New runners a plenty

A crisp, dry winter morning greeted 330 runners, joggers and walkers at Graves for parkrun #342 this morning. Jo, nobly standing in for Catherine (who was otherwise occupied with her son’s chickenpox!) greeted the crowd and took care of the usual briefing.  Runners were especially reminded not to duck the funnel as this really does mess up the results of everyone coming in afterwards, and to remember that parkrun is A RUN, NOT A RACE!

 

Volunteers were thanked and enthusiastically applauded: well done and thanks to everyone who wrapped up to scan, marshal and cheer on the runners and walkers on a chilly morning Elaine BIRD, Stephen BIRTLES, Magdalena BOO, Cath DAVIES, Jo ECCLES, Harriet EISNER, Joe 'the Pirate' ELLIS, Tony ELLIS, Stephen GILMER, Emma GOODLIFFE, Chloe HENSHAW, Ruth HOFFMAN, Jane HUGHES, Kat JONES, Charlie LAST, Kerry MARSTON-GIROUX, Ann-Marie MULVEY, Dan MURPHY, Catherine NEEDHAM, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Robert NICOL, Stuart ROOKER, Amelia SANDERSON, Neil SCHOFIELD, Megan SMITH, Kate TETLEY, Amanda TOWERS.

 

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A special well done was given to Sara Hinch, who was running her 50ththis week.

 

First timers and tourists were encouraged to make themselves known; however, it seems that most chose to keep a low profile…there were only one or two shout outs from the 25 people doing their first run at Graves today.

 

Belinda SING GEN Brett SING GEN Debbie ALEXANDER
Faye DAVIES Hannah RAPAPORT Isobel EYRES
Joel LEWIS Jonathan SMITH Kathryn RANGELEY
Kerry BROOKS Laura RANGELEY Libby KINGWELL
Mark TAYLOR Matt FOSTER Michael INGS
Nicky ASTLE Peter DAVIS Rachel BURT
Rachel BURTON Sadif RASHID Sadjida CARTER
Sam MCELROY Sarah JACKSON Stephen LUMBARD
Stuart KINGWELL    

 

One visitor from Peterborough was brave enough to make himself known; however, a peek at the results page revealed runners from Barnsley, London, Beeston and South Africa!  Welcome to Graves, everyone: we hope that you enjoyed your visit today and that you will be back with us again soon.

 

There were an amazing 24 people doing their first ever parkrun today.  It’s great to see so many giving parkrun a try and remember, it’s not just for January!

 

Alex DOUGLASS Andrew DINEEN Dan JAMESON
Daniel EVANS Emily BOOKER Geoff COUSINS
Jake DAVIDSON Jayne FOSTER Jenny WATSON
Kirsty BRIGGS Lesley MELLOR Lilie EVANS
Maisie BURN Mia POOLE Paula STREET
Rachael FIRTH Richard WELLS Sam GRAY
Sarah FOSTER Sarah KEEGAN Sarah MCGOLDRICK
Sarah SMITH Shaohua CUI William SEEDHOUSE

 

An incredible 31 runners were able to bag a PB today, in spite of the high turnout. Good work everyone!

 

Adam MITCHELL Alex SULTER Amanda TOWERS
Andrew TAYLOR Brian THORNHILL Chris ALLEN
Chris REA Christopher BROWN Claire BONNETT
Clive John WILSON Dan FIRTH Erin SHAW
Jamie KAY Jennie STEVENS Julie BIRD
Julie BIRTLES Katherine PEARSON Kelvin BROWN
Khulan STEVENS Lesley BROSNAN Mark WILLIAMS
Milly HEWITT Pauline WILSON Rob EARL
Robert DICKINSON Rowan WALTERS Sakura GASCOIGNE
Samantha DRAPER Sebastian PUGH Susan GUY
Tom VALENTINE    

 

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With the New Year well and truly with us it’s worth remembering that, as well as chasing PBs, there are some other running resolutions worth keeping in mind.  Parkrun is a true community event and entirely staffed by volunteers so making a resolution to volunteer to support your local parkrun should be on everyone’s list at this time of year.  For more experienced runners, taking a place at the back to run with a new or returning runner once in a while is a great way to ensure that parkrun is accessible to everyone and to support the running community.

 

Finishing positions

 

Male     Female    
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Tom VALENTINE * 19:01 1 Louise PERRINS 22:54
2 Nigel HOWARD 19:22 2 Erin SHAW * 22:56
3 Tom BOLLARD 19:30 3 Rebecca WALKER 23:04

 

* New PB

**Graves first timer

 

This week’s top age graded result this week was…

Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 27:48 (82.79%)

 

Notices

 

With the colder weather being well and truly here, 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!

 

As usual, the event would not run anywhere near as well without the wonderful group of volunteers that Graves parkrun attracts. Please remember it’s easy to volunteer, just leave a message on the Graves parkrun Facebook page or e-mail the Graves team on: graveshelpers@parkrun.com or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.

 

Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail gravesoffice@parkrun.com

Don’t forget that there is a junior parkrun at Graves Park on a Sunday morning too.

 

Happy parkrunning!

Amanda