Greenwich parkrun #434 – 21st April 2018

Run Director: Hugh BOYLE

There’s always that extra-special vibe around at the Greenwich parkrun on the eve of the London Marathon and event 434 was no different. A sunny and breezy Avery Hill park was teeming with runners and volunteers from as early as 8:15 for a change. Marathon volunteers arrived early to pick up their accreditation IDs and kit, and seasoned parkrun tourists descended on the only parkrun in the borough where the London Marathon starts. A total of 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course, aided by 26 volunteers. 24 of the finishers were first time visitors to Avery Hill, made up mostly of seasoned tourists with 7 people recording their first ever parkrun. There was even some cake on offer to people after the run.

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Despite the slight breeze, running conditions were near perfect at 15°C with 38 people recording PBs. The frontrunners led the way with the first 4 finishers all setting new marks. In fact all top 3 male and female finishers either set new PBs or equalled an existing one. Of the mere mortals who’ve run at least 20 times here, Sally CARR’s 23rd PB in 75 runs, was the standout performance. She was ably backed up by Darren ATTRIDGE’s 8th PB in 56 runs and Robert DEVANEY who got his 5th PB on his 50th milestone run. Keith FARQUHAR got his latest PB on his 31st run, Rachel NORMAN after 26 runs and Martin JOHNSON and Barry HADINGHAM, both after 24 runs.

Milestones

Congratulations to Run Director, Mavis WILLIAMS as she reached the 250 run milestone with her fastest run since September! She dipped under 30 minutes for the first time since then with 29:32.

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Congratulations also to Robert DEVANEY who set a new PB of 27:38 to stake a claim for the 50 club tshirt.

Male Placings

The 3 fastest males all finished in new record times. Laurence HILL (SM20-24) finished in 17:10 on his 5th run here, Martin JOHNSON (VM35-39) in 18:22 and Will ROOSE (SM30-34) was 4th overall in 19:37.

Female Placings

Victoria BASQUILL (VW45-49) of Serpentine RC was first to finish (3rd overall) to record her 10th PB of 19:28 on her 46th run here. Alexandra CLAESSENS (JW11-14) of DofE equalled her PB of 21:09 which was set last week, to finish 2nd and 20th overall, and Vicky ROPER (VW40-44) set a new PB of 21:40 to place 3rd and 23rd overall.

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.

Massive thanks to the 26 volunteers who helped to make it all happen: Alan B COX • Wole ODELE • Ian KING • Simon HANCE • Hugh BOYLE • Terry WOOTTON •: Paul TILL • Georgia TILL • Keith HIGGINS • Mark JENKINSON • Derek HOPKINS • Linsey HOPKINS • Nicholas JORDAN • Ian SCOTT • Colin MACKENZIE • Pippa BELL • Ben HOWARTH • Luca TREADWELL • John SPENCER • William MATTHEWS • Oliver MAY • Liam LOCKWOOD • Curtis MAY • Thomas MARSH • Gavin HOSE • Luke BOYTON

Particular mention to Linsey, Derek, William, Mark, Pippa and Ben who will be logging 26.2 miles on Sunday. Linsey and Derek got the two Greenwich parkrun marathon volunteer places in our raffle and Linsey brought some particularly yummy cakes to say thanks to all Greenwich parkrunners for their marathon places.

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A "before" picture of one of Linsey's cakes

Best wishes to everyone running the London marathon and the mini-marathon tomorrow. As per tradition, all the runners and volunteers at both the marathon and mini-marathon are invited to come down with their medals for a group picture ahead of next week’s run.

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Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 6,944 participants have completed 58,525 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,625 km, including 9,441 PBs.

Report by Wole Odele
 

Greenwich parkrun #433, 14th April 2018

Run Director: Wole Odele

The sun came out for the 23 volunteers and 221 runners, joggers and walkers who made the 433rd Greenwich parkrun. 21 of the finishers were Avery Hill first-timers, of whom 9 were registering their first ever parkrun.

