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From The Backbenches November 2019

So, with our Christmas party fast approaching (December 17th), time to bring you up to date with the latest happenings around the club, and there's really only one place I can start this time around and that's with Parkrun. Yes folks, at the fifth time of asking, we've finally got the better (just!) of Metros in our annual mob match.Fifteen members lined up at Harrow on the 16th to take on an impressive fifty-eight Metros (with Prakash, Yogesh, and Uma making their debuts in the event), and, despite the yellows having the three top age-graded performers on the day (Nigel Rackham 88.83%, Sasha Birkin (82.87%), and Janice Newman (80.30%)), Tony (74.73%) led our 'merry band' to victory by 61.52% to 61.00%. Victory was celebrated afterwards with coffee in Morrisons, where Louis pointed out it took him longer to get served than it did to do the run! Elsewhere, five members paid a visit to Sunny Hill Park on the 2nd (whilst I was amongst those skiving off to watch the rugby World Cup Final), making up a seventh of the field. Pretty sure it's the first time we've had three runners (Tony (4th), Louis (6th) and Hsiang-Ju (7th)) in the top ten anywhere, and, for good measure, our former member (now an Ealing Eagle) Colin Goulding was first home. Overall, Gladstone Park's five runs during the month saw an average turnout of 191, whilst Mary logged her 150th run, at Harrow, on the 23rd, and it was also good to see Craig back in action at Canons Park on the 30th.

Away from Parkrun, the month 'kicked off', competitively, with Victor in New York for the marathon on the 3rd, whilst Adrian settled for half that distance at Marlow where Yvonne, Mark, Pat, John and Sofia opted for the seven miler. The 17th then saw Yvonne, Pat, Victor and Sofia South of the river for the Fulham 10k., whilst Tony headed up to Chesham in pursuit of his beloved hills for the Herbert's Hole race, the month ending with eleven of us at Cassiobury Park on the 24th (Liz sadly having to miss the race through injury) with Michael making his first foray over the country, and Ayesha tackling a 10k. for the first time. For the record, our women's team, led home by Simona (third in her catagory) finished eighth out of seventeen, whilst we managed to close two teams in the men's race, our A anb B squads finishing fourth and sixth out of nine respectively, the former (Tony, James and Mark) missing out on a 'podium finish' by the narrowest of margins finishing a mere forty-five seconds behind Ealing Eagles. We did however have our revenge, I'm pleased to say, edging Eagles out of second spot in the overall challenge (six men/women to score!) where we were runners-up to the hosts, Watford Joggers, who made a predictable clean sweep of the trophies. Thanks meanwhile to Bev, Wendy, Alice and David for the support.

Leaving behind our athletic endeavours, November also saw the debrief meeting for the 2019 Summer League, held at the Seymour Centre, Marylebone, on the 7th. I can report that race fees will remain at £2-50 for 2020 after what was considered a successful campaign with numbers once again on the rise (almost 400 contesting the main race at Regent's Park!). Proposed dates for 2020 are as under, with Regent's Park and Battersea Park already confirmed.

Sunday 31st May: Dulwich

Sunday 14th June: Harrow

Sunday 28th June: Perivale

Sunday 19th JulyL: Regent's Park

Sunday 9th August: Battersea Park

Well, think that about covers it for this month.

Next Month: The Perivale 5, Finsbury Park 'awayday', Christmas Party, and much, much more........


Sunday 13th October

Prakash Jani (1.56.26).

Saturday 2nd November

Gladstone Park Parkrun 5k.

Chetan Khatry (32.28), Sue Boucher (36.41).

Canons Park Parkrun 5k.

Peter Higgins (24.18), Gavin Imrie (25.49).

Sunny Hill Parkrun 5k.

Tony Watson (24.24), Louis Smyth (26.40), Hsiang-Ju Lin (26.41), Tracey Nobbs (30.34), Angela Tomusange (35.00).

