The first Saturday parkrun of the New Year saw plenty of celebrations – the 300th parkrun to take place at Crane Park, and 6 landmark runs (one 250th, four 100th’s and a 50th), along with great performances from the whole team of 12 pacers! The 280 runners and walkers was the 3rd highest attendance, following on from New Years Day record breaking 369 people!
The first parkrun took place at Crane Park on 9th June 2012, and we were lucky to have six of the original runners in attendance again on Saturday. Melanie Thomas, Alun Thomas, Grant Russell, Nigel Poole and Otto Benz all repeated the achievement of completing the course, and the sixth ‘original’, Raj Patel, expertly oversaw proceedings whilst wearing the Run Directors jacket!
The full team of volunteers marshalled and organised the event with the great expertise – the following individuals are to be thanked for giving up their time:
Abhijit SHIDLAGATTA • Brian WINSTANLEY • Chems ALLAL • Daniel LITTLE • David DUGGAN • Dean TYLER • Dominic RACCANI • John CALVERT • Jon SANDAPIN • Kevin BRANT • Kevin KEAREY • Laxu GURUNG • Louise WAPSHOTT • Lucy DEAN • Madeleine MENZIES • Maria JOVANI • Marianne MALAM • Mark DAVIES • Noah MATTHEWS • Ophélie TERRY • Paul KNIGHT • Peter COWLEY • Raj PATEL • Ruby KROHN • Shamire KHAN • Tamsin BURLAND • Tim NEALE • Veronica STEVENS • Vicky SANDAPIN • Zoe GILKS
There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email email@example.com if you are interested.
New arrivals at Crane
Within the 280 finishers, there was a massive 45 people who were making their first visit to Crane Park parkrun – we hope you had a great time and will return again soon! A special mention should go to the 12 debutants to parkrun – hopefully you enjoyed the parkrun experience, atmosphere and journey around the course and will come back for more!
One notable visitor was Gregory Bailey (23:28) who ran his 224th parkrun….at his 224th different venue!.
First’s to the funnel
Collecting token number 1 was Ted Mockett (17:20) on his 25th visit to the Crane. Neil Aitken was the second person to be issued with a token in 8 seconds later and Jonathon Smith was the third runner to complete the 5km, in 17:44. First lady home was Daniela Jantschy in a time of 20:22, second was Kirsty Lynall in 21:53 and Merilyn Davis reached the funnel in 22:30 for third place. First junior home was Cameron Fraser in 20:20 (nice & symmetrical!!), whilst Abigail Hallam lead the girls in 24:48.
Six runners completed landmark runs and will be able to apply for their T shirts in the near future. 12 year old Jaden Russell completed his 250th parkrun, and parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt was on hand to congratulate Jaden at the start (and Paul also got a new PB).
Hannah Malam has run 81 times at Crane and ran her 100th parkrun this week.
Ellen Van Keulen, David Lawley and Michelle Cross also completed their 100th runs, and well done to Suzanne Beal for reaching the 50 landmark!
Going faster than before
Everyone benefitted from the good running conditions and 12 pacers targeting times between 22 and 37 minutes, resulting in a huge 39 personal bests!
Unfortunately there is not enough space to mention all 39, however below are a few individuals achievements:
- Mike Dennison – having run 23 times at Crane, this was his 5th PB in the last 8 visits
- Carys Poole – beating her previous best by 53 seconds on her 13th visit.
- Paul Sinton Hewitt – improving his previous best which was set in August 2014.
- Ethan Russell – improving his best time on his 87th Crane parkrun.
- Sarah Hipshon – running her 30th time at Crane and bettering her best time, set on her first run.
-- David Duggan