Claire Whitwell and Rosie Wigg were in 10K action on Sunday (1st February) in this year's running of the Dewsbury 10K. This event attracts a huge field as it's an archetypally flat and fast PB carrot-dangler. Unfortunately, Sunday's chilly north wind was a bit of a goal-dasher and made the outward 5K leg a freezing cold blue-lip-making slog. In spite of the harsh Arctic conditions Rosie still managed a good solid 48min run - not too far from her best time on this course - while Claire (pic) rose well to the chilly challenge and beat her most recent 10K best (run a few months ago on the equally fast Leeds Abbey Dash course) by 20 seconds. Impressive!
Emma S was joined by a slowly-coming-out-of-hibernation Steve W at Doncaster parkrun on Saturday where conditions on the mainly grass-surfaced course can best be envisaged by imagining a deep muddy bog full of slushy icy-cold water. Emma enjoys the challenge of such conditions whilst Steve is known to become irrationally grumpy at the prospect of running through even the shallowest of puddles. One of the GV's present finished with a grin: the other didn't. What they did share was 5th positions - with Emma being 5th female and Steve 5th overall (and age-group winner).
Taking conditions out of the equation, the Doncaster parkrun is a pleasant multi-lap affair, and for the time being remains a 'small' concern with a very friendly atmosphere. Recommended!