Athletics: Thornbury Running Club member Arnold sets new PB at Little Stoke parkrun

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AFTER the previous week's rash of park run personal bests, it was unlikely that there would be as many for Thornbury RC on Saturday.

At Little Stoke the only personal best (PB) was from Kevin Arnold in a time of 20:15.

Garry Slater finished in eighth place in 18:48, Malcolm Carr (24:25) ran well to just miss his PB by four seconds, while Karen Carr (26:47) kept ahead of Richard Illingworth (26:55).

Jack Grudgings also came close to his PB, running 20:04 to finish in seventh place at the Chipping Sodbury parkrun, while Graham Bishop (33:16) and Carole Bishop (33:15) both seem to have intimidated others in their respective age groups and so were sole representatives and winners of the VM70 and VW65 categories.

The Davies family were in Bolton and the parents had a quick sprint around the hilly Bolton parkrun, Andi coming second in 18:49 (1st VM45), and Nicky first VW40 in 23:52.

At the school's International event, Luke Davies finished 25th in 16.52 and sister Heidi was 11th in 17.38, both over 4.6km.

Kevin Arnold was part of a team in the Army half-marathon championships held within the Fleet Half Marathon.

He finished eighth in the Army Reserve category, which was 61st in the Army competition and 370th overall.

This result earned his unit's team second place in the Reserve Forces race.

Arnold's individual time of 01:35:27 was second MV40 in the Army Reserves.

Meanwhile, Judy Mills returned to the Peak District to take part in the Don Morrison Memorial Edale Skyline Fell Race.

The weather delivered a variety of conditions with wind at 25mph, gusting at 45mph, cancelling out any warmth in the sun, and with heavy showers falling as snow on high ground.

One thing the Skyline can provide is high ground as it traverses the southern edge of Kinder Scout as well as The Great Ridge during its 21 miles.

Although feeling strong throughout, a lack of speed saw her finish in a time of 5:25:41 to come 295th of 303 finishers, with 27 starters failing to finish.

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