Graves parkrun #341.
Happy New Year! And what a great event it was.
Me and my little family kicked 2019 off by helping to marshal a record breaking 396 runners around a dry and occasionally sunny Graves park. The dog and I ran to the park for Mind’s RED challenge, then took up our spot between the ponds, whilst my partner and the tiny tyrant got cow poo corner! You'll have noticed the enthusiastic dad jokes as you headed for the finish.
I'm assured that Run Director Gav’s briefing had everyone chomping at the bit to get going. As the gags flew thick and fast participants trying to do the new year double Parkrun were pawing the ground and stamping with enthusiasm to get to Hillsborough and Poolsbrook. There was no need to worry as Poolsbrook’s Andy Morris came to run his 100th Graves at Graves but shot off to be the Run Director for his second event of the day.
We had lots to celebrate this week. Apart from the record turnout, there were also many milestones. Congratulations to all the following people:
Local legend Roger Knightley was out on his 200th event. Emma Barker and Marie Hippey and Caz Kay were all celebrating their 100th run.
We welcomed 9 first timers to Graves,hopefully see you all again soon.
|Adrian HOTSON||Akira KANEDA||Charlotte KENNEDY|
|Chris WILLIAMS||Ewan KENNEDY||Helen BATTY|
|Jo JARVIS||Julie BIRTLES||Sarah KENNEDY|
And well done to the 57 tourists.
|Alex GREEN||Andrew THOMPSON||Andy HOLLINGUM|
|Andy YOUNG||Angela HOLLINGUM||Anthony BOWYER|
|Bart LAWRENCE||Callum WOODWARD||Cameron Colin BATTY|
|Christopher MOSS||Claire CARTLEDGE||Daniel DUNN|
|Edward PINNOCK||Emma DONSON||Gemma MORRIS|
|Gordon FIANDER||Hannah WHITEOAK||Harvey BATTY|
|Iain NESS||Jacob KENNEDY||James BALKWILL|
|Jamie THOMPSON||Jason CRABB||Jenni FIANDER|
|Josh BOWEN||Kenneth KENNEDY||Kerry SAVILLE|
|Kirsty SUTTON||Linda BILLAM||Linda VAN GELDER|
|Lorna MIDWOOD||Lucy LYNCH||Malcolm BAGGALEY|
|Mark LAWTON||Mark WITHAM||Martin SUTCLIFFE|
|Matt DUNBAR||Matthew GILES||Mia KOFOED KRISTIANSEN|
|Michael BOWEN||Michael CLEARY||Michael PLANT|
|Nicholas BOWEN||Nick OSULLIVAN||Paul MIDDLEMAS|
|Paul SHACKLETON||Paul STOKES||Peter GOODFELLOW|
|Peter MCCOY||Rachael HONEYMAN||Rachel PERRY|
|Richard TIBBLE||Robyn PAYNE||Samantha ISAAC|
|Sarah CHAMBERLAIN||Sarah HONEYMAN||Wayne SUTER|
Finally, a massive shout to all the volunteers who filled the empty slots since Saturday.
Laura ALSTON, Daniel ALSTON, Michael Peter ANYON, Julie ARMSTRONG, Magdalena BOO, Steve BRAMHALL, Lucy COWELL, Martin DOWNHAM, Jo ECCLES, Alexis FOSTER, Fran GRACE, Sarah HARRIS, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Sue HUTCHINSON, Angela JACKSON, Duncan MCLEAN, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Carol PARSONS, Robyn PAYNE, Gillian RAY, Lindsay STANSALL, Jennie STEVENS, Tim WALTERS
Without you all the event can't run...Parkrun HQ say that if everyone volunteered 3 times per year, nationally there would never be a deficit so please come and take part in both sides of the event.
Kate Reece got top age graded result:
|Kate REECE (VW65-69) with 24:55 (82.61%)|
With the following people entering the funnel first. A real achievement.
|1||David MILLNS *||18:07||1||Lauren DAVIES-BECKETT||21:29|
|2||Bruno BECKETT||18:16||2||Caz KAY||21:57|
|3||Joseph HIBBERT||18:24||3||Sarah BURRELL||22:00|
|* New PB|
|**Graves first timer|
We also saw 39 people hitting a new PB.
|Alannah BOLTON||Alfie SUDDRICK||Amanda HOLTEY|
|Andrew FISHER||Andrew R||Ben STEEL|
|Christopher TAYLOR-COOK||Claire BRACEGIRDLE||Damien MATTHIAS|
|Daniel FORD||David MILLNS||Denise ADAMS-JACKSON|
|Erica ORAM||Hannah MCCORMACK||Helen ASHFIELD|
|Helen GREGORY||James BOREMAN||Jamie KAY|
|Jessica CARMAN||Kev SAVILLE||Lauren FORD|
|Lena MARSTON-GIROUX||Lucy BOWMAN||Michael PAYNE|
|Nathan GASCOIGNE||Nicky HINE||Owen FORD|
|Penny MERRETT||Rachel SUDDRICK||Rebecca CARMAN|
|Robert NICOL||Ruth FORD||Samantha DRAPER|
|Stephen HOWARD||Steve GARNER||Teresa DINEEN|
|Thomas CANNON||Wayne CHURCH||Will DOYLE|
Chris and his guide dog Eric were back to complete their challenge of 6 Parkruns in 15 days for one of our local goalball teams. Good luck with the rest of your fundraising! (For anyone wanting to know about Goalball have a look at this great video on the Goalball UK website. http://www.goalballuk.com/the-sport/)
On a personal note, thank you to all of you who cheered, smiled and in one case sang to me on tuesday. It was great to see people skipping, jogging, running, walking, pushing, guiding, puffing in the new year. Everyone should be smug that they were out first thing in the morning to participate!
Keep an eye on Facebook in case of last minute weather related cancellations and remember to dress for the conditions.
If you have any questions, or wish to sign up as a volunteer you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also look at the available roles and gaps here… http://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/futureroster/
Happy New Year folks,