Weekly Serpie round-up

With most races falling victim to Emma and the Beast, all eyes turned to The Big Half aka the Serpentine half marathon champs on Sunday.

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The Big Half

More than 90 Serpies took part in the inaugural The Big Half, which also served as the British Athletics Half Marathon Championship for 2018. Provisional results show that Tony Payne (67:46 - PB), Will Green (68:16 - PB), Chris Wright (68:42 - PB) and Chris Oddy (68:50 - PB) all finished in the top 25. We expect that this will secure the men’s team prize, although this is yet to be confirmed. Xavier Gruot (69:57 - PB) and John Franklin (71:00) rounded off the top 50 performances. Other PBs came from Martin O'Connell, Greg Darbyshire, Julian Barbour, David Mohring, Matthew Hardcastle and several others besides. Will Green was 1st V40 and John Fassnidge 2nd V65 (1:40:45).

Tash Sheel meanwhile led the Serpie women home in 84:11 (PB). Other notable mentions go to Julie Pickering, Sophie Anne Flanagan, Nicola Kaye, Debbie Lowi, Frances Ngu and others who all ran PBs. Many more Serpies came out to volunteer and to cheer on the runners, and it was great to see a good crowd of Serpies enjoying post-race drinks the Greenwich Tavern. Thank you to Sarah Maisey for organising! Full Serpie results are available on the club website.

(Photo credit: Chris Oddy; top 5 finishers, from left to right: Chris Wright, Will Green, Tony Payne, Chris Oddy, Xavier Gruot) 

Parkrun results for 3 March 2018 (22 runners)

Top 5 by time and age-grade

NameEventTimeGender #  NameEventTimeGender #  NameAge-graded
Milan MisakWimbledon Common17:091  Jillian ConveyWimbledon Common28:1931  Milan Misak75.22%
Emile DunandEast Coast Park (Singapore)20:067  Stephanie VaatzCanons Park30:518  John Hudspith66.62%
Christian MorrisBushy21:0871  Penelope ThesenOld Deer Park36:2132  Steven Kjar66.46% 
Steven KjarHockley Woods21:108        Robert Maslen66.13% 
Raoul MansukhaniRichmond23:2439        Dean Morley64.37% 


1 Serpie achieved an event PB last Saturday. Congrats to all parkrunners, it wasn't an easy task to find an event last Saturday!

Busiest parkruns (3+ Serpies)

Wimbledon Common (6)

Full consolidated Serpentine results. Can't see your result? Updating your parkrun profile with Serpentine RC as your club should do the trick.

Get involved!

Would you like to see your or a fellow club member's achievement featured in the next round-up? If so, it'd be great to hear from you. Simply drop me an email by Tuesday 9am with a few words about the event and, if you have them, photos (please ask for permission if someone else took the pictures; we will not tag anyone). 

If your result is missing from the club website, you can add it yourself or, if the race isn't listed in the dropdown menu, contact the Results Elves at results@serpentine.org.uk. Even better, simply add your name to the Race & Event Planner in advance and name SERPENTINE as your club when you enter races to ensure your results are added to your profile.

With thanks to: David Chalfen, Alex Jeffreys, Tom Poynton

Eda Korkmaz

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Submitted: 6 March 2018