Guest Run Report – Ben Smithers

Event number 343

12th January 2019

Photos to follow [ED]

 

Before we get into this report please allow me to preface with the fact that the journey to Graves was certainly an eye opener. We all know the joys of using GPS and when we think we know the route that we are going to be taking and yet somehow the magic google lady ends up taking us up and over the Snake Pass! I genuinely was not expecting that but it certainly highlighted to me what a beautiful part of the world we were heading to over in Yorkshire!

The reason we were taking the trip all the way from Preston to this lovely parkrun was as part of the “Staying Alive challenge” which for the uninitiated is the task of completing three parkrun's beginning with a B and three beginning with a G. Who knows maybe our 38 first timers from this week might decide to venture out and try to complete this (or even some of the other challenges!) but even if not you have cracking parkrun right here at Graves park! While we’re on the subject of first timers please allow me to say a MASSIVE welcome to the parkrun family, trust me stick with it and it will change your life VERY much for the better.

 

[Picture 1 - Run Brief]

Although not a first timer to parkrun it was my first time at Graves parkrun so as is tradition we gathered round for the first timers briefing with Martin who explained the course to us. Already my partner in crime had been told that we might not quite be in the right place for a PB course but after all  parkrun isn’t about times! It’s all about getting out there and enjoying a run/jog/walk with likeminded people around the absolute gems of parks which are dotted all over the country (of which Graves is definitely one!) With the course explained and everyone knowing what to do at the finish line (TOKEN + BARCODE = FINISH TIME) we were off to the full run briefing.

Roger, our run director, had the usual safety notices to announce but first there were some milestones to celebrate. A HUGE congratulations to Judith Alabaster and Ruth Mack who were both completing their 100th parkrun on Saturday morning. Look after those 100 t-shirts ladies! It’s another 150 parkrun's until you get your next one! For the first time ever I was also made to feel somewhat of a celebrity being pulled up alongside Roger as a touring run reporter so thank you very for that! However each and every volunteer at any parkrun is a 1000% star and deserves your adulation, this week those hi-viz heros were...

Paul HIGGINBOTTOM • Roger WALTERS • Magdalena BOO • Janet CHAPMAN • Rowena YATES • Helen YOUNG • Tony BELL • Jo ECCLES • Paul CHAPMAN • Everything's Run GREEN • Tom VALENTINE • Catherine NEEDHAM • Ann-Marie MULVEY • Dan MURPHY • Gina BIGGS • Becci TAYLOR • Ashley MELLORS • Ben SMITHERS • Sue RANSOM • Sally WARD • Stuart ROOKER • Martin DOWNHAM • Sarah SANDERSON • Joseph MALLINSHAW • Leanne MALLINDER • Amanda TOWERS • Amelia SANDERSON • Amy ALLCARD • Julie ARMSTRONG

 

[Picture 2 - On the Bench]

Having performed this traditional parkrun ritual of celebrating all those who had done something to celebrate in parkrun terms, whether that be dragging yourself out of bed for your first run or coming along for your 411th (WOW Lizzie Wilkinson) it was time to get the show on the road.

The beginning of Graves could certainly deceive those who have not read a course description as after the flat first straight we were off DOWNHILL with some of our faster runners really going for it and hammering it as we turned the first corner and headed downhill. Waiting at the bottom was one of the true heroes of parkrun in full hi-viz gear with a smile and a well done at the ready to coax us all on!

As everyone knows though what goes down must come back up (I’m sure that’s how that saying goes) but the wood lined paths of Graves park are so lovely to run through that the extra pain of running up hill was negated. After more woodland running we were off around the edge of the field we were soon running through farmland and past some of the usual wildlife where some of the volunteers were even willing to pose to get their photo into the Run Report. Let us just say I’m glad that all of the subjects of this photo are more photogenic than me!

 

[Picture 3 - Marshall and Moo Cows]

Soon after we were heading through familiar terrier and could see the cafe coming not far away in the distance.But wait! The run briefing definitely mentioned a lake and prior to finishing our first lap we were off around it! Knowing that the second lap was going to be shorter was definitely a bonus though and the pace quickened as we came around the lake. Much thanks to the lady who was keeping a very similar pace to me for giving me that extra bit of a reason to push on!

Having lapped the lake we were then headed back around the field and could see Graves army of volunteers cheering us in.

After that it was a simple matter of heading off for another lap around Graves park cutting out the lap of the lake this time with plenty of cheering and thanking of volunteers as per standard procedure for so many on a Saturday morning.

At the finish line we were greeted by an army of volunteers ready to congratulate each and every runner and officially record their parkrun achievements no matter what they are! Now I must admit I only have one issue with this parkrun. I want to do it again but it’s a good hour and a half away ;-)

 

[Picture 4 - Finish Funnel]

Graves parkrun you were absolutely brilliant and next time we are in Sheffield it’s going to be a very difficult decision between coming back and trying out another of Sheffields no doubt fabulous parkrun's. Thank you very much for being such wonderful hosts and know that I now have your parkrun on my list of DEFINITELY DO AGAIN!

 

After all that fun for those who take their running a bit more seriously here’s some statistics:

This week 344 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom...

 

19 were first timers at any parkrun...

Claire BELL Daniel DE ARRIBA Elizabeth CLAY
Emma JONES Ian HAWLEY Joshua David ELLIN
Matthew GASCOIGNE Natalie PHILLIPS Neil MOTLEY
Nicola CLEMENTS Nigel DISBURY Rachael HODGSON
Rachel ALLCARD Richard FOSTER Sam DEABAITUA
Sean PARKIN Shaun TURNELL Sue JACKLIN
William EARL

 

19 were visiting Graves for the first time...

Anna TRASK Annabel SHARRATT Ben SMITHERS
Gareth WILLIAMS Gavin SANDERSON Gemma PRINCE
Gina BIGGS Heather IRESON Helen BLUNDELL
Helen DEAKIN Jonathan PITMAN Kathryn LITTLE
Kathryn SPARSHOTT Leon ENGLAND Mike HORWOOD
Rebecca JOYCE Stephen LANCASTER Tom POOLE
Wayne MORTON

 

29 recorded new Personal Bests...

Alex HYLAN Andrea OWENS Caroline WALTHEW
Chris BROWN Daniel MILLS Darren BRISTOW
Emma MORGAN Geoff COUSINS Hannah RAPAPORT
Harvey BATTY Jayne FOSTER Kathryn DEAKIN
Kim LEYLAND Kirsty BRIGGS Lee CODDINGTON
Lesley MELLOR Lilie EVANS Lizzie ALABASTER
Mark RHODES Mia POOLE Michael SEEL
Milly HEWITT Richard WELLS Robert HUTCHINGS
Sakura GASCOIGNE Sam GRAY Stephen LUMBARD
Tim KEEN Victoria BROWN

 

Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Graves parkrun Results Page.

 

Male Female
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Oliver HART 18:59 1 Celia NAYLOR 22:04
2 James HARTLEY 19:04 2 Jane GARDINER 22:56
3 Stuart SCOTT 19:17 3 Kate DYMOND 23:26
* New PB
**Graves first timer

 

The female record is held by Lauren DAVIES-BECKETT who recorded a time of 18:44 on 21st June 2014 (event number 115).

The male record is held by Joseph NEWMAN-BILLINGTON who recorded a time of 16:19 on 1st September 2018 (event number 323).

The Age Grade course record is held by Yvonne TWELVETREE who recorded 90.48% (23:27) on 19th August 2017 (event number 274).

 

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.

Thanks to Ben Smithers for this weeks report, if you fancy contributing, get in touch!

Happy parkrunning!