Ellenbrook Fields Report for event 87 1st January 2018
Report by Mark Shotton
Photos by Chris Holt
Event 87 was the second New Year’s Day parkrun to be held here at Ellenbrook Fields. And from the mass show of hands when the Run Director asked the question in the pre-run brief it was clear that the majority of people had already run a parkrun earlier elsewhere too, mostly at neighbouring events such as Gadebridge parkrun in Hemel Hempstead, Panshanger parkrun in Hertford and Castle Park parkrun in Bishop’s Stortford. New Year’s Day is the only day in the UK on which it is possible to register two parkruns in the same day, and “doing the double” has become a much-loved tradition amongst parkrunners.
Attendances can often increase at a New Year’s Day event, and this proved to be the case at Ellenbrook Fields. The muddy and slippery conditions did not deter 194 people from running, jogging and walking the course, which is the highest turnout since September and the joint sixth highest in event history. It also represents a 40% increase on the attendance on New Year’s Day 2017. And of 63 first timers at our event today, 12 of them were trying out parkrun for the first time. Welcome, and we hope to see you all again soon!
After the run I had a good catch-up chat with Castle Park Event Director and fellow parkrun tourist Chris Holt and his family, and also had the pleasure of meeting John and Lynne Norman, Ellenbrook Fields stalwarts and the parents of parkrun UK legend Danny Norman. I also met Nick Truran, who in a bold move completed the 5k in a stag costume (pictured below, with Dennis Draper). He was doing so in order to promote the start today of the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity. Driven by the Hertfordshire County Council and Herts Sports Partnership, the campaign builds on previous 'years of' which have already taken place for cycling, walking, mental health and volunteering. Approximately one in every five adults in Hertfordshire currently does less than thirty minutes of activity per week, and it is hoped that the opportunities for participating in large scale events will help to improve this statistic. For more information on how you can get involved, check out @HertsYOPA18 on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/HertsYOPA18/.
Simon ELLICE (VM35-39) of Bishops Stortford RC was first over the line in 18:43.
Chris PITTS (VM35-39) of Bishops Stortford RC was second over the line in 18:52.
Gary CONNELL (SM30-34) was third over the line in 18:58.
Melissa MILEHAM (VW40-44) of Old Hatfield Ladies Running Group was first over the line in 23:18.
Cassandra TREVIS (SW25-29) was second over the line in 24:33.
Katie THOMPSON (JW11-14) of Stevenage and North Herts AC was third over the line in 25:01.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given the conditions underfoot, just 10 people (5.5% of the identified field) achieved new PBs today. However, amongst them there were a few standout performances worthy of special mention. Junior Harry Laflin 1:42 secs 26:52 bat his October result by 1 minute 42 seconds to get 26:52. In addition, Alexander WIDGER went sub 25 and Richard DREW went sub 30 for the first time at our event after their run at Panshanger today, finishing in 24:52 and 29:35 respectively. But the most impressive performance of the day goes to Punapriya SINGH, who bettered her time at her first ever parkrun on Saturday by an amazing minute and 55 seconds and has a new PB of 39:20! Bravo to you all!
An extra special mention is due to George Ward who, after just turning 12 years old, finished in 7th place in 20:30, and so achieved an Age Grade score of 72.52% - the highest for the day!
Event 87 was also a special one for Ellenbrook Fields regulars Melissa MILEHAM and Stephen HONEY, who both notched up their 50th parkruns. Well done, folks – and don’t forget to claim your milestone shirts when they’re back in stock!
Three Cheers for the Volunteers!
Finally, a big thank you goes to Carrie HUDSON, who oversaw proceedings as Run Director for the day, and the rest of today’s volunteers – Alec BIRD, Robert BLYTHE, Tim COOKE, Juliet CRISP, Maxine GOOLD, Charlie-Rose HILL, Hannah HILL, John HILL, Richard HILL, Woody HUDSON, Jasper HUDSON, Tim HUDSON, Yvette JOHNSTON, Gerwyn LLEWELLYN, Chris MCGURK, John NORMAN, Lynne NORMAN, Bart OONK, Amanda PARSBEY, Allison SKEGGS, Holly SKEGGS, Rebecca TERRY, Liz THOMAS, Nick TRURAN, Lindsay TRURAN and Alison WILDEY. If you haven’t decided on your New Year’s resolutions yet, why not add volunteering into the mix? We still require helpers for the rest of January – if you can chip in, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank Chris Holt for posting some wonderful photographs. Here's Chris with his family:
Of the 194 parkrunners, 183 were identified and 11 (5.7% of the field) were unknown.
Of the 183 identified parkrunners, there were:
• 19 juniors aged under 18 (10.4% of the field)
• 34 seniors aged 18-34 (18.6% of the field)
• 130 vets (71% of the field) of which 25 were 35-39, 48 were 40-49, 45 were 50-59 and 12 were 60+
• 102 males (55.7%) and 81 females (44.3%)
• 80 club runners (43.7 % of the field) from 28 different clubs, and 103 unattached (56.3% of the field)
The most common male age group was 50-54 (19 runners)
The most common female age group was 35-39 (14 runners)
Of the 194 finishers, there were:
• 4 sub-20 mins, 35 from 20:00 to 24:59, 59 from 25:00 to 29:59, and 96 over 30 mins
• The time needed to finish in the top 10% was 22:22, and the time of the median finishing position was 29:47.
How many parkruns?
• 9302 parkruns completed from the identified field of 183, averaging 51 parkruns each
• 69 had completed at least 50 parkruns (37.7% of the identified field), of which
• 43 are members of the 50 club
• 25 are members of the 100 club
• 1 is a member of the 250 club
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.