Sunday 3rd November

New York Marathon

Victor Tsui (3.52.36).

Marlow Half Marathon

Adrian Boylan (1.48.48).

Marlow 7

Yvonne Walker (1.04.09), Mark Mulvenna (1.04.13), Patricia King (1.15.05), John Walerych (1.16.13), Sofia Ali (1.20.04).

Saturday 9th November

Gladstone Park Parkrun 5k.

Tony Watson (22.39), Peter Higgins (27.20), Patricia King (29.23), Chetan Khatry (30.30), Christine Bee (30.37), John Walerych (32.19).

Canons Park Parkrun 5k.

Ellen Mulvenna (42.12).

Finsbury Park Parkrun 5k.

Louis Smyth (24.51).

Harrow Parkrun 5k.

Mary Allieu (29.49), Yvpnne Walker (28.00).

Fulhan Palace Parkrun 5k.

Hsiang-Ju Lin (25.05).

Saturday 16th November

Harrow Parkrun 5k.

Tony Watson (21.50), Gavin Imrie (23.16), Yogesh Patel (23.44), Nick Karfoot (24.11), Hsiang-Ju Lin (24.20), Louis Smyth (24.29), Mark Mulvenna (24.58),Prakash Jani (25.40),Martin Garrett (26.34), Tracey Nobbs (28.11), Angela Tomusange (29.00), Mary Allieu (29.36), Uma Bhatt (31.23), Liz Abrahams (31.57), Tricia Edwards (33.39).

Hampstead Heath Parkrun 5k.

Ellen Smyth (33.43).

Gladstone Park Parkrun 5k.

Adrian Boylan (23.29), Peter Higgins (25.22), Christine Bee 931.36), John Walerych (32.13), Sue Boucher (35.18), Musarat Din (37.44).

Sunday 17th November

Fulhan 10k.

Yvonne Walker (51.16), Victor Tsui (57.46), Particia King (59.55, Sofia Ali (1.07.14)..

Herbrt's Hole (Chesham) 10k. (appx.)

Tony Watson (55.04).

Saturday 23rd November

Gladstone Park Parkrun 5k.

Tony Watson (22.52), Adrian Boylan (23.40), Gavin Imrie (23.59), Peter Higgins (25.10), Louis Smyth (26.07), Joelle Chow (28.11), Christine Bee (32.11), Jesper Chow (33.35), Cynthia Ong (33.39), Andrew Chow (33.52), Sofia Ali (34.34).

Harrow Parkrun 5k.

Yvonne Walker (27.40), Hsiang-Ju Lin (28.18), Mary Allieu (29.39).

Brockwell Parkrun 5k.

Angela Tomusange (29.23).

Canons Park Parkrun 5k.

Tricia Edwards (37.53), David Heathcote (48.59).

Sunday 24th November

Watford Joggers Autumn 10k.

Simona Cristea (48.52), Tony Watson (50.27), James Kerr (53.33), Mark Mulvenna (54.34), Louis Smyth (57.02), Prakash Jani (58.19), Martin Garrett (1.02.26), Tracey Nobbs (1.04.49), Michael Barnett (1.06.32), Sofia Ali (1.12.13), Ayesha Kapadia (1.35.18).

Saturday 30th November

Hampstead Heath Parkrun 5k.

Ellen Smyth (37.31).

Gunnersbury Parkrun 5k.

Victor Tsui (25.22).

Gladstone Park Parkrun 5k.

Tony Watson (24.14), Joelle Chow (26.57), Chetan Khatry (30.55), Jesper Chow (32.48), Cynthia Ong (32.56), Andrew Chow (32.58), Martin Garrett (59.19).

Canons Park Parkrun 5k.

Mark Mulvenna (24.41), Gavin Imrie (24.48), Sean Breen (34.25), Craig Chapman (1.02.02).

Clapham Common Parkrun 5k.

Angela Tomusange (29.08).

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