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5km Masterclass Progress Update

There was a mixture of joy and sadness at Saturday’s 5k Parkrun progress check, as we concluded the Dash for Fitness Winter 5k Masterclass, in association with Hillingdon Athletic Club. Sadness because, as we’re moving to Thursday nights, some Masterclassers are unable to participate until Saturdays return in September. However, there was also lots of joy, as everyone finished with a fabulous fanfare and when the dust finally settled behind them, the12-week scoreboard showed massive progress by both the improvers and the “non-runners”.

Bhavesh achieved a new pulsating PB of 22:28, despite missing half of the training sessions; Rohit took a tasty 2:45 off his previous PB when running 25:25; Jay took a fabulous 4mins+ off his PB; whilst Arunima and Andrea both took a truly terrific 2mins+ off theirs. As for the previous non-runners: having already done brilliantly to achieve their first goal of completing a 5k, Fauzia and Jane did fantastically to take c4mins off their first 5k times, and Cindy took a superb 6mins+ off hers, finishing Saturday’s run in 31:38. However, my final words have to be reserved for the achievements of Thomas, who went from not being able to do a continuous run of >200m (although it was a very fast 200m) to running a phenomenal PB of 26:03 on Saturday. Congratulations Thomas and to all the Masterclassers, you’ve been a real pleasure to coach, and thanks also to James for his help.

The Spring Masterclass starts on 22nd March and is already fully booked but, if you’d like to sign up for the 12-week Summer Masterclass starting in June (sessions will be held in Ruislip on Thursdays at 7.15pm), then please email your interest to dashforfitness@btinternet.com.   It costs £20 in advance for the first 4 weeks. Alternatively, you can pay for all 12 weeks at a discounted rate of £50.