Royal Parks Half Marathon, London. 8-10-17
Two members of GYRR ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday. This stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens. It was first held in 2008 and has gained in popularity to see 16 000 entrants this year.
Lorrain Dawson ran in memory of her Dad wearing the Arthritis Research vest. She had a picture of her dad on her vest which gave her comfort during the challenging moments. Finishing in a time of 1 hour 55 minutes and 54 seconds, this was Lorrain’s fastest half marathon in two years. This is good going considering how busy the course was with many runners to navigate around.
Also running for a charity, this time Scope, was Paul Reeve. Scope is a charity dedicated to making this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. Competing for the third time in this event, Paul was delighted to run a personal best time of 1.38.22 knocking off 3 minutes from his previous best. Well done to you both.
Report by Penny Studley with a contribution from Lorrain Dawson.