A bitterly cold morning with a biting wind greeted the 204 runners who braved it for our first pacing morning. The course was perfect though, dry and not slippery which meant that nearly a quarter of all runners got a PB.
We had a couple of bit milestones, Elysia Upton ran her 50th parkrun and Chris Poultney ran his 200th but he was also a pacer which meant he has now volunteered at 100 parkruns, an amazing achievement.
It was the first time as Run Director for Jane Wilson and she did brilliantly, so much so that I doubt anyone realised she had never done that role before. Most of the core team aren’t people who have been part of a core team at any other parkruns, they have come forward since Coldham’s parkrun started and got more involved. We would always welcome more people to join us, the commitment is to do about a couple of volunteer coordinator or run director slots every 3 months, do come and ask me about it if you are considering it.
I was pacing a 1 min walk, 1 min run accompanied by Nemo the dog and I met some lovely people, one lady who has joined as a result of the 5kyourway : Move against cancer and who ran a PB yesterday and another who had chosen yesterday as the day to start his parkrun journey after finishing a couch to 5K program.
Being at the chattier end of the field I was lapped by several runners and was in awe of their support and encouragement for those they were passing, from calls of ‘Well done’ to applause, it really helps to feel part of such a great group of people.
Next Saturday is our closest to Christmas and I need no excuse to jump into fancy dress, if a few of you feel like joining me that would be great, otherwise I’ll be the one in the Santa suit!
See you on Saturday
This week 204 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Helen D JOHNSON • Jane M WILSON • Chris POULTNEY • Jacquie MERCER • Sarah MACKAY • Peter STEVENS • Nigel LOW • Mark SMALLWOOD • Tracy HUTCHISON • Lloyd FLEMING • Georgina SCOTT • Sarah WILLIAMS • Katherine Jane HODSON • Tina RICHES • Melanie TINDALE • Andrew DUNLOP • Liz STEVENS • David MORGAN • Miguel PEREIRA • Lucy MATTHEWS • Callie VANDEWIELE • Jeremy BROOMFIELD • Hilary PERROTT • Victoria M PRICE • Sarah LAWS • Tom FENNING • Will DUPRE • Patricia KNIGHT • Gregory CHADWICK • Harley TINDALE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Coldham’s Common parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Jo OREGAN who recorded a time of 18:40 on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).
The male record is held by Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS who recorded a time of 15:59 on 8th December 2018 (event number 11).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.84% (18:22) on 24th November 2018 (event number 9).
Coldham’s Common parkrun started on 29th September 2018. Since then 1,431 participants have completed 3,342 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,710 km, including 659 new Personal Bests. A total of 144 individuals have volunteered 342 times.