Run report no.140 6th July 2013
"Sun is shining, and the weather is sweet" so the song goes, by Bob Marley, and so it was on Saturday 6th July when 287 runners turned out for the 140th running of Braunstone parkrun's event. “287 ! But that’s yet another new attendance record isn’t it?” I hear you ask, and of course you’d be right ! It seems our number of runners happily looks to do the same as the ambient temperature recently……..continues to rise ! Excellent !! Bring on 300 !! (For some strange reason, just the very thought of that number makes me want to start working on my abs !)
On Wimbledon Ladies Final day it was really smashing to see so many runners heavy-breathing and grunting their way around the park. I’m sure we can all agree we are well served by the parkrun concept; you turn up, you run in an organised and safe environment, with no fuss or undue racket, aiming for the finishing line, manned by a lovely set of volunteers; it’s free for all, and there rally are no strings attached. At the end, you can quench your thirst with some water or deuce from your kit bag. And of course the net gain for all runners is improved health and fitness. Ace !!
I could go on about the Men’s Tennis Final on the following day, but I’m sure you’d prefer me to murray up and get on with reporting on the run
We haven’t got round to providing strawberries and cream at parkrun yet but we were visited on Saturday by the Cafe2U van selling a selection of hot and cold drinks. I did notice some runners and volunteers making some post-run purchases so it remains to be seen if this becomes a fixture at our event.
First runner home this week was Matty Adcock in a new PB time of 15:29. This Hermitage Harriers runner has placed first on 4 previous occasions. Unfortunately the 2nd runner home is recorded as an 'Unknown' runner; no barcode = no time given, DFYB. 3-time runner up Ian Smith finished 3rd on this occasion in 16:34.
Susie Ellison set a new PB of 21:22 to finish as the first lady home this week (42nd overall). Close behind Julie Page was the 2nd lady finisher in 21:23 (44th overall). Beaumont Running club member Jackie Davisworth was 3rd lady finisher in 21:58 (61st overall).
52 fantastic runners recorded new personal best times on Saturday ! (and the other 235 runners are not so bad either).
Glenda Barratt returned to Braunstone after a 14-month absence to record a 40+ second personal best: 25:49. Curtis Thompson ran a PB of 18:59 in his 16th parkrun at Braunstone, having arrived on the scene in November 2012 with a time of 23:17.
After running his parkrun debut last week dressed in full tracksuit and laces flying loose, Tekle Andebrhan returned this week in more streamlined attire to improve upon 20:06 to record 18:59 ! Under-14 runner Cian Palmer-Holmes improved on last week's PB by 15 seconds to record a new PB of 31:45. Mark van Der Enden improved on last week’s PB by a further 29 seconds to secure 20:25. West End Runner Shaun Newbold improved his PB by 16 seconds to record 21:11. Recent parkrun volunteer, Signe Blixt Wright secured a 7th consecutive personal best time (non-consecutive weeks) to run home in 27:23. Robert Holt was rocking the bare-chested look when he romped home in a new PB of 22:35, a third consecutive personal best.
There were 28 parkrun newbies in attendance on Saturday (including 6 junior runners); running times ranging from 21:21 to 35:13. A further 5 runners were visiting us for the first time from other parkrun home venues. We’re very glad to see you all here, we have a friendly and gregarious open-house here at Braunstone, and we hope that you will be back again soon to join us on our journey to 300 runners and beyond !
This week Adey Payne joined the 100-club at Braunstone parkrun. This West End Runners club-member first appeared at Braunstone parkrun’s 6th event in October 2010 and has been an almost ever-present since then. Adey’s first run-times were in the region of 24-25 minutes, within a year he’d got that down to just over 21 minutes. A cluster of PBs in recent weeks means his current PB is just under 20 minutes. Congratulations on making it to 100 runs Adey, your black jacket and t-shirt will be coming to a park near you soon.
Three runners ran their 50th run on Saturday to join parkrun’s 50-club: Lesley Griffin (first appeared in Braunstone’s 15th event in January 2011), David Evans (first appeared in the 17th event in February 2011) and Keith Hallam (first appeared in 79th event in April 2012). With 150 runs between them only Keith has ever ventured away from the Braunstone course with a recent solitary appearance at Newcastle parkrun. There’s nowt wrong with being a homebird. Well done the three of you on achieving 50 parkruns, we’re sure you’ll all look very slick in the new red t-shirts you’ll soon be receiving !
