A slightly damp and dark autumnal morning didn’t put off 234 parkrunners and 25 volunteers turning up to Graves Parkrun #335. Roger was RD this week, and a very happy RD as all the key volunteer roles filled up early in the week, with some spontaneous volunteering on the morning too! Roger led the briefing with all the usual announcements.
This week Graves parkrun welcomed students and staff from Meadowhead School. There were 13 students from Y7 to Y13, accompanied by 3 members of staff, from their couch 2 5k group (and I also spotted a few parents trying to keep up!). Mr Sam Tooby-Broome (Teacher at Meadowhead School who was leading the students) said that this was the students’ first ever 5km, and they were being sponsored to raise money for mental health awareness in school.
They all finished, with a smile and sprint to the line. As we ran through the sheep and cow fields I chatted with some of the young people who told me that running graves parkrun course was very different to laps of the school rugby pitch; unless the school chef is having a bad day! And where else will you find a cow-poo corner followed death slide hill.
Parkrun is associated with positive mental, and physical, health outcomes and many people come to parkrun, not just to run, but for other reasons such as being part of the community, a sense of achievement and seeing friends, whilst running or walking and talking. If anyone wants support to attend Graves parkrun for the first time, or someone to talk, walk or run with, there are volunteers who will help. Please email the Graves Office or message.
Graves parkrun wouldn’t’ be possible without the volunteers and a massive thank you to all the volunteers this week: Amy ALLCARD • Carol SPEIGHT • Charlie LAST • David SHEPPARD • Emma GOODLIFFE • Everything's Run GREEN • Gavin NEWHOUSE • Graham NIELD • Janet CHAPMAN • Jill MARSTON-GIROUX • Jo ECCLES • Jon HOWSON • Julie ARMSTRONG • Katherine HARKNESS • Lynn FINDLAY • Magdalena BOO • Nicole NIELD • Nigel ARDING • Paul CHAPMAN • Paul HIGGINBOTTOM • Robert NICOL • Roger WALTERS • Stuart ROOKER • Sue RANSOM • Tom VALENTINE
And we now have a ‘volunteers white board’ at the clothes bush if anyone wants to sign up whilst at parkrun for the following week.
FIRST TIMERS. This week we welcomed 30 first timers to Graves parkrun; 13 of who were completing their first ever parkrun. Well done everyone and hope you visit again soon:
Completing Graves for the first time were: Ewan CRAWFORD Scott James WILSON Stephen WYATT Daisy PICKLES Sarah O'NEILL Lucy EDDOWES Lisa SABIR Gabriel ARMITAGE David MUNDAY
Jacob ARMITAGE John ARMITAGE Elizabeth JOHNSTON Stewart JOHNSTON Paul HEMSWORTH Ian PENSON Ben GREEN Jean PENSON
And completing their first ever parkrun were: Benjamin ROBERTS Georgina THOMAS Emily WALSH
Lizzie BRADY Samantha BIRD Sally RHODES Niki MILLS Tommy MURRAY Grace MARSH Kaya SILL Jacob WATTAM Andy BRYSON Xianna CARBERRY-CONSADINE
PB’s: There were a very well deserved 30 PBs this morning: Jacob SHIPLEY Oliver ROBINSON Alex OSBORNE Michael HULTON Kanch SHARMA Will DOYLE Phil LEIGHTON Brian THORNHILL
Finlay GRAY Grace WALKER Kevin WALKER Darren GRAY Greg FREEMAN Robert HUTCHINGS
Ben PEARSON Joanne WALKER Emma GIBSON Shelagh FREEMAN Amanda TOWERS
Peter JACKSON Cara HALL Katherine HARKNESS Mary LINDOP Ian FEELEY Rachel Louise MARSDEN Andrea OWENS Jess ADAMS Abigail HERRING Daniel MILLS Claire BONNETT
This weeks top placed male finishers were:
- Ewan CRAWFORD 17:44*
- Scott James WILSON 18:17*
- Stuart CARRACK 18:51
And top placed Female finishers:
- Daisy PICKLES 22:12*
- Sarah O’NEILL 22:17*
- Rebecca PARKER 23:03
*Graves first timer
And top age grade finisher was Helen EBERLIN with 84.62%
OPT IN TO VOLUNTEER E-MAILS
Unfortunately we can’t send volunteer e-mails to anyone unless they have opted in previously so if you’ve thought about it but have never had an e-mail please follow these instructions:
Follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails.
Please keep an eye out on Facebook for any cancellation notices before heading to Graves, we will always try to let people know as early as possible of any issues, but safety of those taking part will always be our priority!