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Leverington Three Counties Running Club hold first #RunAndTalk event at Fenland RC-controlled King's Lynn parkrun for mental health issues

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On Saturday a lot of Parkruns were called off due to high winds and rain.

Saturday was a special day for Parkruns as it fell on a leap day which is the first time it has happened since the start of Parkrun and won’t happen again until 2048.

Fenland RC was in control of King's Lynn parkrun so Three Counties Running Club went along not only to show it’s support but also to have their first #RunAndTalk event. The idea is to help people suffering with mental health issues by getting them active by running and chatting. Sarah-Jane Macdonald and Gary Bligh have just been appointed as Mental Health Champions for the club and will be organising runs for anyone to attend throughout the year.

Gary Bligh and Sarah-Jane Macdonald #RunAndTalk Mental health Champions (30583376)
Gary Bligh and Sarah-Jane Macdonald #RunAndTalk Mental health Champions (30583376)

TCRC had a fantastic turnout of 32 members. Due to leap day there was a new spin to the course with everyone running the course in reverse which did seem strange to start with but by the second lap runners soon got use to it.

There was a big field of 433 runners with Lee Johnson finishing in 14th position in a great time of 19:37 followed by Daniel Barnes in 17th place in a great time of 20:06. Grabbing a fantastic PB in 26th place and 1st in age was Andi Woolley with a superb time of 20:50 just ahead of Gary Bligh in 21:00.

TCRC Kings Lynn parkrun 2.20 (30583373)
TCRC Kings Lynn parkrun 2.20 (30583373)

Other times: Matthew Knott 35th in 21:07, Jonny Clark 48th in 21:53, Kersten Müller 22:18, Michelle Brown 2nd in age 22:28, Nick Clarey 22:57, Stephen Rhodes 23:23, Sarah Melton-Whitelam 1st in age and a fantastic PB of 24:13, Antony Coultard 24:14, Sarah-Jane Macdonald 3rd in age 25:10, Lauren Day 25:19, Chris Rudd 26:02, Sarah Johnson 26:11, Cheryl Lenton 27:26, Victoria May 28:09, Tony Lamb 30:28, Sarah Lamb 30:54, Jodie Clark 30:55, Sandra Rhodes 31:00, Laura Vincent 31:02, Steve Whitelam 31:02, Matt Hunter 32:08, Lisa Woolley 32:31, Steve Clarke 32:39, Lorraine Parker 32:58, Isaac Western 34:06, Colin Apps 34:09, Jennie Sinclair 34:39, Donna Johnson and Debbie Agger both tail walking.

Sunday saw the ladies doing it in style at The Vitality Big half. This was Dawn Ball’s first half marathon and she was supported by the club's Amy Baxter. Both ladies were running this race to raise money for Manorfield Primary School in London to help children in deprived areas to help the relief or prevention of poverty.

The race started at Tower Bridge and finished at The Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The race goes through the four London boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich.

Both ladies crossed the finish line together in a great time of 2:10:38 giving Dawn her PB.

Junior Parkrun was lucky with the weather on Sunday with 29 participants and nine from TCRC. Coming home in first place was Jack Williams 8:07 ahead of Maisie Macdonald in 8:43, Keira Fines 9:58, Hayden Hall 12:09, Jake Trundle 12:11, Tyler Barnes 12:30PB, Kallum Hall 14:24, Stephanie Harbord 16:41 and Thea Clarke 17:24.

Junior runner Isaac Western along with his Dad Jason took part in the rescheduled 5k Winter Warmer Run at Nene Park in Peterborough. Isaac finished in a great time of 32:13 and Jason in 34:16.

Other parkrun results

Rother Valley: Melvin Green 30:14.

Snowden field: Morgan Harrison had a fantastic run finishing in first place in a great time of 19:46.

Next weekend see TCRC at The Cambridge half marathon and The Burghley 7.

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