With a mysterious round yellow thing in the sky it was time for Daventry’s 184th parkrun. Our Run Director, Karen, welcomed us all and directed 11 newcomers and 8 tourists to the first timer’s briefing which I can only imagine was one of the few times in recent months that didn’t include a warning about the mud!
A quick explanation was given as to why some people were wearing colourful wigs and Damian (me) was wearing a snazzy Christmas suit – it was my 200th parkrun – and then it was time to thank our wonderful volunteers Jean BAKER, Damian BAKER, Karen BALLOCH, Agata CIENCIALA, Daniel DAY, Claire DAY, Christopher EDGE, Simon ELLIOTT, Angus GRAY, Clare GRAY, Sakina LOVEJOY, Angela MOORE, Kim MULLANEY, Geoff RAVENHALL, Beverley RENWICK, Charlie RENWICK, Annette RUSSELL, Mike SMALLWOOD, Paul SMART, Sarah SOUTER, Dieter SULLIVAN, David TARBUCK, Stella-Maria THOMAS, Dominic TRANTER & Janice WILSON.
We couldn’t have done this without you!
It was nice to see 244 of you, our highest number for a few months, at the start line including our ‘unknown’ first finisher (just the 3rd time that has happened in our history). Our first female finisher, Zoe KEMP, was less secretive and completed the course in under 21 minutes for the first time and our first named male finisher was regular front man, Benjamin HYAMS.
With the much better conditions underfoot we had an incredible 52 personal bests! I won’t be able to name you all but a few to pick out are John LINDSAY (with yet another PB), Luke HICKMAN (6 PBs in a row), Teresa HALL & Kate COSTA (finishing close together, both with new fastest times), Helen BLAKE (over 4 minutes quicker since the start of the year) and juniors Belle BRADNAM, Georgia GERCS & Emily RUSSELL.
Just one official T-shirt earning milestone was reached this week and that was William COMBSTOCK joining the junior 10-club (to add to his 37 junior parkrun).
Next week is a takeover by the local Daventry Road Runners club who will be providing almost all of the volunteer roles and a number of pacers however they might not be able to bring the sun out again but we can always hope.
After that the volunteer rota is looking a little empty so please do get in touch via the parkrun website or Facebook if you can help out in the future.
Finally if you happen to know about the whereabouts of token 156 then please contact us or bring it back next time you are here if it was accidentally taken away.
Hope you all enjoyed today’s event as much as I did, there really is nowhere else I would have wanted to celebrate my 200th parkrun!!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Daventry parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Emily WAUGH who recorded a time of 18:10 on 14th March 2015 (event number 19).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:19 on 5th August 2017 (event number 148).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 96.62% (22:40) on 4th March 2017 (event number 126).
Daventry parkrun started on 8th November 2014. Since then 4,805 participants have completed 34,372 parkruns covering a total distance of 171,860 km, including 6,468 new Personal Bests.