Happy birthday to us! Can you believe it is one year since our parkrun got off the ground? Well yes, I can!
First and foremost, I must thank todays volunteers: Amy GALLILEE • Andy JOHNSON71 • Ann-Marie JOHNSTONE • Carolyn RIGBY • David ASPIN • Donovan JOHNSON CADDELL • Erin JOHNSON CADDELL • Heather CLYBURN • Joanne MARSHALL • Kevin MURRAY • Kevin PRATT • Lesley PARRATT • Rebecca ASPIN • Sharon CADDELL • Stephen MOTSON • Susan WILLOUGHBY • Tony GALLILEE - I think you will agree that the high viz gang were absolute superstars this morning.
So we celebrated with a bit of a woodland themed run this morning (wearing green or fancy dress) and with a bit of a post run social with cakes and goodies.
It was great to see several of you rise to the challenge with rabbits, squirrels, wolves, bats and bears amongst the offerings, as well as the lesser spotted Superman, and also two Fantastic Mr Foxes! Very colourful and great fun.
Thank also to those who brought goodies and cakes, including the amazing and artistic owl cake - it was phenomenal! The lady who baked it told me she made it last night - I had to point out that I had a also made a cake last night but it looked nothing like as ornamental and beautiful.
Reflecting on our first year then...we had 61 different finishers, male and female, and the top five of those with most first finishers were: Kath Aspin (10), Jack Hustwitt (9), and Harry Potter (5).
167 different clubs have taken part in Flatts Lane parkrun and the top three are: Swift-tees (83), North Yorkshire Moors Athletics Club (61) and Stockton Striders (58) - it's been great to have all of these visit, including those who have included our run on their club leagues.
We have had only one sub 20 female runner: Racheal Bamford, from Otley AC who clocked 19:46 on 11th November 2017, and the sub 17 male runner prize is still up for grabs, although Greg Jayisuriya got very close with 17:05 on 10th February 2018.
The top three males in the age graded league were: Karl Edwards (78.45%), Daniel Bennett (76.35%) and Stuart McLay (76.17%).
The top three females in the age graded league were: Kath Aspin (75.86%), Racheal Bamford (74.87%) and Ella Towers (73.45%).
The three fastest male runners were Greg Jayasuriya (17:05), Ben Bergstrand (18:05) and Leon Foster (18:43) and the three fastest female runners were Racheal Bamford (19:46), Betty Bergstrand (21:16) and Eli Barnbrook (21:49).
|Number of events: 48||Number of runners: 1,388||Number of runs: 3,163|
|Number of first finishers: 61||Number of clubs: 167||Number of PBs: 668|
|Average number of runners per week: 65.9||Average number of runs per runner: 2.3||Biggest Attendance: 174|
|Average run time: 00:30:02||Total hours run: 0Years 65Days 23Hrs 36Min 3Secs||Total distance run: 15,815km|
I must big thanks to top volunteers Heather Clyburn, Mark Rogers and David Aspin for the numerous times that have supported the run in its first year, but also to other regulars including Robert Nichols, Mark Grace, Kevin Pratt, Kevin Murray, Angela Harding, Ange Wood, Paul Haydon, Carl and Kathryn Gaskin, Deborah Birkett, Matt Smith, Mark Edwards, Bob Howe, Ella and Geoff Towers, Ann-Marie Johnstone, Lesley Parratt, Susan Willoughby, our two Duke of Edinburgh students Edward and Will, members of the Aspin family and ,of course, my own family, Donovan, Erin, Andrew and Isaac - thank you all, you have kept our fabulous parkrun going and growing! I have no doubt this second year will see Flatts Lane getting stronger and it picking up more fans, regulars and new supporters along the way too.
So, back to the present, and let's reflect on what happened today...
Flatts Lane parkrun, Event number 49, 15th September 2018
This week 65 people ran, jogged and walked the course, a big warm welcome to the visitors today from Cambridge, Germany, Surrey, Shropshire, Durham, Albert, Redcar and Stewart parkruns - hope you enjoyed it folks and come back to see us again!
11 were first timers - hello to Andrew Nesbit, Albert Hill, Stuart Edon, Andrew Dippie, Stephen Tawse, Michaela Welham, Alison Tapper, Nicky Johnson, Stuart Hawkes, Lucy Tapper, and Jessica Simpson - good to see you all
15 recorded new Personal Bests - well done to Graham Hall, Jennifer O'Brien, Paul Readman, Paul Smethurst, Sam Smethurst, Jacob Smethurst (well done the family Smethurst!/ Simpson), Sue Terry, Elliot Brown, Ange Wood, Zoe Cuthbert, Andrew Brown, Brett Mead, Andrew Kerr and Claire Daykin. Of course, a huge well done to all who completed the course, which inlcudes doing our infamous Godfalter Hill twice
Representatives of 11 different clubs took part: Telford Harriers, Swift-tees, Stockton Striders Ac, Redcar Running Blub, NYMAC, New Marske Harriers, Loftus AC, Fell Runners Association, Derwent Valley Trail Runners, and Billingham Marsh House Harriers - you were all very welcome, and do keep spreading the news about our parkrun.
Thanks to everyone for a great morning, and see you all again next Saturday when Mark will be in charge - remember, we'll need volunteers then too so let us know if you can help
See you soon,