Run Report 29th Sep 2018
by Mark Pinney (A2522444)
We arrived at Frimley Lodge parkrun at 8:30am having travelled for just 45 minutes from Kings Langley (near Watford) to run our 54th different event. Unusually my partner and I were joined by friends this week as we had a few other tourists running with us to celebrate Annette Howard's 200th parkrun. Having volunteered to write this Run Report we made our way over to introduce ourselves to Karen BARNARD (Volunteer Co-ordinator for the day) who looked very busy but was handling the pressure admirably. I'd like to start by saying a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:
Gareth BAKER, Karen BARNARD, Sian BARROW, Abigail BARTON, Samantha BENSON, Peter BERRIMAN, Pam BERRIMAN, Nigel BOARD, Dave BUSH, Jonathan CANTELO-JONES, Lucinda COBB, Amanda Dorothy CRITCHELL, Dave DABORN, Declan DAVIS-PORTER, Paige DIXON, Penny ELLIOTT, Ian ELLIOTT, Dawn FAILES, William FORSTER, Joyce GILBERT, Alan GREAVES, Andrew HIBBITT, Brian HOLDEN, David LENAGHAN, Alison LENAGHAN, Ross MACLAGAN, Dave MAY, John MEPHAM, Naomi MISTRY, John MURDOCH, Mark PINNEY, Neil PURCELL, Chantelle SEABY, Imogen SMITH, Roger SMITH, Lauraine SPARKES, Mark SYMES, John TAYLOR, Bob TURNER, James WALSH, Simon WHILLIS, Anne WHILLIS, Emma WILSON, Martin WOOD, Darren WOOD
The course itself was absolutely brilliant with 2 laps around a mixture of trail and grass, with special mention of the long tow path which was very picturesque. I usually have to stop and catch my breath a few times during a 5k, but today I managed to run the whole 2 laps without stopping so this just made the day even more memorable for me.
Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers can be seen at the end of the fast version.
The fast version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW5ZILpFzK0
The full version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyYASQkPELM
I got chatting to Richard WILLIAMS (who finished in 15th position) before the start as he had seen some of my videos before and he also videos some of his runs so please look out for him on YouTube.
On to the stats....
This week we had 498 runners, joggers and walkers. 20 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 192 Female and 286 Male.
First 3 Males were Alex HALFACRE in a superb time of 16:31, Mark SYMES just behind in 16:35 (and got the highest Age Grade of the day at 88.24%) and Adam CRACKNELL in 17:22. First 3 Females were Abigail FUDGE in a great new PB time of 19:51, Caitriona FARRELL in 21:25 and Tracey DAVIDSON in 21:35.
There were an astonishing 56 parkrunners who were new to Frimley Lodge of whom 23 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 103 PBs. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.
The "most runniest runner" is of course Darren WOOD on 686 parkruns (most parkruns in the world!), but there was 1 other member of the 500 club, 34 members of the 250 club, 97 members of the 100 Club and 85 members of the 50 Club. There were 3 milestones achieved today, Martin KENSETT joined the 100 club and Stephanie STRATH & Ave TURNER joined the 50 Club. Well done to you all!
The 326th finisher today was Brian HOLDEN who has run at Frimley Lodge more often than anyone else, an amazing 404 times out of a possible 449. Well done Brian, that's commitment!!
We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.