Event no. 440
21st July 2018
Friday brought some welcome rain to the Forest. Does it only rain on Fridays evenings now? The rain made for a soft if not too forgiving trail. At the beginning it felt more like a fell race as we had a couple of spectacular cartwheels. Trust you guys are ok. As for the parkrun itself, the wheels managed to stay on today. So we’ll start with a big thanks and well done to today’s expert team. It’s almost like you’ve done it before. Let’s have a few mishaps next week though it gives us something to write about.
So the headline stats 149 participants, from 15 running groups with 20 first timers and 19 PBs, drinking 76 cups of a ‘tea like’ substance, with 40 slices of cake. I couldn’t count the midges, more than 50 I think.
First to cross the line, for the second time in his 4 runs in the Forest was cani-crosser Howard Clark in 17:25. Howard had a bit of a wait before being followed in by debutant Chris Tubb and Harry Wood, coming in together in 19:15 and 19:18 respectively. For the ladies Chloe Wheeler, of Forest of Dean AC, was first lady in 19:45 followed by first timer Katherine Holley from Wallesey in 21:46 and Melanie Eaton in 22:19. On the age grading top returns were from Howard Clark (82.68%), Dave Lowthian (75.98%) and Chloe Wheeler (75.78%).
There were just a couple of regular milestone runs today, Junior runner Millie Eaton completed her 50th run in front of her cheering squad and brought some nice cake. I so wanted it to be Eton mess but never mind. Well done Millie. Donna Sheen completed her 100th run with a PB of 23:35. Yes, that’s the same Donna Sheen who finished a full ironman in 12 hrs 29 mins in smoky East Lancashire last Sunday. Incredible powers of recovery. Some unofficial milestones of note were Tony Owen darting around on his ‘one hundred and eighty’ and Angela Bowkett and Chris Moore both completing their 333rd runs.
And I know it’s not a race but let’s have a bit of a roll call for all the people who achieved a PB today, so well done to Wayne Hayhurst; Donna Sheen; Thomas Phillips; Phil Ord; Karen Moisley; Jasmine Readington; Rob Meakin; McKenzie Robbie; Dianne Haines; Erika Rees; Luke Wren; Rosie Boiling; Abigail Simpson; Sue Little; Joshua Matthews; Emma Clarke-Bolton Lee Beresford; Gavin Adams and Paul Middleton.
We are, as ever, very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Lisa ADAMS, Angela BOWKETT, Jacob DAY, Fiona DEAN, Sharla FLEET, Brian FRANCIS, Stefanie FRANCIS, Guy MASKALL, Mark MATHEWS, Caroline RICKARDS, Alan ROBERTSON, Katie SPENCER, Sheralyn TURNER, and Jacqui WYNDS.
There's a huge requirement for volunteers each and every week. See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Forest of Dean parkrun happen. As well as full training there's free hot drinks and bacon sandwiches (I made that bit up).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Forest of Dean parkrun Results Page