In stark contrast to the previous weeks grim weather it was a beautiful morning down at Ladyburn Lake for the 59th Druridge Bay parkrun on Saturday 19th September. Many thanks to Run Director Mark DOCTOR and to the superb marshals for their great support! Another above average 128 runners took part in this weeks event, which sees the average go above 115!
1st finisher for an amazing 10th time was Morpeth Harrier Mark SNOWBALL. Mark is a credit to his club and to our parkrun in general. Not only has he improved his times since his first event back in August 2014, but he's always there when we're a bit short of marshals. When an appeal goes out Mark is one of the first to give up his run to offer his services. What a guy! Cruising round in 17.30 Mark was well over a minute ahead of Alnwick Harrier Terry FOUNTAIN. Terrys time of 18.37 was a course pb and was also enough to give him a WAVA score of 77.98%, the highest of the day. 3rd finisher was another Alnwick runner Dominic HARRIS, also in a massive course pb of 19.09. On a morning for fast times due to the friendly conditions other personal bests were achieved by Shane FORSYTH, John CUTHBERT, Tim SHEPHERD and David FALKOUS!
For the women 1st finisher, also in a personal best at the event, was Alnwick Harrier Justine NORMAN. Justine clocked 23.17 to finish well over a minute ahead of 2nd finisher Ali LIDDLE. Ali, an unattached runner, finished 2 seconds ahead of Laura MILLER in 24.37. Best WAVA by a female came from Claire DEACON of Solent Running Sisters, 71.39%. Course bests were achieved by Helen SHEPHERD, Becky DUNPHY and Danielle FORSYTH!
Away from the parkrun many congratulations to Run Director Ian HARDING who travelled to New York to take part in a half marathon in Brooklyn. Not only did he take part but he won it!
See you next week.
The DB parkrun Team.