Run report with thanks to Jas Dhalley
253 people turned up to Dulwich parkrun this Saturday morning on what looked like perfect running conditions as the sun was not blazing hot as it has been recently.
The morning began with myself arriving with two visually impaired runners, one of whom I was guiding and hoping to achieve a personal best, no pressure then!
As we arrived at Dulwich we met the lovely run director Gillian who made us feel more than welcome, and was soon introduced to other regular runners. We were looking for our other VI Guide, a chap called Errol Robathan and soon found him and introduced him to Haren Thillainathan as he was to guide him whilst I was guiding Lynn Cox.
Not long after that runners from all directions appeared to gather around the bench like a swarm of bees, the new runners briefing began and soon afterwards the Run Director began her pre-run speech. A round of applause was given for a few milestone runs being achieved, and soon we were lining up to get ready to run or walk our 5km!
This was my second run at Dulwich and I recalled how I really enjoy the wide path throughout the duration of the 5km course, not only does it mean no bottlenecks but it also meant guiding a visually impaired runner was much easier than usual. With this we managed to get through the parkrun course with a new personal best for Lynn Cox of 30:16...!! She was so chuffed at the end with her result and being overhauled with a great big hug showed how much it meant as well as putting a big smile on each of our faces!
Haren (the other VI runner) had already completed the course with Errol and I have to say a big congratulations to them both as again another PB!! Haren came in at 25:12 so well done to both him and Errol.
A huge thanks goes out to all the volunteers for making event 277 at Dulwich parkrun go smoothly, in total 17 volunteers helped out. Please do volunteer every so often, roles are simple and easy to perform, some allowing you to run and volunteer too! To volunteer simply email in at email@example.com it gives a great sense of satisfaction knowing that you are able to give back something, take it from me having volunteered 171 occasions and loving it everytime!!
See the placings from Saturday’s run:
Edmund ADIGWE (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:51 - first time in 2 appearances.
An unknown runner was second.
Ryan DAVIDSON (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:25.
Betty BOHANE (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (12th overall) over the line in 18:54 - first time in 5 appearances.
Ellie BALFE (SW30-34) of Dulwich Runners AC, was second (26th overall) over the line in 20:25.
Alice HOSKING (SW25-29) of London Heathside Runners AC, was third (36th overall) over the line in 20:58.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Edmund ADIGWE (VM40-44) – 81.60% for the time 16:51 (first overall).
Betty BOHANE (SW25-29) – 78.31% for the time 18:54 (12th overall).
Jason THORBURN (VM45-49) – 75.49% for the time 19:23 (16th overall).
The female record is held by Katie SNOWDEN who recorded a time of 00:16:28 on 4th February 2017 (event number 256).
The male record (14:32) is jointly held by Paul Martellettti (Event 205 -20/02/16) and Alexander Yee (Event 251 - 01/01/2017)
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded 95.44% (21:34) on 31st January 2015 (event number 149).
30 first timers turned up and 54 recorded new personal bests!!
Thank you for a truly lovely day Dulwich and hope to see you soon, both volunteering and running of course