Well done to under-15 junior runner Katie Parker who ran her 10th run on Saturday after first appearing at our 123rd event in March of this year. Katie has the strange distinction of having run the same time on her 1st and 2nd ever parkruns, and which happen to be her fastest ever parkrun time. You will soon be receiving a well-derserved white t-shirt Katie !
Saturday saw Braunstone regulars Mark and Julie Thompson take in a spot of parkrun tourism whilst holidaying in the south-west of the country. They rocked up at Killerton parkrun, near Exeter. Mark’s feedback was that it was a deceptively tough course, good post-run refreshment facilities, and a great bunch of volunteers on hand.
A big hello to 164-run parkrun veteran Bernard Blundell and those other runners from Coventry parkrun who were visiting us today, some in fancy dress, as their home run was forced to make way for the Coventry Godiva festival held annually at the Coventry Memorial Park. We hope you enjoyed your change of scenery today guys, don't leave it so long next time. Braunstone is in the midst of exciting times just now, and we appreciate your presence !
On Thursday 4th July 2013 Braunstone parkrunners were invited to Braunstone Civic Centre for an evening presentation and buffet. Event Director Phil Caswell was ably aided by Mark and Julie Thompson and Phoenix Hoyle in explaining some of the ‘challenges’ brought about by Braunstone’s growing attendance. Phil explained at great length how, although volunteers had not been in short supply in recent weeks, essentially Braunstone’s parkrun event is served by a relatively small group of regular volunteers and what was really required was for additional people to step forward and have a go at some of the more technical volunteering roles; Run director, Run Timer, Funnel Manager, Results processor etc. The audience were given an insight into the results processing operation by Phoenix.
The key message given was that there is a need to expand the core group of volunteers in order to ensure a robust organisational infrastructure for Braunstone parkrun going forward; and to take some of the ‘pressure’ off the current volunteers. So, if ever you happen to sit there and wonder if YOUR services would ever be welcome on the volunteering side at Braunstone parkrun, the answer is invariably YES !!
Amongst some other bits of exciting news, was the revelation that plans are afoot to slightly alter our familiar running route on Braunstone park, not least to more ably accommodate our growing numbers ……….shock, horror, sacrilege……….watch this space !! And before you ask, yes we ARE still keeping the hill-in-the-middle (or “1-board hill” as Phil calls it! )
Congratulations to any Braunstone parkrunners who took part in the Desford Striders Big Charity Event on Sunday 7th July, running 7 miles or 3.5 miles, I’m sure the extra hot weather added to the challenge !
As usual our volunteers played a blinder on Saturday, so we thank them for helping us all to have a great run and a great experience at Braunstone parkrun:
Anne Catherine NEWBERY • Francis LUSK • Hannah WEBBE • Helen BENNETT • Judith BASER • Linda PULLEN • Melanie Deanne SNUTCH • Michael STIFF • Philip CASWELL • Phoenix HOYLE • Robert DOORE • Roger Martin PULLEN • Rose FARRIS • Steve HIBBEN • Stuart MORTON • Sue MELVIN
With particular thanks to any first-time volunteers for answering our call to arms.
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With thanks to Vickie Hallam, some lively and animated photos from Saturday’s run can be viewed by following the link to ‘Photos’ at the top of the page. Photos can also be viewed directly from the Flickr website; whereby photos can be ‘shared’ with Facebook accounts, tagged, saved as ‘favourites’, or you may wish to leave comments !
We hope to see you again next Saturday. Come with family, come with a friend, come by yourself and make some new friends, come with a household pet. All are welcome, however any children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult before, during, and after the run.
First-time runners are required to pre-register on the parkrun website and ALL runners should bring their printed barcode to each run (DFYB –Don’t Forget Your Barcode).
Remember: There are no strangers at Braunstone parkrun, they are just friends you haven’t said ‘Hello’ to yet !
Braunstone parkrunner and volunteer
Braunstone parkrun started on 25th September 2010. Please scroll to the bottom of the screen to see some historical facts and figures about Braunstone parkrun.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Braunstone parkrun Results Page.
- 100 Lap Challenge Event: Friday 12th July 7-9.30pm; Saffron Lane
- Northbrook AC 10k: 14th July 2013 http://www.northbrookac.org.uk/10k/index.htm
- Leicester City 5k Summer Series; Victoria Park; 7.30pm; Last Thursday in July and August 2013.
- Lutterworth Charity 5 mile Fun Run: 4th August 2013 http://lutterworthcharity5milefunrun.site40.net/
- National Forest 10K & Fun Run; 15th September 2013 http://www.jackrabbitevents.co.uk/national-forest-10k.asp
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