Last weekend saw a trio of pioneers travel over to Southsea, Portsmouth to take part in the Great South run. Nina Bond, Christian Boyce and Mark Deacon competed in the 10 miles route, which take the athletes from portsmouth Blue Reef Aquarium, along the coast towards Portsmouth Dock, then over to the University, back to Southsea, along the coast and back again to Southsea.
The Pioneers Trio who took part in the race were Nina Bond, who completed the run in 1:38:44. Christian Boyce finished in 1:17:33. For both Nina and Christian this was their personal best times for both 10 mile and 15K. Mark Deacon who wanted to finish the race near the hour mark, but managed to run an incredible time of 1:00:00, and finished 130th place. This was a personal best time also for Deacon. The trio did amazingly well, all to finished with personal best times, within a very popular race of 20,000 other athletes taking part.
Saturday saw Paul Wright and Kathy Saunders complete the Lanhydrock Park Run. A 5k route, with 144 athletes taking part in the race, which takes athletes around the Lanhydrock estate, taking in some beautiful scenery. While Julie Gregory competed in the Park Run at Eden. Another fantastic location for a free to enter 5k Saturday morning run. Lisa and Rob Kernaghan ran in the Bryn Bach Park Run, where Rob achieved first in his age group.
Last week also saw the Pioneers run another Return To Pioneers session, starting at the earlier time to the regular club runs, of 6pm. These sessions have been set up by the club, to encourage people who have been out of running for a while, maybe due to injury or another reason. Other Return to Pioneers sessions are planned for up and coming Thursday evenings.