Saturday morning's parkrun started with a panic and a fingers crossed moment on Friday evening. It was my turn this week to push the running buggy so I went to get it to make sure it was ready for the morning. On picking up one of the wheels, it was completely flat. My first thought was "just pump it up it will be fine" – so I did. However whether it was this or something else that was going round my head all night waking me up at about 5am this was the 1st thing I thought about. My fears were realised when I went downstairs and saw the tyre sitting on the kitchen floor - flat as a pancake!
The thought then came to me, get to the lake pump the tyre up just before the start and run with it anyway. I then pictured the lopsided buggy scraping along the path and a very uncomfortable ride for the passenger so decided against this! So it was back to the normal walking buggy which is difficult to run with however not impossible. I navigated the frozen grass to reach the starting point and set off right at the back of the pack near the 40 minute pacer. This is where the fun started – was it sun in the eyes or a blanket over eyes or the speed I was running (I doubt it) but my buggy passenger spent the majority of the run squealing! Perhaps he was enjoying it? As we passed the 30 minute pacer I could see Mummy in the distance and quickened my pace to catch her in the hope this would ease the squealing which it did for a little while until the hill...................slope...............incline.........and then it started again! Thankfully only 500 metres or so to go, left turn at Dylan at the top of the hill, down the hill, left turn going past the orange flash, right turn at the visitor centre and the finish was in sight. I collected my finish token and removed my passenger from the buggy and straight away the squealing stopped – hooray! Probably the promise of a banana or a biscuit that did it in the end. I should have done this 30 minutes before.
Fast forward to Saturday afternoon after a quick shower and change and visit to see Santa I was sat on the living room floor mending the 2 holes in the inner tube. All fixed now and ready for a buggy run at Kettering parkrun in 2 week's time.
Brilliant to see the line up of pacers this week, I hope this helped you achieve your PB. My wife achieved her 1st ever sub 30 minute parkrun on her 171th attempt. She was close last week at Brueton but beat it this week and this week stayed somewhere between the 30 and 29 minute pacer. She was elated to achieve it and couldn't stop beaming all day.
At the lake this week was 356 finishers, the 62nd highest attendance, all supported by the wonderful heroes in yellow (see below). There was 6 members of the 10 club, 85 members of the 50 club, 71 members of the 100 club and 3 members of the 250 club.
This week's heroes in yellow -
Liz ADEY, Nigel BRAITHWAITE, Tom BRISTOWE, Mandy CHAMBERS, Colette CHURCHILL, Alan COOMBS, Kerry DILLON, Andrew EDGINTON, Dylan GOULD, Rachel GOULD, Chloe GOULD, Mark GREETHAM, Lucy GREETHAM, Simon HANSON, Anita HARTLEY, Hollie HEFFERNAN, Kristabel HILTON, Ian HURST, Melba JONES, Gary MANDERS, Stephen MARCHANT, Steven MILLER, Ellie MOSS, Becky NORRIS, Diane PALMER, Kevin PARSONS, Paula PATON, Sophie PATON, Sian PERRY, Hannah PRZYBYLAK, Tom ROBINSON, Lesley ROWLAND, Andy SCOTT, Alison STANLEY, Kate SYKES, Andy TERRY, Guy WALTON, Dave WHITTAKER, Paula WIDDOWS, Joshua WISEMAN, Huw WISEMAN, Jayne WOODWARD, Ricky YOUNG
Celebrations this week
Congratulations to the following Arrow Valley parkrunners who entered one of the parkrun milestone clubs at the event
10 club – Liam BANKS
50 club – Mark BRINDLEY, Paula BRINDLEY
100 club – Andy SCOTT
5 stats from Arrow Valley parkrun this week
This was event 283 at Arrow Valley. In 283rd position was Colette CHURCHILL who completed her 62nd parkrun in 33:40
43 volunteers made the event possible this week. In 43rd position was Andrew SHEPHARD who completed his 142nd parkrun in 22:02
64 new PB's this week. In 64th position was Unknown! DFYB next week
The average run time for the event (overall) is 28:43. The closest to this time this week was Mandy CHAMBERS who completed her 75th parkrun in 28:42
Position number of the week = 276 – Louise CARROLL who completed her 71st parkrun in 32:58
This week there was 64 personal bests recorded. Here are the PB's who have completed over 50 parkruns –
Jessica NIELSEN - 30:47 - 51 parkruns
Mindy JONES - 29:45 – 55 parkruns
Paula WIDDOWS - 30:49 - 59 parkruns
Chris ROSS - 28:59 – 61 parkruns
Christopher DREW - 18:48 – 69 parkruns
Lesley ROWLAND - 25:37 - 84 parkruns
Kevin PUGH 25:16 - 86 parkruns
Karl SMITH - 19:52 - 110 parkruns
Simon HANSON - 28:13 - 116 parkruns
Jenni TOMKINSON - 29:44 - 171 parkruns
Sandra Jane DUNCAN - 30:31 – 176 parkruns
Well done to all achieving a PB this week
16 first timers took part this week, for 8 of them this was their 1st parkrun. The most experienced 1st timer (in terms of runs completed) was Louise BICKLEY who completed her 109th parkrun at the event
This week 356 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 64 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:
The female record is held by Becky STRAW who recorded a time of 17:49 on 23rd August 2014 (event number 110), and by Kristen FINDLEY who also recorded a time of 17:49 on 25th July 2015 (event number 159).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 15:08 on 10th September 2016 (event number 219).
The Age Grade course record is held by Bronwen G CARDY who recorded 94.03% (21:14) on 12th September 2015 (event number 166).
Arrow Valley parkrun started on 14th July 2012. Since then 7,845 participants have completed 69,716 parkruns covering a total distance of 348,580 km, including 12,790 new Personal Bests
Did you know?
Arrow Valley parkrun now has 6656 registered parkrunners