Barking parkrun – Event number 24 – 29th December 2012

Barking parkrun - Event number 24 - 29th December 2012

So the rain left us alone today, but to stop us getting lonely, did give us his best friend otherwise known as “windy” – so blowy in fact, we kept having to run after bits and pieces flying off! Not a morning to be stood around too long after finishing, as the wind started to pick up as the morning wore on. A good mornings run and I got to talk to a couple of parkrun tourists as well as one lady who was running Barking parkrun for the first time.

Men's placings:
First timer to Barking parkrun, and general parkrun tourist Stephen Stockwell surprised even himself by being first over the line this week, in a time of 20:03. Sporting his new trainers courtesy of Sweatshop, (being November Sweatshop winner) Barking parkrun regular Chris Muthaka was second over the line in 22:12. To complete the line up of the first three males, Mahbub Khan (another Barking parkrun regular) crossed the line in 23:03.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Shahzad Buttv - 1664 pts.
Chris Muthaka - 1630 pts.
Mahbub Khan - 1596 pts.

Women's placings:
Barking parkrun regular, Amanda Jane Heslegrave of Dagenham 88 Runners, was first female (third overall) to cross the line in 22:30, her thirteenth time in 15 appearances. Nikki Cranmer of Barking Road Runners, was second (9th overall), crossing the line in 26:18 and has been first female finisher previously. Vicki Groves of Barking Road Runners, completed the line up of top three women, finishing in 12th place overall, in a time of 26:45 and has also been first female to finish previously.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Amanda Jane Heslegrave - 1797 pts.
Alison Fryatt (UKnetrunner) - 1349 pts.
Joanne McFarlane – 1013 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Amanda Jane Heslegrave was graded 69.41%. Steven Stockwell was graded 65.75%. Chris Muthaka was graded 60.14%.

This week there were 21 runners, of whom:
4 were first timers and they were; Stephen Stockwell, Andrew Tegg, Brian Boyle and last but not least, Andrea Grazette.

3 recorded new Personal Bests and they were the beginner ladies from both local running clubs. Maria Bartlett knocked 2 seconds off her PB from 8th December, to take her new 5K time down to 27.51. Emma Baldwin finished this week in 33.54 and her times have consistently improved; her first run was in mid-November this year and took her 39.32. And to complete the trio, Kathy Stapleton finished this weeks run in 39.33, knocking off over 4 minutes since her first parkrun on 17th November in a time of 39.33.

Representatives of 5 different athletics clubs took part. Barking parkrun started on 28th July 2012, and since then 241 different runners, including participants from 48 athletics clubs, have completed 717 runs covering a total distance of 3,585 km, and there have been 173 new Personal Bests.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Barking parkrun Results Page.