The Bushy Park multi-terrain race was a new one for ESM, and it wasn’t a bad turnout considering the unseasonably cold weather. There was positive feedback about the lovely park and the scenic course, which was much flatter than the more familiar Herbert’s Hole 10K in the autumn. (A good thing if you care about your time, or a bad thing if you like a challenge!) Several members appreciated the fact that the deer were polite enough to wait until the runners had gone through before going across the fields…
Jonathan Horan has been going from strength to strength. After a sub-17 PB at the parkrun the previous morning, he did the double, finishing a fine fourth with an impressive new 10K PB of 36:33. It won’t be long before he’s winning races like these.
Sarah Gerrie took the honours in the women’s race by just over half a minute. (The results show her finishing a minute behind a “female” called Matt Reeve, but there was surely a typo in there somewhere!)
Next home were Martin Daoud and Wilton Grey. Martin reports that they pushed each other along the route, taking it in turns to pace each other – finishing with a friendly sprint to the line. It was Wilton’s first official 10K event and Martin’s second – and also a PB for him.
Simon Turrell was another to clock a PB, as were Annick Hooge and Sughra Mohammedi (this isn’t supposed to happen on a multi-terrain course, they generally slow you down!)
Thanks to Cath Gunnewicht for taking these photos and for standing around to support on such a chilly day – she should certainly have got one of these medals. Annick said she especially appreciated her support at the 5k mark.
ESM results summary:
Men: 4 Jonathan Horan 36:33; 11 Malcolm Woolsey 41:54; 31 Martin Daoud (M55) 44:52; 32 Wilton Grey (M60) 44:54; 50 Simon Turrell (M45) 47:02
Women: 1 Sarah Gerrie (W35) 42:25; 25 Patricia Thomas (W50) 50:58; 42 Louise Prince (W45) 54:28; 53 Sophie Pesticcio (W40) 56:04; 74 Annick Hooge (W60) 1:01:06; 96 Sughra Mohammedi (W35) 1:05:00
Full results on runbritain