***Calling all junior parkrunners!*** On 21st July YOU have the chance to organise parkrun! We are hosting a “junior takeover” of the roster and need U18s to fill as many of the volunteer roles as possible. Please have a look at the empty slots here and email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and barcode number if you would like to fill one of them (check with Mum or Dad first! They can help out too if they want to, and ideally they should be with you if you are going to be a marshal on the course). You can find out what the volunteers do here. THANK YOU for helping to make our first “junior takeover” a success!
It was all about the youngsters at today’s somewhat parched parkrun, as Thomas and Daniel helped Alistair to put out a plea for junior volunteers, and the fabulous Felipe ended his 10th 5k parkrun with a sprint finish against his mum to finish in 42:08 and position 307 (he has also run 29 Leavesden junior parkruns)!
Another junior runner clocked up 50 runs, and, according to one source, was rather looking forward to his moment in the sun – congratulations to Ravi PATEL who earned his red t-shirt with a time of 22:35 in position 39.
The only senior runner to mark a milestone was Martin KERR, who finished in 24th place and a time of 21:48. Eight of Martin’s runs have been at Cassiobury, with 27 at Gadebridge, plus visits to an assortment of other Hertfordshire parkruns.
JM15-17 athlete Angus FINNEGAN ran his 14th parkrun … and finished in 14th place. Of the senior athletes, Philip MATTHEWS finished his 26th parkrun in 22nd place while Martin AUSTIN finished his 22nd parkrun in 26th place! Hillingdon AC member Martin SEARLE finished his 54th parkrun in 54th position.
Lucy GLASS’s 5th parkrun saw her cross the line as the 5th female … and she bagged a new PB of 24:30 into the bargain. (We notice that just one place behind her was Panos FELLAS, who has acted as a very successful pacer to another parkrunner over the last couple of weeks … clearly Panos has a bit of magic about him when it comes to PBs, so keep your eye on him if you’re after a fast time in the future!) Karen RODRIGUES was the 69th female finisher at her 69th parkrun; and Tehseen MUSTAFA was the 72nd female finisher at her 72nd parkrun.
Considering the extreme weather, 42 people did well to run new PBs. Just a handful of these were David MIDDLEBROOK (24:26 – at his first run since celebrating his 50 milestone) | Kelvin OSHEA (28:24) | David ROSSINELLI (25:17) | Guru AWASTHI (38:29) | Archie PATEL (46:01) | Sophie MCKILLOP (26:49) | Keith CARMAN (24:38 - in his final run before reaching the 50 milestone!) | and Tanika EVANS (46:09), whose delight at crossing the line with a scorching PB of 6m45s merited a commemorative photo with the run director:
If a few of Cassiobury’s regulars were missing today (attendance was down slightly, with “only” 331 finishers today, compared to 401 last week), numbers were boosted by tourists from some very far-flung locations – we welcomed visitors from Tanzania, New Zealand, and Canada, as well as the slightly less exotic Lancaster, Letchworth and Aldenham … wherever you’re from, we’re very pleased that you all came!
One of the Tanzanians had chosen today for his very first parkrun – we think this was Nargis TEJANI, who finished in 315th place in a time of 44:26. Welcome to him and to the other 20 athletes who chose this baking hot day to make their parkrun debuts, even if they didn’t travel quite as far as Nargis did!
Teddy CURTIS | Ben COCKS | Kristina MYNAROVA | Bethan CORNFORTH | Lincoln WONG | Victoria DARBY | Ben KINSELLA | Chris BROCK | Tony FULLER | Petra DOMUNKOS | Toby SOUTHIN | Asgher Ali MERCHANT | Igor JELENIC | Robert A MAXWELL | Steve WRIGHT | Paul GAME | Caroline GROSS | Nathalie BOWLEY | Helen BOOTH | and Zahida FIDAHUSEIN.
Indeed, welcome to all 34 parkrunners who visited our venue for the first time today. A helpful guide for first-timers can be seen here.
The first male and female to cross the line were Will FROST (in 17:43), in his 4th first-finish here; and Chloe Arbisman (in 23:00).
The highest age-graded run was by Jerry ENGLAND – a nicely balanced 79.79% for his time of 20:17. The highest junior age-grading was by the second person to cross the line – Jack RAINE achieved 77.72% for his new PB of 18:15. And the top female age-grading was by Lyn MELLOR – 75.00% for her time of 24:48.
The most prolific runner taking part today was the marvellous Mark NICHOLLS of Watford Joggers, with 170 parkruns to his name; and the most prolific female participant was Jackie BOND of Redway Runners, with 167 parkruns … and a shiny new PB of 26:19.
At our 181st event, the 181st person to cross the line was Mark WILSON (in 28:36; in his 3rd parkrun). In total, 21 runners were "unknown" (DFYB/don’t forget your barcode),193 were male, and 117 were female, all followed over the line by the famous Kulsum and today’s tail walker Stella.
Stella was one of the sterling helpers who made today’s parkrun happen, and we are very grateful to all 20 volunteers:
Tim COOK | Helen MACAULAY | Sharon DAVIDSON | Ann DAVIDSON | Christine CANNING | Liz THOMSON | Helen WOLSTENHOLME | Fiona MEPHAM | Chris JEWELL | Stella BADDELEY | Laura COLLINGRIDGE | Sakalain MEGHJEE | Amritha RAGHAVAN | Greg HILL | Ivan RODRIGUES | Karen ENGLAND | Kelly JAGGER | Antony COCKERELL | Joanne MCCUE | and Mary WEIR.
This is the lowest number of volunteers we’ve had since April 2017! As able and willing as they all were, having a couple more marshals would really make a noticeable difference, so please see if you can help out in the future and not rely on the mythical "someone else" to volunteer. The juniors have got it sorted for 21st July, but we have plenty of other roles to fill … thank you!
The photos in this report are just snapshots from a camera-phone – all of the official photos, taken by Greg, will be posted over the next few days and we’ll put a link on our Facebook page when they’re available. In the meantime, today’s results can be found HERE.
Ps – did we mention that it was HOT today?! Stay cool, peeps...