19th May 2018
Event no. 431
First, the big numbers - 203 participants; 56 first timers; 37 PBs and representatives from 20 different clubs. There were 20 ‘unknowns’ with a mixture of reasons ranging from ‘I’ve forgotten my barcode’, to ‘I didn’t know I needed one’. The prize for the most imaginative excuse went to ‘my dog ate it’. It doesn’t matter we stick to the policy of no bar code no time, even if you cross the line first.
It really was a gloriously, sunny morning for event number 431 at FOD parkrun. After a sustained period of warm and dry weather the course was firm to good, with the canopy keeping us cool. Rachel Wheeler was Run Director and the megaphone got some use. Andy (Breeze) was politely late again.
The turnout was boosted by a healthy crop of parkrun tourists from in and around London, escaping events nearby, and a number of (mostly) ladies graduating from the 0-5 km programme. It’s always great to see a new group of runners reaching their goal at the end of 9 weeks of hard work and dedication. Well done to the group and their run leaders, including Nick Lord and Andrew Brooks, who coached them round the trail in some impressive times.
Our first three official tokens went to Chris Basaileh from Herne Hill Harriers in 17:24 with Toby Dickens (18:08) and Matthew Robinson (18:13) following him home. A bit of Parkrun stalking tells me Chris has a Parkrun PB of 15:34 achieved at Dulwich, suggesting he could get close to our record time of 16:40, achieved by Kieran Hale in 2011.
For the ladies Melanie Eaton (22:14) Ruth Jones (22:44) and Chloe Morgan (23:04) took the category positions. Melanie had her 4th PB in a row, taking another 20 seconds off her time. You’ll have to let us into your secret Melanie. Is it just the three Weetabix for breakfast?
Congratulations to everyone who achieved a PB today. With 37 in total it would be difficult to recognise everyone. Some worthy of special mention included Harry Wood (19:03) creeping closer to the magic 19 minutes; Ross Dennison (22:31) taking a minute off his best time from last year; Jacob Day (22:43) with his fourth PB in a month and Chloe Powles (26:41) in her first parkrun of the year.
There were also some impressive age category scores topped by our Jacqui Wynds with a 79.69% (25:26); Chris Busaileh 75.39% and Ruth Jones with 73.75%.
With no milestones to report, except perhaps John ‘the power’ Russell hitting the magic 180, I dug a bit deeper and found some other impressive numbers. Mark Mathews, our Event Director, has volunteered an incredible 303 times. Not far behind are Jacqui Wynds with 204 and Angela Bowkett with 187. A big thank you to them is in order I think ,with a special mention for our fantastic volunteers for today:
Lisa ADAMS, Emma BEVAN, Angela BOWKETT, Jacob DAY, Robin DREWETT, Brian FRANCIS, Martin Edward HEATH, Colin LAVER, Tracy LORD, Mark MATHEWS, Emma PARSONS, Michelle PEACEY, Rachael WHEELER, Chloe WHEELER, Harry WOOD, Jacqui WYNDS
There's a huge requirement for volunteers each and every week. So please do join us. As well as full training there's free hot drinks and occasional cakes.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest of Dean parkrun Results Page