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22 May

Potter Tri's New Approach

Night of the 10,000m PBs

Beth Potter and Andy Vernon were first past the post but the once neglected 25-lap event was the biggest winner at the fifth Night of the 10,000m PBs at Highgate Harriers' home track of Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday (20 May). Thousands of fans lined the track and even high-fived Vernon on his last lap in a raucous display of support and affinity with the athletes.

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19 May

Spartan Flying High At Aston Down

Obstacle race series Spartan returns to Aston Down Airfield this weekend (20-21 May) with an expanded event list, featuring a Sprint (5k+, 20+ Obstacles), a Super (12K+, 24+ Obstacles) and their debut endurance event – the fabled Hurricane Heat - designed to instil the ‘warrior ethos’ in participants through team-based challenges, where one will learn non-traditional problem solving, find endurance under duress, and experience the power of synergy designed to show the connection between teamwork and success and that one drives the other on both a personal level and as a member of something greater than oneself.

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19 May

More Than Just A Run In The Park

parkrun 2016 Annual Report

The global running phenomenon that is parkrun celebrated its twelfth birthday in 2016 and as it enters its teenage years has produced, perhaps belatedly, its first ever Annual Report. The 58-page report contains a wealth of amazing stories, facts and stats but was published just before the remarkable statistic emerged that over one million parkruns were completed during last month (April) – for the record it took seven years for the first million to be racked up!

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18 May

This Mum Runs Away With National Award

This Mum Runs in Bristol 10k

This Mum Runs is the simple title that masks the huge physical and emotional commitment behind the winner of the national Women's Sport Trust #BeAGameChanger Award 2017. The running programme, started by busy mum of two Mel Bound in Bristol in November 2014, has been voted 'Inspiring Initiative – Local' at a glittering ceremony in London's Troxy last Thursday (11 May).

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15 May

No Clowning Around At Town & Gown

Oxford Town and Gown 10k

There was a strong international flavour to the 36th Muscular Dystrophy UK Town and Gown 10K at Oxford on Sunday (14 May) as local character Paul Fernandez (M40, 32:36) turned over a field of 3,665 finishers. The Oxford-based teacher is probably better known as the Guinness World Record holder for the fastest marathon dressed as a clown (2:50:44).

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