It was a double 'five-by-five' PB joy for Nigel Aston as he celebrated two new Personal Bests over the long weekend. On Saturday morning he achieved a new 5km PB at St Albans parkrun by finishing in eighth place in 19:05.

The following day Aston travelled to Headington in Oxfordshire to get a second PB in quick succession by completing the 5-mile road race in 31:31, taking over half a minute off his previous best time.

Howard Bull also achieved a new PB in the Headington 5-mile, in 34 minutes exactly.

Also at St Albans parkrun, Helen Cartlidge ran her 100th parkrun, where Paul Adams (16:32) and Heather Hann (19:30) were first male and female finishers respectively. Sybil Pearson ran her 50th parkrun at St Albans.

St Albans Striders also had the top male and female finishers at Heartwood Forest parkrun, with Jordan Lister coming in at 18:20, and Stacey Harris 21:57. David Worcester ran his 50th parkrun at Heartwood Forest. 

Mark Travers completed another marathon, this time on the Channel Island of Guernsey. He managed to finish the 26.2 mile course in 4 hours 18 minutes in conditions described as, "hilly, very wet, and very windy".

Jim Simpson braved tough conditions at the Kong Mini Mountain Marathon in and around Troutbeck Valley, north of Lake Windermere, battling wind, heavy rain and low temperatures, coming 117th out of a field of 174 competitors. 

St Albans Striders is a friendly club for all types of runners who meet by the Westminster Lodge Athletics Track building at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. More info can be found at www.stalbansstriders.com .

Report by Howard Bull. 

Photos from the Headington 5 by Barry Cornelius. 

Photo of Helen Cartlidge by Kate Tettmar. 

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