This is the week that was…. 5Cake Night!

This is the week that was... 5Cake Night!

The Return of 5Cake Night

According to Google it was 517 days between our last official Cake Night and last Tuesday’s Cake night return and boy did we do it in style!

A fantastic 79 of us turned up on Tuesday to enjoy either the 5 Mile or 5km options and of course feast on the huge selection of cake! An amazing variety of cakes were supplied by our lovely members and a second helping was needed to start to empty the tables!

Before the refreshments could be started there was running to do, 11 runners took up the option of the 5 mile route starting at HQ. As we ran through the park it was rather emotional seeing a sea of red and black as 68 of you were there gathered to start the  5k run. For the 5 milers it was great to see members old and new taking on the challenge and realising and remembering how undulating the route is up to Derwent Road and back again. In the last mile Matthew Ma put the afterburners on and got to Parsons Park in double quick time.

Back to the park, and the 5k gang were set off by Captain Emily in waves, expertly led by several of our brilliant Run Leaders setting a nice steady pace on a perfect summer’s evening. As the runners completed their lap and finished in the park, they stayed to cheer on their fellow club members in true LFR style.

Back at HQ the real work was being done with our amazing volunteers giving up their opportunity to run to set up a banquet of magnificent sweet treats! I think you’ll agree the cakes were amazing and I for one certainly consumed more calories than I burnt on my run!

It was also great to see how generous everyone was, not only in the baking and supplying of cakes but also raising £279 for our charity, thank you!

We’re now all on countdown for September 7th and the next cake night!

parkrun & the weekend

Finally the arrival of the weekend once again means parkrun day! LFR were out in force across the country, as well as having numbers at our local parkrun venues.

VC Dougie celebrated his fastest parkrun time EVER at Linford Wood, whilst Jenny Hogan went to her old hometown and enjoyed Rushcliffe. Will Langdon and Dawn Kennedy continued their parkrun tourism, this time at Humber Bridge, where the sub 20 eluded Will once more!  Also on the parkrun tourism train were Michelle Evans Riches, who ticked Dalby Forest off the list, whilst Andy Griggs completed Clacton on the seafront. Houghton Hall was a popular choice last week but Dunstable Downs was once again the favourite where Anna Mead ran a course PB. Aylesbury saw 5 LFR’s taking on the fast, flat course, while Christine Ayers and Graham Copper opted for the mountains of Wendover. Returning to Dunstable Downs parkrun, did you see who Clare Kleanthous had a photo with?!

No prizes for guessing where LFR will end up this weekend!!

It’s holiday season of course and Gavin Prechner has been posting some very challenging runs in stunning Scotland, meanwhile I’ve been making friends with donkeys in the New Forest and Michelle made sure she clocked her 5k cake night run with a seaside run in Scarborough.


It seemed to be a quiet weekend for races, only Ruby Lee, Tasmyn Simpkins and Lynda Murray reported in. Tasmyn ran “Beat The Barge'' in Milton Keynes, she looked like she thoroughly enjoyed herself, especially on the ‘trails of MK’ AKA the towpath! Lynda completed a half marathon “Run Harwell'' describing it as the hardest half she’s done yet. Having had a quick Google the run takes in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside starting in Didicot. Ruby Lee was at the London Triathlon where she completed her first Sprint Triathlon, it sounded like she thoroughly enjoyed herself and the 'tri bug' might just have caught on! Well done you three...

What’s on your race calendar next weekend? 


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