Some of you are aware that we had a spot of bother last week when an unhappy cyclist clashed with runners near the start line just before the run, and subsequently posted abusive messages on our social media (which were swiftly dealt with by one of the RDs). Whilst we can ask parkrunners - as we do each week - to be mindful and considerate of other park-users, we have no control over the actions of those other park-users, and it is sad when incidents such as this happen in an otherwise peaceful and positive setting. What we can control, however, is our responses to unpleasant occurrences, and we are pleased to say that you, our parkrunning community, rose above it in attitude and actions and did your bit to help us maintain good relations - crucially, you listened in silence to the pre-run briefing, and heeded marshals' instructions to keep the cycle lane clear. Thank you so much for helping to present a collaborative and respectful side of parkrun to anyone else who uses the park, and for showing that there really is room for everyone to enjoy it in their own way if everyone is courteous towards others.
Bearing all that in mind, here is a reminder of the parkrun code for 5k events:
This week, 421 people walked, jogged, and ran the course. At least 2 more of whom we are aware walked 1 lap in what they called a trial run for taking part "for real" next week! We welcomed 31 people who had never visited our venue before and we're delighted to say that, of those, 21 completed their first-ever parkrun. Well done and welcome to:
Andy PRYOR, Mark MCLAUGHLIN, Ryan HARDCASTLE, Tarcisio RAMALHAO, Lawrence OSHEA, Alex SEWELL, Georgia DE GIDLOW, Phoebe WELLS, Sebastian JENKINS, Chloe ARBISMAN, Chris BROWN, John LANE, Rita CHARALAMBIDES, Mike OPPERMANN, Suzanne AITKEN, Karen STORMS, Nikki BARR, Rajesh SAMANI, Jane LEWIS, Paul SMITH, and Martine GABBITASS.
This is what the cycle lane should look like ...
Despite the dark and dreary day, and what definitely felt, to marshals standing in one spot, like a cold wind, an amazing 63 runners recorded new PBs. Those have done 10 or more runs and scored a PB this week are:
Marion LLOYD-JONES (35:01), Lynda HERRING (38:28), Catherine IMRIE (31:59), Jon BIRD (23:19), Will BROTHERSTON (19:06), Gill RYAN (30:09), Marco PACE (24:09), Zoe RYAN (28:45), Rachel HARDING (34:49), Emilia COCKERELL (28:41), Chantal PEZOT (32:33), Sandeep HARIKANTRA (27:49), Rich POWELL (20:33), Nathan PASKELL (19:21), Kevin WILSON (39:58), Janet STOCKTON (34:13), Mohammed MASKIN (26:50), Edward SWAIN (20:09), Isaac GRIBBEN (35:18), Matt WOODHAMS (25:18), Muhammad PANJU (23:40), Jo ASKHAM (38:38), and Julie HUNTINGFORD (31:27).
65 representatives of 28 clubs took part, and the first male and female to cross the line were club runners from Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers and Sheffield University Cross Country & AC respectively: Ben WINFIELD was the first male and first junior male, in a time of 16:47, only 13 seconds away from his overall parkrun PB, set at St Albans last February; and Rachel BROWN was the first female and first senior female (19th overall) in a time of 21:14, in just her 2nd run at Cassiobury and 4th in total since she first parkran in 2013. The first senior male was Chris MARRIOTT of Dacorum & Tring AC - 2nd overall, in 18:07; and the first junior female was Mya ADDISON of Harrow AC - 130th overall, in 25:54.
Two familiar names appear at the top of the age-gradings, male and female: Andy MILES (VM60-64) was graded 84.59% for his time of 19:28, in 11th place; and Lyn MELLOR (VW55-59) was graded 76.41% for her time of 24:01, in 81st place.
... THIS is what the cycle lane should look like ... !
The 157th finishers at our 157th run were:
Overall = Paul HARRIS, 27:02
Male = Philip HEARN, 28:48
Female = Karen STORMS, 39:21
In total, 178 athletes were female and 243 were male or unknown. Sadly, 36 people did not present a scannable barcode and therefore show as "unknown" in the results. You can get a reminder of your barcode here to print, and official tags and wristbands can be purchased from ERS. No barcode, no time, no exceptions ... please do NOT ask us to add you to the results retrospectively!!
The most prolific participant was Damaris DANIELS - she has run 217 parkruns in total (though only 2 at Cassiobury), and today finished in 93rd position with an aesthetically pleasing time of 24:24.
Just one milestone run was marked today: junior athlete Liya MASKIN completed her 10th run (all of which have been at Cassiobury) and finished in a time of 29:32, in 224th position. Her PB of 29:14 was set only last week and was her second PB in a row, so we are sure that many more successful runs are still to come for Liya! In case you missed it in December, here is the latest update about milestone t-shirts. If anyone else has a milestone run approaching, be sure to let us know! Celebrating their 100th runs will be Linsey MAYNARD on 27th January and Tim COYSH on 3rd February, and we are sure they would be pleased to see as many people there to mark the occasion with them!
... this is ALMOST what the cycle lane should look like!
Final words for now go to thanking our 23 fantastic volunteers, without whom this run could not have happened:
Stephen BLAKEY, Christine CANNING, Damien CROXTON, John DAVIDSON, Sharon DAVIDSON, Charles DYTHAM, Katerina FELLAS, Ciara FITZPATRICK, Neil HERRING, Keith HEWETT, Glyn JAGGER, Harry MANLEY, James MARTIN, Linsey MAYNARD, Fiona MEPHAM, Robert MOORE, Mark NICHOLLS, Mark Andrew NICHOLS, Amritha RAGHAVAN, Philippa STATTER, Robert WALLACE, Jane WELCH, and Jo ZHOU.
Special mentions go to Bob who routinely litter-picks on his way around the park, to Damian who excelled in his role of gathering new volunteers to add to the future roster, to Mark who managed to combine barcode scanning with photography and whose excellent photos can be seen here on Flickr, and to Keith and Harry who were volunteering for the first time.
If you would like to take a turn at being a "high-viz hero" in the future, please take a look at the empty slots on the roster, and a description of what the volunteers do, and then email us at email@example.com with your name, barcode number, and the date on which you are free. Thank you for helping to make YOUR parkrun a success!
See you next week