International parkrun day was celebrated at the lake as 322 people ran and walked 2 laps of the lake cheered along by 42 volunteers in yellow. It was my 20th visit to the Arrow Valley parkrun and I was celebrating a completely parkrun milestone of reaching 1000 parkrun miles. 3.11 (miles) x 322 (parkruns) = just over 1000 miles so I reckon somewhere between the playground and the right turn after the bollard in the path 1000 miles came up. Thank you for the shout out at the start Rachel, I did hear it but I had lost all the people I came to the park with in the morning as I was trying to find somewhere to put my jumper!!
In the end I put it in the bottom of the buggy and my niece pinned the sign she had made onto my back and we headed to the start. I ran lap 1 with my niece who then decided she wanted to take her coat off. Wondering what she was going to do with it I took it off her and planned to wrap it round my waist. Thankfully I saw Tanya from Brueton who was supporting and she took it off me. We came up to some other runners and I got past but she decided she didn't want to keep up with me anymore and I ploughed on to the hill on my own. I managed to hold it together on the hill, keeping my pace steady, I think I managed to say "thank you" to the mini marshals at the top – if not, my apologies, your support was excellent!
Coming back to the café I knew a course PB was possible and I thought about sprinting from the turn which I started to do however I hadn't realised the finish had changed and it was now further away from the corner! My sprint slowed and I seemed to shuffle to the line. When the times came through I had my quickest Arrow Valley parkrun beating my 1st attempt in 2013! Hooray! As many of you know parkrun was started 14 years ago by Paul Sinton-Hewitt with the 1st run taking place in Bushy Park. 13 took part that day. What has taken place since has been amazing with new events starting all the time which is reaching new communities and starting new communities in towns and cities and country parks around the country. How many of the participants on Saturday have booked a holiday in the UK (or further afield) and looked at the parkrun website to see where the nearest run is? I know I do, much to the bemusement of my parents and in the old days my wife who used to roll her eyes about my requests for a weekend away just to run for 30 minutes around a park she had never heard of! Highlight for me of these requests has to be insisting she got up on her birthday in 2013 to run at Gorleston near Great Yarmouth – if you haven't run it and are away in this direction I recommend it, stunning on a sunny day! However the accommodation we were staying in, I was so happy to get out for a few hours (it wasn't the best) So thank you to the Core Team for delivering Arrow Valley parkrun which continues to be free and available to all. Thanks also to Paul Sinton-Hewitt who came up with this simple idea which gets us out of bed every Saturday morning to see our friends running around the lake
Volunteers This week there were 42 heroes in yellow, thank you to - Kevin TOMKINSON • Jenni TOMKINSON • Dylan GOULD • Gary KING • Gavin MOORHEAD • Mike GRIFFITHS • Richard GALLOIS • Rachel DAVIES • David OLDAKER • Liz ADEY • Rachel GOULD • Ricky YOUNG • Joanne MEYRICK • Alison BOLTON • Donna KING • Ria CANTELO-BPND • Elizabeth GRIFFITHS • Ian WIDDOWS • Paula WIDDOWS • Maureen MOORHEAD • Dean CLAPHAM • Sally EVANS • Lynda GREEN • Malcolm GREEN • Jo ABBOTTS • Trudie TAYLOR • Rashida BASHIR • Helen SMITH • Mark BRINDLEY • Paula BRINDLEY • Stephen REA • Dawn ELWELL-SUTTON • Mike ELWELL-SUTTON • Scott BEVERLEY • Karin AITKEN • Simon TAYLOR • Kate CHAMBERLAIN • Dylan SMITH • Janet GOODYEAR • Willow GREEN • Amelia SMITH • Olivia SMITH
Celebrations this week Congratulations to the following Arrow Valley parkrunners who entered one of the parkrun clubs at the event 25 volunteer club - Richard GALLOIS - 50 club – Angela LUCAS, Carl ORDIDGE, Hugo BEATTIE, Rebecca LUCAS 5 random stats from Arrow Valley parkrun this week This was event 327. In 327th position was no one! Today was the 14th parkrun anniversary. In 14th position was Wayne KETCHER who completed his 99th parkrun in 20:54 42 new PB's this week. In 42nd position was Leigh MILTON who completed his 1st parkrun in 23:37 The average run time for the event (overall) is 28:54. This was matched by 1 person this week – Sam LEWIS Position number of the week = 101 – James WHITEHOUSE who completed his 5th parkrun in 26:35 PB's This week there was 42 personal bests recorded. Here is a list of the parkrunners with over 50 runs who achieved a PB this week – Kevin TOMKINSON - 25:34 - 322 parkruns Ian P COOPER - 22:50 - 283 parkruns Jenni TOMKINSON - 28:15 - 206 parkruns Jane NOCK - 26:38 - 97 parkruns Lauren HEVEY - 26:11 - 67 parkruns Well done to all achieving a PB this week First timers 35 first timers took part this week, for 17 of them this was their 1st parkrun. Well done to all the 1st timers, hope you enjoyed your parkrun Official Report This week 322 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
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 9,376 participants have completed 86,663 parkruns covering a total distance of 433,315 km, including 15,154 new Personal Bests.
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Arrow Valley parkrun now has 7652 registered parkrunners