Personal bests galore at wintry Melton parkrun

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It was a tentative morning in Melton Country Park on Saturday as parkrun organisers decided whether the course was safe to run.

Runners were warned in the brief of a few slippery patches, but the event went ahead as planned.

Despite the conditions, a field of 132 runners, including 28 first-timers, took on the blizzard-like conditions and 50 of them somehow managed to secure personal best times.

Notable performances came from 15-year-old Alex Riley, the first junior home, who finished fourth overall in a PB of 19min 50secs, just a second ahead of parkrun debutant Callum Power.

Katie Smith was the first lady home, also on her debut attempt, in a time of 24.32.

John Healey, meanwhile, became Melton parkrun’s first finisher in the 80 to 84 age category with a time of 53.20.

Shane Sharkey said: “We would like to say a massive thank-you to the 21 volunteers who made the event possible under such poor weather conditions and both welcomed and cheered along each competitor on their way around.”

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