A total of 323 runners and walkers turned up to join in at a beautifully misty Graves Park this morning. We were expecting sunshine but the mist just added to the atmosphere and left a little bit of mystery about the course for those people here for the first time or as tourists from other areas. Jo gave us a pre-race brief in the fresh February air.
Jo thanked the volunteers who keep the parkrun going; this week they were: Elizabeth PERRY • Roger WALTERS • William ALVES • Nigel ARDING • Jane EVANS • Terry ARMSTRONG • Jo ECCLES • Mark DAVIS • Fran MARSHALL • Gavin NEWHOUSE • Lucy MARRIS • Chloe HENSHAW • Andrew CALLAGHAN • Dan MURPHY • Charlie LAST • Martin DOWNHAM • Eleanor WHITTINGHAM • Stephen GILMER • Michael JONES • Gillian RAY • Robert NICOL • Claire TODD • Alan DALTON • Sarah HUDSON • Kevin WONG
Carol was amongst those runners completing a milestone today. She ran her 100th parkrun and got a selfie during the pre-run briefing to celebrate. Big congratulations to her and all the others with milestones this week.
One thing I love about parkrun is that after finishing it, so many people hang around to cheer on those still taking part. This is particularly welcome at Graves with the sting-in-the-tail hill right at the end. As always, plenty of people were there to cheer on everyone in their last glorious efforts just prior to crossing the finish line.
The top positions were as follows:
|1||Benjamin MAHONEY *||18:13||1||Heather HATTON *||20:44|
|2||Michael GEOGHEGAN *||18:24||2||Sam BLAKEMORE||21:39|
|3||Robert CASSY||18:56||3||Rachel MILLER||22:32|
|* New PB|
|**Graves first timer|
We had 10 runners new to parkrun today, and a further 36 people who have not been to Graves before. Congratulations to the new parkrun participants:
|Alenka SWAIN||Claudia TURNELL||Dom SWAIN|
|Gavin RAWSON||Jim SINGLETON||Patrick O'DONNELL|
|Robert WILKINSON||Ryan BOOTH||Stephen SHERRY|
42 runners managed a PB today:
|Andrea OWENS||Bee GAN||Benjamin MAHONEY|
|Cameron Colin BATTY||Cheuk Hang MOK||David HIGGINBOTTOM|
|Emma JONES||Erica BRAMHALL||Erica KENNY|
|Fiona PANES||Geoff COUSINS||Hannah WHITEOAK|
|Harriet DAVIES||Harriet WRIGHT||Heather HATTON|
|Helen BATTY||Helen MASON||Isabelle BLACKWELL|
|James BROOMHEAD||Karen GARFORTH||Katie TAYLOR|
|Katie WILSON||Keith BUTCHER||Lesley MELLOR|
|Linda GREEN||Louise TYLER||Mia POOLE|
|Michael GEOGHEGAN||Milly HEWITT||Nadia LAMBERT|
|Neil G GRAHAM||Nicola CLEMENTS||Nigel DISBURY|
|Paul BLOCKLEY||Pauline WILSON||Sally RHODES|
|Sam DEABAITUA||Shaun KAWALEK||Shaun TURNELL|
|T ILANKO||Thomas PARKINGTON||Yvonne O'DONOVAN|
Also a big well done to these 4 who achieved milestones today:
|Cara HALL||Junior 10|
A big well done to today's highest age grade, particularly as a junior runner!
|Isabelle BLACKWELL (JW10) with 22:40 (79.93%)|
Join us again next week for more lovely parkrunning. Who knows what the weather will have in store for us...we love a surprise! Remember too: Junior parkrun at Graves takes place on Sundays.
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Thanks to Mike Jones for this week's run report and photos.
Don’t forget that there is now a junior parkrun at Graves Park on a Sunday morning too.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.
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Happy running and see you all next week