Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 120
25th August 2018
Report by Jim Davis
Photos by Graham Smith
It was a brisk morning for the 120th parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields, with a fairly stiff breeze in our faces along the back straight from about 2.5 to 3.5km. Nevertheless there were 50 PBs, including 8 of the first 20 folk home, so the breeze wasn’t too much of a factor. One of the PBs was by Tim Cooke, who is one of the Run Directors. Well done Tim. Even more impressive is the fourth PB in four weeks by VI runner Simon Goodall, ably guided this week by Stephen McKee, and the second PB in two weeks by Maureen Goodall, also a VI runner.
First lady home was Alicia FOUND, in an excellent 19:31 for 11th overall. She was followed home by Jen CONWAY in 20:06 and 14th overall and Sarah SHARP in 21:45 and 31st overall.
Today we celebrated Angus Kindley’s 100th parkrun. Angus was, for a while, the V75 record holder at Ellenbrook Fields, and he's shown finishing in the photo below. It is difficult to fault his commitment.
Angus, as with several of us in the area, used to run for Verlea AC. Verlea were once one of the top distance running clubs in the Home Counties. Angus, and his family, once won the 2 generation section of the Sunday Times fun run. They competed against teams including an Olympic and a European medallist. The blue shirts with diagonal white stripe were the Verlea club colours. Numerous of us were at Ellenbrook Fields to celebrate this milestone for Angus. You can see him and several other Verlea AC members in this picture, taken after the finish. Angus is in the centre holding the champagne bottle.
Barry Osborne, who you see at the back, third from the right, was the 2nd age graded runner of the day. He ran 20:39 as a V65 to get 82.74%. The 1st on the age graded table was Doug Walmsley who ran 18:23 in the V50 age group for 82.86%. 3rd on the age graded table was Michael Russell with 19:18 in the V55 age group for 81.68%.
First man home was James MOORE in 17:16, with Paul DAVIES really close behind in 17:19. (I would have liked to have seen that finish. A great action photo from Graham Smith.) Third was Adam HUGHES with 17:27, which is also pretty close.
This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. There were two sets of visitors from Canada. (There are 17 parkrun locations in Canada now.)
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Jim DAVIS, Philippa DAVIS, Caroline GARDNER, Noreen GILHESPY, Sarah HAVERSON, Rob HEARN, Claire HOWARD, Carrie HUDSON, Florence HUDSON, Sofie MARCHANT, Stephen MCKEE, John NORMAN, Lynne NORMAN, Donna O'TOOLE, Lily REDING, Elsie REDING, Emily REDING, Tessa REID, Bernard ROCKHILL, Allison SKEGGS, Nick TRURAN, and Lee WOOD.
This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.
For the full set of photos taken by Graham Smith, click here.
Very Honourable Mentions (in no particular order).
Clive BAILEY– his 150th parkrun.
Andrew HARLEY and Liz THOMAS – their 50th parkruns
Angus Kindley & Joy Allen – the most senior runners on the day.
Josephine LAWRENCE – the youngest runner.