Sunday 21st May saw the first of the Club Championship multi terrain 10Ks, writes Louise Prince, and also saw the first we’ve seen in a while of the Sun, which made for a very warm race.
20 club members, 13 men and 7 women, braved the heat of the morning to take on a course described officially as ‘flat/undulating’ but actually had a couple of what most of us would call ‘hills’… Along with them were a fair few familiar faces for those of us who run Northala Fields parkrun on a regular basis.
The runners were led to the start by a steel band before setting off on the first road part of the race. And then it was on to the ‘multi terrain’ part, through the undulations of Stockley Park.
It’s a beautiful course, but the faster members of the Club didn’t really get chance to savour it – there’s no way the likes of Manish and Santosh, getting back in under 38’, had the chance to appreciate the beauty of the landscape. They might even not had chance to wave at the band of ESM supporters dotted around the course (thanks for the support, guys, it’s great to see you out there). The rest of us had far more chance to savour the experience…
Across the bridge and a loop around the western part of the park before heading back across the bridge for the second half, and then back out onto the road for the final push to home, and an impressive medal as we crossed the line.
First ESM male home was Manish, in a speedy 36:37.1, followed by Santosh in 37:22.3, and third was Mark in 39:23.8. First ESM female was Louise in 51:18.3, followed by Liz in 52:42.1, followed by Annette in 53:30.8. Between them, they made second place in both the men’s and women’s team competitions.
Full results of the day can be found here and the ESM results can be seen below:
Men: Manish Kunmar 36:37.1; 10 Santosh Rai 37:22.3; 14 Mark Kencroft (M40) 39:23.8; 47 Javaher Sondh 44:36.7; 56 Andy Leung (M40) 45:20.6; 77 Kevin Falvey 47:19.3; 112 Tony Hursey (M40) 49:27.2; 121 Iskandar Mohammedi (M40) 50:30.7; 124 Chris Brown (M50) 51:11.6; 130 Gary Stringer (M50) 51:21.5; 173 Davinder Sohal (M50) 54:20.0; 202 Simon Turrell (M40) 56:13.7; 306 Philip Prince (M60) 1:04:09.1
Women: 13 Louise Prince (W40) 51:18.5; 22 Liz Mann (W50) 52:42.1; 24 Annette Galloway (W40) 53:30.8; 72 Pringla Awale Rai 1:01:41.7; 75 Claire King (W40) 1:01:58.9; 95 Sughra Mohammedi 1:04:26.6; 130 Nirmal Sohal (W50) 1:14:14.9