DAVID Parkin was the first Stratford AC runner home in the second edition of the Alcester 10k
The race, organised in conjunction with Alcester Community Trus for the second year, brings out the crowds, not only to run but to watch, and enjoy the street festival atmosphere at the finish in the High Street, complete with open pubs and cafes, and even a Punch and Judy show.
The Stratford team decided the terrain was best described as “lumpy”, undulating more and more steeply before the final flat 2k. The twisting lanes meant that it was also important to follow the racing line through the bends to avoid running significantly more than the official distance.
Parkin led the Stratford runners home in 17th place, in the excellent time of 40:54. Next up, Karl Harris (83rd, 46:18) was just in front of Roger Wilson, celebrating his selection for England Masters cross-country team, with a time of 46:25 and the V65 category prize.
Phil Brennan (100th, 47:15) was second V65, followed by a gaggle of runners around the 50 minute mark. Lynne Hinson (137th ,48:44, 5th V45) was comfortably inside the mark, with Penny Stainthorp (139th, 49:06) cruising to first V55 prize.
Chris Whately (142nd, 49:17) claimed thirdMv65 place, while Suzi Graham produced a gritty performance in 163rd, 50:53. Evergreen Alan Coldicott (179th, 52:05) was steady as ever in 10th MV55 spot followed by Jean Hill (58:56, 6th FV55) and Nicola Reynolds (329th, 59:57).
Report by Phil Brennan.