This weekend was a double success for a few brave Queen Park Harriers who took on the Osterley Park 10k before competing in the Summer League 10k in Harrow the following day. Everyone who took part on the day agreed the conditions were less than ideal for a PB; the sweltering temperatures and humidity made for practically tropical conditions, despite it being relatively early in the day. However, there was considerable success to celebrate. Johnny Suttle was third-time lucky and took the race win in a time of 35:39 (having finished second in his previous two attempts), with the second place male a huge 2:30 behind. Continuing his incredible running streak, Alan Lawrenson finished 14th overall in 40:25, having run Osterley parkrun just an hour earlier in 19:02.
Paul Scullion was the next Harrier over the line, just two places behind Alan in 16th place. He finished in a quick 40:42, but that was just the start of his weekend of preparations towards Race to the Stones 100k in July (he also ran the Summer League 10k the next day, and a 20k training run on Monday).
Madeleine Fforde took advantage of her free race place, having volunteered at the December event. She was the 8th senior lady past the finish line, completing the race in a speedy 45:16. Danielle Howe was the fourth Queens Park Harrier taking part, battling through the heat to finish in 57:29. The impact of the weather was clear as she took four minutes off that time at the Harrow Summer League 10k on Sunday, considerably cooler conditions.