Thank you very much to Neil Fairbrother for writing this wonderful run report!
13th January 2018 saw the 55th edition of Cannock Chase parkrun take place under grey skies (but dry conditions!). The run started in a poignant way, as a minute’s silence took place to mark the tragic incident at Swindon parkrun a week previously, where a parkrunner sadly lost her life during the event. The silence was respectfully observed by all present, before everyone headed off on their run. This is a timely reminder to everyone to make sure that their emergency details are up to date, as it can make all the difference in an emergency.
John Harrison, running his 17th parkrun, was the first person back at Marquis Drive visitor centre, in a time of 18:14, just a single second outside his PB. Jason Jones, of Cannock and Stafford AC, was just 12 seconds behind John, in only his 5th parkrun. Rounding out the podium was Ben Ryder, of Defence Sports Recreation, a further 22 seconds back. First lady back was junior runner Rebecca Loundes of Wolves and Bilston AC, in 21:23, followed by Kelly Butler, who ran her fastest ever parkrun (22:08) in her 170th run – very impressive! Rounding out the ladies podium was Catherine Makinson, who ran the course in 23:09. The highest age grading score this week was Keith Stoneman (79.89%).
This week, over 50 people made their parkrun debuts, and the total attendance was the third-highest to date (482!). Amongst the parkrun debutants this week were Ella Finazzi (41:52), Haydn Tomkinson-Hill (33:44), Esme Ferneyhough (39:51), Stephen Gilbert (26:01), Debbie Hendon (36:34) and Robbie Gorman (19:58). We hope to see you all back for a second run next week!
A huge number of PBs were broken this week, unfortunately I can’t list all of them here. Amongst them were Ella Jupp (28:42), Johanne Barratt (26:47), Alex Guy (35:06), Stuart Duckworth (25:43), Melanie Hearn (33:22) and Ben Green (23:52). Well done to you all!
As ever, we were glad to welcome a number of tourists from other parkruns this week – always good to see! Amongst the parkruns we received a visit from this week were: Botanical Garden (S. Africa!), Kingsbury Water, Conkers, Reading, Bushy, Walsall Arboretum and many more! Thanks for joining us, and do call back soon!
Somewhat unusually, only one runner hit a milestone this week – junior runner Jacob Helps, who ran his 10th parkrun to earn his white “10” t-shirt. Well done Jacob! Core Team member Zoe Burns ran her 49th parkrun to move to within 1 of her “50” t-shirt…!
Thank you all for attending Cannock Chase parkrun this week, and especially to the volunteers for giving up their time to allow the parkrun to take place, as always! See you all next week, and please remember the following: Keep your ICE details up to date, don’t forget your barcode, don’t duck out of the finish funnel, and only cross the finish line once!
Next week is a pacing event, so might be a good time to go for that elusive PB…!