1 Feb

New Edinburgh Prison Record

Pic by Andrew Jeske

182 runners braved the bitter cold temperatures and the icy cold wind at the Edinburgh parkrun on Saturday, January 30 as Keith Hood led a trio of sub 17 minute runners home and Jill Knowles smashed her course record.

1, 3 and 4 for Prison Runners

66 athletes contested the women’s event, with Jill Knowles (32) winning for the third time in her third attempt and setting a new course record into the bargain. The Scottish Prison Service AAC runner took an impressive 27 seconds off of her previous record to finish in a time of 17:53. Hunters Bog Trotter Claire Gordon (33) upset the Scottish Prison Service lassies attempt to secure a full podium, by earning second spot with a time of 19:29. However this didn’t take any shine off the day as Knowles club mate Jennifer Telford (40) secured a new PB and became a sub-twenty 5k runner for the first time, finishing in 19:48 to earn third place. Nicola May (37) shaved 15 seconds off of last week’s Glasgow parkrun time to ensure a 1,3,4 for the SPS, with a time of 19:53.

First Time Hood wins but just misses out on a sub 16

In the men’s event it was first timer Keith Hood (37) who secured glory, finishing with an excellent time of 16:00, just ten seconds out of his all time PB. The Corstorphine athlete beat Lothian’s second placed Brian Turner (36) by some 27 seconds. This was Turner’s eighth attempt at the Edinburgh parkrun, which he has won on two occasions. Earning third place was another first timer to the Cramond event, far travelled Lowestoft Road Runner Carl Prewer. The Suffolk athlete celebrated his recent 40th birthday by finishing in 16:37 thus ensuring that the top three places were all sub 17 minutes.

View From the Front

Women’s course record holder Jill Knowles told www.scottishrunningguide.com: “We had hoped for a 1, 2, 3 but it wasn’t to be. Still I was happy with my new course record, so I can’t complain. It was bitter cold and we had a strong head wind in the second half, so hopefully we can still chip some more off of our times. A huge vote of thanks to the volunteers who make the free, weekly event such a success, unfortunately I will miss next week's race but hopefully do it again in a fortnight.”

Jo-Anne Dudgeon closed her first and the 15th Edinburgh parkrun, placing 182nd with a time of 41:06.