Report writer: Rhona Stainthorp
Photographer: Daryl Copleston Jobling with some extras from Ian Ross of Dinton Pastures
Happy New Year to all. It was one of those lovely lucky accidents that the 200th Bracknell parkrun fell on January 1st. Yet again the wonderful team organised a perfect event.
It really needs a writer with the wit of Clive James or Victoria Wood or Benjamin Zephania to celebrate this auspicious occasion. Or perhaps we should have commissioned the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to rejoice. Instead, it falls to me to try to express the enormous thanks that the 8,416 people who have turned up to Great Hollands, on one or more Saturdays since April 4th 2015 want to give to the core team.
So a huge vote of thanks go to: Andy Scott, Gill Manton, Lisa Plummer, Martin Riley, Naomi Aitken, Rachel Stockdale, Robin Briscoe, Simon Light, and Steph Clare. Parkrun etiquette forbids me from claiming that Bracknell is the best organised event in the world….. but ……..!
We also need to thank Bracknell Council for their support and the Golden Retriever pub for allowing parking in the early hours of Saturday mornings.
Andy gave a few figures in his welcome speech on Tuesday.
If I add the data from the 200th run, we find that the average number of people per event (rounding to whole numbers) is 300 and the average number of volunteers is 24. These are wonderfully healthy figures. Indeed on Tuesday there were 51 runners who are members of the Volunteer 25 Club – that’s 11% of the field. And some of them chose to wear their purple.
Volunteering is really great fun, and if every runner made the New Year’s resolution to click on the volunteer tab just 4 or 5 times this year the run directors’ lives would be mightily smoothed. Go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bracknell/futureroster/ and take your pick!
Now for the important facts of New Year’s Day 2019. It all starts away from Great Hollands. Just after sunrise 597 people turned up to Dinton Pastures to enjoy a run around the lakes. There were some bird watchers who looked a bit startled. Of these runners 93 then bounded over to Bracknell to start it all over again.
Many thanks to the organisers at Dinton Pastures who hosted their first New Year run. It was such a success that they ran out of finished tokens and yet still managed to process the results by Tuesday afternoon. I’m sure Dinton were grateful for the support of Kerry who managed to volunteer at both events.
As usual there were some important milestones to celebrate. Robyn will be looking forward to receiving her 10 club white t shirt and Charlie become the youngest member of the 50 club at Bracknell so should soon be wearing his red shirt.
He’ll be joined by Ann MYCROFT, Rebecca NEWNHAM, Christine JOHNSON and Diana BROWN who all made their 50th run.
There was just one 100 run to celebrate. Steph Clare saved New Year’s day to run her 100th.
Steph was one of the Dinton runners as well and then volunteered to close down our event leading to a total of 107 volunteering activities for her.
Twenty-one people chose Bracknell as the place to make their first parkrun. They were joined by 74 tourists who were visiting us for the first time. Despite this being the morning after New Year’s Eve, 37 people felt good enough to achieve a new PB. The rest of us have a whole year to strive for our 2019 PB.
Then sum total of parkrunners for New Year was 463 and this is what they looked like:
Here are the stand out results for the day
The first three males into the funnel were:
1 James RENNIE (JM15-17) from Reading Roadrunners in 18:58 (71.18%)
2 Graham N ROBINSON (VM35-39) from Sandhurst Joggers in 19:06 (69.02%)
3 Henry FIELDSEND (JM15-17) from Bracknell AC in 19:13 (72.42%)
This was James’s first visit to Bracknell and he obviously found it to his liking because he had used Dinton Pastures as a warm up run and bettered his time by 1:01!
The first three females were:
1 Martha HALL (VW40-44) from Garden City Runners in 23:33 (65.82 % )
2 Marnie FIELDSEND (JW11-14) in 23:33(70.63 %) – a good day for the family
3 Francesca PARKES (SW20-24) in 23:38 (62.62 %)
Martha was a first time tourist to Bracknell and both Marnie and Francesca achieved PBs
Judith GUEST (VW70-74) achieved the highest age grade with 73.93% (31:08) having already been the 2nd in the age grade category at Dinton Pastures with 79.32%.
Henry FIELDSEND again features, having gained the second highest age grade percentage with 72.42%.
And Benjamin SHEPHERD (JM11-14) was third with 71.94% (20:40). This was Benjamin’s first run at Bracknell.
As these great photographs taken by Daryl show, it might have been the morning after the night before, but Bracknell parkrun certainly promotes health and happiness:
The dress code for the day was parkrun colours:
And some people managed a sartorial change between Dinton and Bracknell
Whereas – look carefully here – it is possible to wear four parkrun colours all at once!!
But whatever we wear it’s joy at to run one at 8:30:
And even more when finishing the second just a couple of hours later:
Now for the next year of success for all at Bracknell. Enjoy your runs and perhaps make a New Year’s resolution to run and volunteer – get the best out of both worlds.
Of course it is now January and the weather is getting colder - 10 is the predicted temperature for Saturday so wrap up warm. Keep your fingers crossed that the pavilion may be finished this year and then there will be hot drinks and much needed loos for all!
This week 463 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 95 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:
Patrick WADSWORTH • George GREEN • Martin REILLY • Nathan VURGEST • David HERRING • Debra HARRIS • Andy SCOTT • Chris MANTON • Mike SANKEY • Gill MANTON • Charlie MANTON • Ian COX • Debbie WATSON • Sian THORNLEY • Steph CLARE • Simon LIGHT • Sir Joe KEEFE • Doug BRADY • Rhona STAINTHORP • Allan QUIMBY • Heather SINCLAIR • Jan JALOVY • Miriam STALLARD • Kirstie KING • Evie KING • Harry BOOTHER • Mark COUCHMAN • Kerry SCOTT • Daryl COPLESTON JOBLING • Robert AVERY • Imogen AVERY • Heidi PAISLEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bracknell parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).
The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 8,416 participants have completed 59,961 parkruns covering a total distance of 299,805 km, including 10,201 new Personal Bests. A total of 637 individuals have volunteered 4,885 times.