Times tumble at Rushmere parkrun

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Nearly 100 runners took part in the second week of action at Rushmere parkrun.

But blustery winds and muddy forest trails did nothing to dampen the spirits of the participants and volunteers, and it was raining with personal bests as 19 people improved their time from the previous week.

The free weekly event is not a race, but a timed run through Rushmere Country Park that pits participants against the clock and their own performances from previous weeks. Runners receive their results by text message and email shortly after they finish, and can track their improvements over time on the parkrun website.

Phillipa Edmonds recorded the biggest improvement as she slashed almost six minutes off her best time to finish the five kilometres (3.1 mile) course in 29 minutes 48 seconds. Robyn Warner lowered her time by more than four minutes to stop the clock at 38:35, while Kylie Weaver crossed the line in 34:12, compared to 37:34 last week.

Among the 20 runners who were taking part for the first time was Emma Plendy, who finished in 32 minutes 31 seconds.

“Waking up to heavy rain and strong winds I wasn’t sure I was up for running but I am so glad I dragged myself out of bed. The event was really well organised and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“Being a first time mum it’s not easy to find the time to exercise, however being on a Saturday morning is perfect and really sets you up for the day. It was my first organised run and I will definitely be a regular from now on.

“It’s free and caters for all levels, kids included, and is a great way to meet new people and get fit at the same time.”

For the record, Damien Cesbron recorded the fastest time on the day with 20 minutes 13 seconds, while Anna Larkins was the first woman in 23:41. Henry Green led the junior men in 23:47 and Isabella Bidlake Hull was the first junior woman in 27:54.

Rushmere parkrun is open to all ages and abilities. It takes place at 9am each Saturday at Rushmere Country Park. Registration is free at www.parkrun.org.uk/rushmere