Mick W and Emma S were in running action this weekend but had very different experiences.
Mick, still gently returning from a nagging foot injury, had a go at the new Wakefield Thornes parkrun which - for anyone interested in visiting - he reports as being a good, testing, undulating mixed terrain affair. A very respectable 13th overall in 21.03 amongst some very stern-faced Wakefield Harriers (the local 'serious race' club) bodes well for some off-road sprint duathlons that Mick has coming up.
Emma had it tough on Sunday. The Isle of Axholme half marathon had a good number of the field excited by the prospect of PBs on what should be a fast course in this esoteric area; the weather had other ideas though. Unseasonable stiflingly hot / humid and no-oxygen-stuffy type conditions sapped the strength and will of just about all the field with many retirees and many who finished clocking personal worsts. Emma confesses to considering packing on a few occasions but battled on to the finish line; a silent gathering point for exhausted and bewildered souls.
Running is fun.