuring that the men had a full scoring team which also impacts on the overall position for the club. The men finished third in Pool B on the day.
Caroliena Cameron brought the ladies home in 20th position with Melanie Candler closing her down in 24th to score for the ladies. Hazel Buist (57th) pushed Nicole Smith (59th) round the course with Debbie Cook showing no fear on a great cross country debut (79th). The ladies continue to keep the pressure on the men finishing second in Pool B on the day. Overall Halstead finished third in Pool B and remain second in the table, only 1 point ahead of Tiptree, with two more fixtures to go.
Team photo courtesy of Jenn Langley. Left to right Jim Clark, Caroliena Cameron, Steve May, Sam Wolton, Wesley Atkins, Nicole Smith, Debbie Cook, Hazel Buist and Mel Candler.