Busy weekend

What a busy weekend Team SLGR have had

We kicked off with Tropicana Nights on Friday with some amazing 80’s costumes and some very suspect wigs. Thanks Mel Preston for organising.

Saturday morning saw the second KLAN mob match which unfortunately clashed with two other big running events this weekend so we only had a handful of brave souls taking on the other 6 clubs at Hoblingwell Parkrun including three runners who also ran on Sunday and all busted out PB’s which is very impressive. I don’t know what the score was but I’m sure we fought a brave fight against some much bigger opponents and as usual with SLGR it’s more about the taking part and the post run breakfast. Well done to all those who took part, hopefully next time we’ll have a more suitable date and lots more runners.

SLGR - Dartford Running Club Hoblingwell Parkrun photo SLGR - Dartford Running Club Hoblingwell Parkrun photo

Sunday was a double header with the Chatham Maritime 10k April GP event and the Paddock Wood half marathon which fitted in nicely for those training for London and Edinburgh marathons. The rain didn’t stop for either event but there were some very impressive times.

At the Chatham GP event Phil Batchelor and Michelle Loader both managed PB’s. Obviously the mob match was the perfect warm up for Phil. It looks like a nice course and relatively flat.

SLGR - Dartford Running Club Chatham 10K photo

I was at the Paddock Wood half marathon along with quite a few others, I think we got most of them in the photos either before or after but there is always someone in the queue for the loo who misses out. The toilet queues were pretty horrendous with two in a nearby hall that didn’t flush at all and had to be filled with buckets and the ever fragrant portaloos outside with a huge wait. The baggage tent was obviously leaking as our dry warm clothes for after the race were all a bit damp and cold. Apart from those two niggles it was a well organised and well marshalled event. The roads were mostly traffic free despite only the first two miles being closed and those cars we did see were patient and encouraging which makes a nice change.

The route is described as being relatively flat apart from a couple of hump bridges over the railway lines, I think there were actually five or six and they were fairly substantial humps but the rest was pretty flat, apart from the pot holes, there were a lot of puddles to dodge and the view mostly consisted of hedges, occasional houses and a peak at some fields but not a whole lot else. Having said that, it does have PB potential and was a pleasant run with lots of support, orange segments and jelly babies.

Both Gavin Mundy and Lesley Pilson broke the two hour barrier for the first time to claim very impressive PB’s particularly as they were also both at the mob match and Lesley was the only team member to attend three of the four SLGR events this weekend. I also managed a PB by three minutes along with my running buddy Natasha Godfrey who smashed her Dartford half time by six minutes.

SLGR - Dartford Running Club Team photo

It was a good last run before London for Jonathan Algar, Mark Browne, Alex Slatter and Kate Shutt, it’s all about the taper now, take it easy guys and enjoy race day.

Well done all

#TeamSLGR – Dartford Running Club