A run report full of stats
by Amanda Critchell
“Not as cold as it might have been and not too muddy”, seems to have been the judgment of most people I spoke to on Saturday, although I still thought it was really very cold and slippery underfoot! However, in spite of these apparently reasonable conditions for the time of year the downward trend in our attendance figures continued this week (since the record breaking 741 on New Years’ Day) with just 533 running or walking our course. However, whilst this downward trend across January appears to have been a feature of recent years, looking back at the stats, in the first few years at Frimley Lodge, the opposite was true, with the New Years’ Day run having, traditionally, a lower turn-out and the numbers picking up as January continued. Despite the group from Bracknell parkrun winning the visitor postcard this week for being the visitors from furthest afield, it appears that there were plenty of visitors about, who perhaps didn’t reveal themselves in the run briefing. There were 64 people at Frimley Lodge parkrun for the first time and a massive 40, for whom it was their first ever parkrun. In spite of the not too bad conditions, however, just 60 people (11%) achieved a new personal best time and, of those, more than a quarter were running just their 2nd parkrun at Frimley Lodge.
Mark Symes finished first in a time of 17:37 and also achieved the highest age-graded score this week of 83.73%. It was the second week in a row that Mark finished first and his 177th first-place finish at Frimley Lodge parkrun to date (out of 340 runs). Mark is currently 9th in the all-time parkrun first-place finishers’ list with 181 first finishes in total. Alex Mogford, who more usually runs at Guildford, finished second and Callum Darby was third on his 196th parkrun. Koji Myazaki (4th overall) achieved the second highest age-grading score this week of 82.14% for his time of 19:02 and he was just one second away from running the date with his time!
Naomi Wyatt was the first female to finish with a time of 21:06 on her 74th parkrun. Naomi has finished first for the last 3 weeks in a row and it was her 6th first-place finish overall. Naomi started running parkrun in 2016 at Reigate Priory parkrun, but has made Frimley Lodge her home since January 2018. Jo Longmuir finished second in a time of 21:17 and achieved the third highest overall age-graded score of 77.84%. Lois Oliver was third in 21:56 in just her 5th parkrun and her first at Frimley Lodge. All of Lois’ other parkruns have been run at Coffs Harbour parkrun on the western coast of Australia and she may have been our visitor who had travelled the furthest to reach us this week.
Well done to all of our junior runners and particularly to Rebekah Smith (JW15-17) who was the first junior woman to finish this week with a new PB of 22:07, which was her second in a row and her 8th PB over the last 12 months, wiping a massive 6 minutes and 24 seconds from her time in the last year alone. Ines Goncalves (JW15-17) was the second junior lady, who finished in 23:05 and who also achieved a PB of 23:05, reducing her best time by more than 3 minutes since her last PB in 2015. Christina Denbigh (JW11-14), was third with her time of 23:58. For the junior men, Thomas Denbigh (JM15-17) was first on his 99th parkrun with a time of 20:01. Liam Byrne (JM15-17) was second in 20:45 and Alfred Boese was third in 20:58. Congratulations to you all.
Congratulations also, to all of you who celebrated a milestone parkrun this week. Andrew Scrowcrof and Keith Hull both achieved their 250th parkruns this week. Sarah Campbell-Foster, Tonya Mayes and Alexis Shirtliff all reached their 100th parkrun, whilst Jack Hobbs and Ceri Magness both completed their 50th parkrun. The juniors’ 10 parkruns’ club also welcomed the new members of Matthew Knight (JM10), Harry Devitt (JM10) and Maisy Farrington (JW11-14). Well done to all of you and also to Koji Myazaki who achieved the unofficial milestone of 150 parkruns.
A special congratulations also to our Event Director, Brian Holden, and our regular timer-keeper and results processor, Roger Smith, who have both now volunteered on 450 separate occasions and have both completed many different volunteer roles and jobs over the years to keep Frimley Lodge parkrun running smoothly. A huge thank you to both of you.
Well done to all of you who achieved a PB this week. The person who achieved a PB and who had run the most parkruns at Frimley Lodge was Marc Dubresson, who finished in a time of 22:33 on his 90th parkrun and his 81st at Frimley Lodge. Our oldest parkrunners to achieve a PB were Margaret Hopkins, 44:34 and Richard Hailstone, 36:10, who were both in the 65-69 age group. At the other end of the scale, the youngest runners who achieved a PB were all aged 10 years or less and were: Annika Toft, 32:55; Sophie Coates, 31:08 and Daniel Orbell, 22:06. There were just 11 people who achieved a PB and who had run 10 parkruns or more at Frimley Lodge and those, who I have not previously mentioned, were: Bryan Smith, 22:55; Simon Tigg, 23:55; Maisie Oliver (JW11-14), 27:45; April Howlett, 33:20; Patrick Coppins, 26:54; Adrian Laidlaw, 26:59; Anthony Brimble, 27:17 and Brian Theobold, 25:26.
Finally, thank you to all of our 41 volunteers who made our parkrun possible this week. A particular thank you to all of our marshals, who had to stand for quite a long time in the very cold conditions. If you haven’t volunteered before, why not give it a go, it gives you a different perspective of the run and allows you to meet new people, who you probably run with each week, but never meet. You could volunteer and still run, by helping with one of the set-up or close down roles, or even write this run report! Alternatively, if you are not planning on running one week, why not volunteer instead?