Runners were on the limits at Herts Fast 10K
Drift Limits Motorsport Academy, Hemel Hempstead provided a slick surface for 160 competitors
The handsome medal pictured above was the tangible reward for 160 finishers in the Herts Fast 5K and 10K at Drift Limits Motorsport Academy, Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 18 July, as the summer temperatures climbed to the highest of the year so far.
The blistering 30C-plus conditions did mitigate against truly exceptional performances but the flat, fast course of 2K and 1K laps around this private motor racing circuit proved popular with competitors and the F1-style grid starts kept the action Covid-secure on the eve of England's move to Step 4 out of lockdown.
The event was organised by Active Training World and the race day arrangements were certainly appreciated by Tracey Deeks, of Barnet and District AC, who posted this on Facebook: "A huge thank you to everyone involved in organising today. As always a well organised, friendly and supportive event - you are awesome".
Tracey was 52nd in the 5K (24:42) running much faster than her parkrun best (29:19) so might have more reason than most to be well satisfied with her efforts!
The men's podium in the 5K was occupied by under-17 prospect Sam Burnell (Dacorum & Tring, 16:17 PB), Jonathan Parr (Fairlands Valley Spartans, 16:47) and Douglas Coleman (Dacorum & Tring, 17:10).
The top three women in the 5K were W45 Helen Mulhall (Bearbrook RC, 18:38 PB), W35 Cara Huckstep (Trent Park RC, 19:36) and Francesca Durbin (St Albans AC, 21:27 PB).
The 10K had 76 finishers in 1:26:54 who were towed round the race track by Simon Hall (Huckson Tri Gear, 35:25), Adam Towle (Harrow AC, 36:15) and M50 Bruce Judge (Garden City Runners, 36:19).
The paciest ladies in this event were British 100-mile record holder Samantha Amend (Belgrave Harriers, 38:09) - fifth overall - Juliet Vine (Garden City Runners, 40:00) and Heather Hann (St Albans Striders, 40:04).
Full results can be viewed at runABC South race listing here
Image: Courtesy Active Training World on Facebook