The weekly parkrun results page is always the source of delight for us obsessional stats geeks, isn't it? Just me.... oh, well: I'm writing the run report so I get to focus on whatever I want (Aside: if anyone wants to write the run report, please let us know - it is open to anyone who wants to give us their thoughts. Just email the office at email@example.com).
I would imagine that the results page is mainly used by individual runners, checking their times and positions against previous weeks, and seeing how many parkruns they have completed. But I've looked at the first three weeks' results in a bit more depth, to see how the event is doing overall.
Saturday saw 124 people completing the course, almost exactly the same as last week. The received wisdom from the parkrun world says that new events see numbers drop back a little after the first event, and then build up again over the next few months. We appear to be following that pattern. Digging a little deeper, the figures show that over 100 people have joined teh wonderful parkrun community, and run their first ever parkrun in the past three weeks at Glossop. In all, 291 different runners have done the three laps of Manor Park, and we have run a total of 2040km (a distance from Glossop to Potsdam in Germany).
First finisher on Saturday was Leon Foster in 18:22 in his first appearance here. Leon is a parkrun "uber-tourist" having run 118 parkruns at 117 different courses (go on, Leon, we would love to see you again). Steve Knowles (18:39) and Charlie Eaton (19:36) followed him home. First female finisher was Zara Blower in 21:05, followed by Charlotte Allee (23:42) and Madeline Pilbury(23:45). Also very worthy of note is Frank Fielding who hit the age-related grading 75.99%, a course record, having finished in 15th position in (21:52). 49 personal bests were recorded. All fantastic stuff.
Could I also make a couple of appeals? Firstly, you may have noticed a link in your results email to the "Donate Your Time" initiative that parkrun are running throughout October, with their national charity partner, Alzheimer's Research UK. The idea is that parkrunnners donate an amount of money based on their finish time at parkrun. More information can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIHS6JidIjM&feature=youtu.be
Secondly, Mick Owen from WellFit was at parkrun on Saturday. WellFit is a Glossop based social enterprise using physical activity to improve people's health and sense of wellbeing in Glossop and beyond. WellFit is looking to appoint a Jog Leader to do a couple of hours per week in Nov & Dec leading low level runs, related to the project. If you are interested in this, please contact Mick at firstname.lastname@example.org: Mick will also be at parkrun in the next few weeks, so we'll point him out.