One of the nice things about the scarcity of races in these times is that we can focus on some of the runners that may not always enjoy the spotlight. This week we had three runners taking on the Virtual Run Your Town Dacorum 10k and one taking to the streets of Hemel to complete the 10k part of the Virtual Brighton Marathon Weekend.
First up on Saturday morning was Mary McCluskey hitting the streets at 8:30 to make sure she could fit in her 10k for the Virtual Brighton Marathon weekend before she had to travel to Hitchin for a top level lunchtime drinking date. Mary managed a respectable time of 1:07:29 for her 10k but, more importantly, was ready in plenty of time to make the trip to Hitchin.
Next up was Chris Howe who was attempting to run under an hour for 10k for the first time. He set off from Chaulden and ran through Boxmoor and Corner Hall to Kings Langley before returning on London Road for a mainly flat and fast 10k. He made the most of his astute planning to bag a PB and break the hour for the first time, finishing in 59:31.
Ines Trent set off early on Sunday morning for the Run Dacorum Virtual 10k. Ines chose a hilly route, running up Barnacres through Bennetts End to Adeyfield at the start. She didn’t manage to beat her 10k PB but showed she was running strongly by getting a Strava segment PR in the last km of her run. She completed her 10k in 1:19:25.
Finally, a little later on Sunday morning Tracy Scollin also took on the Run Dacorum Virtual 10k. This was only her second ever attempt at running 10k and she chose a tough start to her route, running up to Warners End from Boxmoor High Street in the first kilometre. Despite handicapping herself in this fashion she managed a very respectable 1:11:52 for the distance, also grabbing a segment PR toward the end of her run.