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Three Counties Running Club members join leap year park run in King's Lynn




Three Counties Running Club (TCRC) members took part in the very first Parkrun on Saturday.

About 32 runners from the club, which serves Long Sutton, met in The Walks, King's Lynn, to support the event which included a new #RunAndTalk initiative.

The aim is to encourage people with mental health issues to get active by running and sharing their experiences.

Gary Bligh and Sarah-Jane Macdonald are TCRC's #RunAndTalk Mental health Champions.Photo supplied.
Gary Bligh and Sarah-Jane Macdonald are TCRC's #RunAndTalk Mental health Champions.Photo supplied.

Sarah-Jane Macdonald and Gary Bligh are TCRC's new Mental Health Champions and they will be organising runs for members and non-members to take part in throughout the year.

For the parkrun itself, with the event falling on a leap day, more than 430 runners took a route around the course in reverse to mark Saturday being a leap day.

Lee Johnson was the first TCRC runner to finish, coming 14th in 19:37, followed by Daniel Barnes (17th) in 20:06.

Andi Woolley set a new personal best of 20:50 in coming 26th,just ahead of Gary Bligh (21:00), Matthew Knott (35th in 21:07), Jonny Clark (48th in 21:53) Kersten Müller (22:18), Michelle Brown (22:28), Nick Clarey (22:57) and Stephen Rhodes (23:23).

Meanwhile, Sarah Melton-Whitelam was another to set a new personal best of 24:13, in front of Antony Coultard (24:14), Sarah-Jane Macdonald (25:10), Lauren Day (25:19), Chris Rudd (26:02), Sarah Johnson (26:11) and Cheryl Lenton 27:26.

Other TCRC finishing times - Victoria May (28:09), Tony Lamb (30:28), Sarah Lamb (30:54), Jodie Clark (30:55), Sandra Rhodes (31:00), Laura Vincent (31:02), Steve Whitelam (31:02), Matt Hunter (32:08), Lisa Woolley (32:31), Steve Clarke (32:39), Lorraine Parker (32:58_, Isaac Western (34:06), Colin Apps (34:09), Jennie Sinclair (34:39).

On Sunday, TCRC's Dawn Ball and Amy Baxter ran in the Vitality Big Half, covering 13.1 miles from London's Tower Bridge to the Cutty Sark at Greenwich.

Three Counties Running Club pair Dawn Bell and Amy Baxter at the Vitality Big Half (Marathon) in London.Photo supplied.
Three Counties Running Club pair Dawn Bell and Amy Baxter at the Vitality Big Half (Marathon) in London.Photo supplied.

It was Ball’s first-ever half marathon and both women ran to raise money for a school in London that helps children in deprived areas.

Ball and Baxter crossed the finish line together in a2:10:38.



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