parkrun report – 26th January 2019 by Amanda Crees

Brueton parkrun
Event number 445
26th January 2019

Report

Better together - walking, running or jogging with a group or club

It was great to see so many out and enjoying what turned out to be the best of the weekend's weather. Not quite the record numbers we have seen over the last couple of weeks but quite a significant number that look like they've started parkrun since the New Year. Well done if you are a newcomer! Keep up the great effort and stay strong with your resolution.

This Saturday we welcomed runners from 32 different running clubs across the UK, including my own club, Knowle and Dorridge Running Club. There was also a big tourist contingent from the Black Pear Joggers based in Worcester. We hope you enjoyed it and that the M5 was kind to you on the way back!

Before I started running 4 years ago in my early forties, I was under the impression that if you ran with a running club you were young, really fast and an amazing runner. I couldn't have been more wrong! After six months of running by myself and reading an article in the Knowle Parish magazine, I took the plunge and emailed K&D RC asking if I would be able to join. This was on the back of completing the Birmingham 10K in less than an hour and starting to think I might actually be okay at this running thing. Although I had never considered doing parkrun because I thought I was probably too slow for that!

Since joining K&D I have discovered the amazing benefits of running with a group of people; to the point that I seldom run alone anymore. In a nutshell and in my humble opinion, here are the reasons I think it's better together:

1. When you've committed to running (or walking) with someone else you are less likely to let that little voice in your head talk you out of it. You know the one... 'it's too cold', 'it's too windy', 'I'm too tired', 'I can go tomorrow'.

2. You'll make new friends and have a better social life. Since joining K&D I have had some amazing experiences, running races and parkrun's all over the country. I've even had weekends away.

3. You'll push each other to new heights. There will be loads of encouragement and people who keep you going, even when you feel like giving up.

4. You'll learn from each other. I have learned such a lot about technique, injuries, kit etc. from experienced runners that I'd never have known otherwise.

5. You'll support each other when it's tough. When people are injured or unwell there's always a support network surrounding them.

So, whatever your ability I would urge you to find a group of people to get together with and get motivated with. If you're not ready to join a club, chat to people you meet at parkrun and arrange to get together during the week.

If your experience is anything like mine, I promise you won't regret it.

Amanda

5 Random numbers

This week I managed to forget my barcode, so this week's random numbers are based on my number A2098138 and position.

In 209th position was Paul Nicol running his 19th parkrun in 25:59

In 98th position was Paul Cooper from Centurion running club, running his 232nd parkrun in 23:14

In 138th position was Mark Crampton running his 82nd parkrun in 24:08.

Pipping me to the post in 373rd position was Helen Baker from Kenilworth runners, running her 106th parkrun in 29:53, a new PB! Well done!

Hot on my heels in 375th position was Victoria Jackman running her 37th parkrun in 29:55.

New run club members

50 - Lynn COLLEDGE
50 - Zabair AHMED
100 - Jessica BURTON

Your volunteer team this week

Aaron MCCRONE • Abigail BEDNALL • Amanda CREES • Andy JOHNSON • Anita BLAND • Anthony DUTTON • Ben BEDNALL • Ben PENTON • Bhavya KAPADIA • Chris ATKINS • Chris RAW • Colin RICKWOOD • Daniel BATTERBEE • David RALPH • Dominic COOK • Elizabeth POMFRET • Fiona PENTON • Freddie TRUMAN • John A COOPER • John GARSIDE • John MEIKLE • John MINIHAN • Joseph PENTON • Karis CAPELIN • Kate BARR • Kitty ILES • Lianne LE SWANN • Lucia EGUIGUREN WRAY • Oliver SWANN • Paul WILLIAMS • Peter THOMAS • Phil WOOD • Poppy BAMFORD • Sarah CATTELL • Stephen BLAND • Stephen EVANS • Suna OZSOY • Viv PAYNE • William MAIDMENT • Zak CHOHAN • Zara JOHAL

Official report

This week 616 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 92 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 41 volunteers:

Sarah CATTELL • Paul WILLIAMS • John GARSIDE • Zak CHOHAN • Peter THOMAS • Anthony DUTTON • Andy JOHNSON • William MAIDMENT • John A COOPER • Kitty ILES • Suna OZSOY • David RALPH • Oliver SWANN • Viv PAYNE • John MINIHAN • Zara JOHAL • John MEIKLE • Chris RAW • Stephen EVANS • Phil WOOD • Colin RICKWOOD • Poppy BAMFORD • Fiona PENTON • Amanda CREES • Dominic COOK • Joseph PENTON • Anita BLAND • Aaron MCCRONE • Lianne LE SWANN • Abigail BEDNALL • Chris ATKINS • Kate BARR • Karis CAPELIN • Ben PENTON • Stephen BLAND • Elizabeth POMFRET • Freddie TRUMAN • Daniel BATTERBEE • Lucia EGUIGUREN WRAY • Ben BEDNALL • Bhavya KAPADIA

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

The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 14:39 on 19th October 2013 (event number 168).
The female record is held by Katrina WOOTTON who recorded a time of 16:20 on 12th August 2017 (event number 371).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila CAREY who recorded 97.16% (21:06) on 18th September 2010 (event number 9).

Brueton parkrun started on 24th July 2010. Since then 13,685 participants have completed 128,280 parkruns covering a total distance of 641,400 km, including 21,145 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,079 individuals have volunteered 11,138 times.