Parkrun Junior 2K
Junior BRJ’ers were in action at 2 Junior Parkrun Venues:
Herne Bay – George Jenner finished in 4th position overall securing a new Club 2K PB (#3 of 2023) by a 1 Min 6 Sec margin since his run at Cambourne in mid-October.
Jubilee Park – Iris Purser (1st Position) & Alexander Eason were again the sole BRJ Juniors.
There were BRJ returns to Bedford, Belvoir Castle, Carlisle, Coldhams Common, Ferry Meadows, Holkham, Pennington, Pocket, Mersea Island, Monsal Trail, Sheringham, Sixfields Upton, Storeys Field, Whittlesey & Woodhouse Moor. At Whitstable, Junior George Jenner made his Club 5K Debut,
At Huntingdon, Jonathan Harding secured 3rd position & Juniors Sophie & Stanley Coe both
made Club 5K Debuts. Sam Hathaway completed Parkrun #50 & Keith Simmons an amazing #400.
3 BRJ’ers were among the 262 finishers. Lead BRJ’er was Richard Braddick completing his Debut Club 10M in position 91 in a time of 1:18:55. Alice Edwards (position 121 in 1:24:15) & Amanda Roland-Convey in position 124 in 1:24:46) completed the team.
Beachy Head Marathon
Another member has joined the exclusive BRJ Marathon “Club”, namely Nicola Sparkes in her Debut Club Marathon, by successfully tackling this iconic event which is the biggest off-road Full Marathon in the UK. It was formerly known as the 7 Sisters Marathon until 2001. The race starts & finishes on a steep hill at the Western end of Eastbourne leading onto the South Downs. The terrain is quite tough in places with a course PB of 2:40:09 & only 40 runners have ever finished in under 3 hours. The landmarks such as Burling Gap, Cuckmere Haven, Belle Tout Lighthouse & the 7 Sisters hills are among many highlights over the course.
Nicola completed the race in position 661 / 1,156 finishers in a time of 5:55:06 & achieving an Age / Gender Graded score of 38.13% counting towards the 2023 BRJ Senior Running Championships.
Kerry Surkitt made a very successful return visit to Snowdon (aka Eryri) over a tough course comprising an 830 Metre elevation gain by finishing 13 minutes faster than her previous outing. Of the 2,228 finishers, Kerry completed the race in position 1,219 in 4:49:18 & securing an Age / Gender Graded score of 53.23% towards the Senior Running Champs.