Double-jabbed to the fore at Run Richmond Park?
The Fix Events provided live race action with triple-header at Richmond
The Fix Events were delighted to welcome actual runners to a live event once again. Run Richmond Park series continued on Saturday (18 June) with 83 competitors taking part in the 5K, 10K, and half marathon.
This may have been less than 20% of the maximum entry limit permitted but it was another step back towards normality and the proverb that sprung to mind, highly appropriate for the glorious setting, was: 'great oaks from little acorns grow'.
Richmond Park is the largest of London's Royal Parks, measuring 3.69 square miles (2,360 acres) and was created by King Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park. The 630 red and fallow deer herd have roamed freely here since 1637.
The Tamsin Trail (11.6K) perimeter path is extremely popular with local club runners and the park hosts Richmond Park 5K parkrun, with an average of 288 finishers every Saturday.
With parkrun on hold until 24 July, it was perhaps surprising to see just 16 runners opting for the 5K on Saturday, with M60 veteran Nigel Burnell (20:41) and W60 Penelope Johnson (30:23) leading the way. Victories for the double-jabbed?
Tom Cheetham (M50, 42:50) and Elizabet Kaitell (W40, 48:26) blazed the trail in the 10K, where there were 50 finishers in 1:14:44). Were all the youngsters nursing sore heads after the Euro footy match?
Perhaps the half marathon would see some young bucks coming through the field? Not so, as the top three men were Steve Rule (M40, 1:22:04), Ian Roots (M50, 1:30:33) and Phil Hogg (M50, 1:31:07).
In the women's 21K race, W50 category runners Eugenia Burns (1:41:57) and Caroline Welch (1:50:52) held sway from Ciara Forde (2:04:09) – the sole non-veteran competitor – as 17 finished in 2:10:53.
The Fix Events are winding up to full speed with a broad portfolio of races planned and the next opportunity to get your hands on one of the superb Run Richmond Park medals (pictured) is on Sunday 29 August.
Results of Run Richmond Park in June are available via runABC South race listing here
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