By Amanda Critchell
A beautiful, sunny, but cooler morning greeted the 571 people who ran, jogged and walked Frimley Lodge parkrun this week. The overnight rain had dampened down the dust of previous weeks and had managed to leave the course firm underfoot, perfect conditions for those who were PB hunting this week and 92 of you succeeded. With Rushmoor back up and running this week, visitor numbers were a little reduced, but there were still 67 first timers and for 35 of those, it was their first parkrun. Both Windle Valley Runners and Cove Joggers were out in force in club colours and with lots of cake! Windle Valley were celebrating the graduation of their couch to 5km running group and congratulations to everyone who ran their first or graduating 5km this week. However, the purple of Cove Joggers was to honour Dennis Devey, who, at the other end of the scale, completed his 250th parkrun at the age of 84.
In a return to the standard, Mark Symes finished first in 16:51 and also achieved the highest age-grading this week of 86.84%. Rian McCawley was second in 16:57 and Paul Gaylor finished third in 17:03 with the second highest age-grading, which equalled his age-graded PB of 86.5%. The person who scored the third highest age-grading was Martin Wilson (VM70-74) who achieved 84.53% with a time of 21:07.
The first woman to finish was Niki Densley who achieved a PB of 19:52 on her 11th parkrun. Clare Read was second in 20:13 as a first time parkrunner and Ffion Harris was third with a PB of 20:52, which was her second PB in a row. Judith Guest (VW70-74), a visitor from Bracknell parkrun, achieved the highest age-grading for a woman with 81.22% for her time of 27:52.
The first three junior men to finish were all from Bracknell AC and all finished in a row in 4th, 5th and 6 positions respectively. Cameron Enser (JM 15-17) led the way with 17:57, followed by his brother Ted Enser (JM 11-14) with a PB of 18:20 and he was closely followed by Harry Prescott (JM 11-14) also with a PB of 18:21. Harley Dawe (JM10) achieved the highest age-grading for all of the junior runners of 81.96% with a new PB of 21:43. Poppy Morris (JW11-14) led the way for the junior women, finishing in a time of 21:54 and she also achieved the highest age-grading for a junior lady of 74.35%. Caitriona Farrell (JW15-17) was second in 22:41 and Katherine Jackson-Chellen (JW 15-17) was third with 24:30.
Well done to everyone who celebrated achieving a milestone parkrun this week. Jess Raynsford (JW11-14) and Daniel Densley (JM10) both joined the juniors’ 10+ parkruns’ club. Julie Gibbs, Andrew (George) Martin, Dilwyn Jones and Stephanie Durham (who also finished with a new PB of 27:59) all reached their 50th parkruns. A particular well done to the Gibbs’ family who all attempted to run together in celebration of Julie’s 50th, in spite of starting towards the back in busy course conditions, a wide variety of running speeds, both Julie and Fraser running close to their PBs, a troublesome balloon and a shoe lace becoming untied! Well done to Paul Swarbrick who joined the 100+ parkruns’ club, having started at Frimley Lodge in 2014. Huge congratulations also to both Paul Williams and Dennis Devey who both reached their 250th parkruns. Local running legend, Dennis is a regular feature at Frimley Lodge, although in recent times, he has spurned the colder and wetter running conditions. He started running parkrun in Frimley Lodge’s first year, 2010. During his parkrun career, he achieved a PB of 32:20 at the age of 77 and on his 250th run, he ran a season’s best of 54:40.
Well done to everyone who achieved a PB this week. As is often the case, the majority (52) of those who managed this feat, were running their 10th parkrun or less. It is a massive achievement to have run faster around our course than you have done before, but most find it gets even more difficult, the more often that you have run that course! Our runner with the most parkruns to achieve a PB this week was Martin Powell, who achieved a PB of 24:56 on his 207th parkrun. However, Martin more regularly runs at Kingston parkrun and has only run 20 parkruns at Frimley Lodge. So, Callum Darby was the runner with the most parkruns run at Frimley Lodge parkrun and who achieved a PB, with 18:35 on his 172nd parkrun. Others who had run more than 20 parkruns (who I haven’t already mentioned in this report) and who achieved a PB were: Alasdair Nuttall, 19:28 (his third PB in 6 weeks); Martine Thompson, 31:05; Emma Howden, 30:59; Robert Guest (VM70-74), 32:54 (our oldest runner to achieve a PB); Simon Crisp, 21:24; Mike Godwin, 20:47; Sophie Krousti, 23:07; Maisie Oliver, 30:29 (JW11-14); John Drake, 21:52; Sam Gurung, 27:41; Edward Martin (JM15-17), 23:10; Samantha Benson, 28:52; Thomas Drake (JM10), 21:36; Charles Omer, 23:39; Cathy Lafrenais, 23:42 and Tim Carman, 19:17.
Finally, congratulations to Paul Hobbs who, on his 139th parkrun and his 131st at Frimley Lodge, managed to run the date, finishing in a time of 28:07. Thank you to all of our valiant volunteers, who stood, walked, scanned, marshalled, timed, organised, set up and put away to enable us to all enjoy our parkruns in the sun. As the school holidays are now upon us, more people are away and we tend to miss some of our regular volunteers. If you feel able to, why not try a volunteer rather than run one week and see parkrun from a different perspective. However, don’t forget that Frimley Lodge parkrun will be closed next week (4th August) and so we look forward to seeing everyone again on the 11th August, when a certain wonderful volunteer coordinator and parkrun ambassador might be celebrating a significant milestone run!