Kudos to the speedy 28 who recorded new PBs. Vincent LEGGETT once again produced the stand-out performance with his 17th improvement on his 119th run here. 5 of Vincent’s latest PBs have been set this year and his age grade has improved from a minimum of 54.1% on his first run here nearly 4 years ago, to its current peak of 67.9%. Dom Fiore’s 10th PB in 82 runs was another eye-catching one. Other improvers who’ve completed over 20 runs here, include Laura YANG and Keith FARQUHAR – both on their 30th runs, Stephen BARTLEY on his 28th run and Aidan NEWTON on his 22nd run.

Milestones

Congratulations to Colin MACKENZIE who must have been extra motivated for his 200th run as he finished in 21:13 - his fastest time in the last 8 months! Congratulations also to Zoe DANKO-MCALISTER on completion of her 10th milestone run. Looking through the results, it was difficult to miss the fact that Run Director Mavis WILLIAMS completed her 249th run, so she must be eagerly looking forward to next week to stake her claim for the new green club t-shirt.

Male Placings

Gavin MACKAY (VM45-49) of Petts Wood Runners was the first man through the funnel in a new PB of 18:14 on his 7th run here. Matthew MORONEY (VM35-39) of Kent AC was next in 18:28, followed closely by Dom FIORE (VM45-49) Cambridge Harriers, also in a new PB of 18:33 on his 82nd run here of 141 total runs.

Female Placings

Victoria BASQUILL (VW45-49) of Serpentine RC was the first female through the funnel in 19:46, just 5s shy of her PB in 5th overall position on her 45th run here. First-timer Charlotte BATES (SW25-29) of Maidstone Harriers was next in 20:18 (11th overall) and Maria HJORTH (VW50-54) of New Eltham Joggers was third in 23:43 (42nd overall)

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.

Massive thanks are due to the 23 volunteers who gave up their time to make it happen. Our Hi-viz heroes were: Colin ARMSTRONG • Mavis WILLIAMS • Alan B COX • Wole ODELE • Matthew PRESTON • Ian KING • Simon HANCE • Elizabeth REES • Paul SALLISS • Julian BARTLETT • Shaun DONOVAN • Nicholas JORDAN • Ian SCOTT • Simon REES • Jonathan HEDGES • Damian HEDGES • Tom DALEY • Lisa CRUDGE • Luca TREADWELL • Oliver MAY • Thomas MARSH • Gavin HOSE • Luke BOYTON

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 6,920 participants have completed 58,258 parkruns covering a total distance of 291,290 km, including 9,403 new PBs.

Report by Wole Odele
 

Greenwich parkrun # 432 7th April 2018

Run Directors: Oliver MAY and Alicia LOVEJOY

Oliver MAY was the first of our Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteers to complete the scheme by going through all the core roles and has been back on a regular basis to help out since then. For run 432, he tackled the only role he hadn’t covered previously – the Run Director role. There were 22 Greenwich parkrun first-timers amongst the 247 people, who ran, jogged and walked the course as they were set off at about 9am by Oliver.

Kudos to the 29 finishers who recorded new PBs. Madeline CARR’s 7th PB in 45 runs catches the eye. William DINEEN and Sinead DINEEN also both recorded PBs on their 33rd and 28th runs, respectively and I suspect that like me, many other Greenwich regulars would be keen to find out more about the DINEEN household special diet. Other record breakers who have run here at least 20 times include Alison SHELDON on her 31st run and Robert HICKS on his 30th run.

Milestones

Congratulations to the following runners who reached significant milestone runs

  • Andrew EASTMENT 200 runs
  • Catherine GURNEY 50 runs
  • Matthew MARSH 50 runs

For the first time in a long while, we actually had some cake on our designated Cake Saturday as Catherine’s supporters celebrated her milestone achievement.

Male Placings

Matthew PRESTON (VM45-49) of Cambridge Harriers was the fastest male on the day, finishing in 18:24. He was followed by Matthew MORONEY (VM35-39) of Kent AC in 18:36 and an unclassified runner was third. Paul MCCRONE (VM50-54) also of Kent AC was the third classified runner in 18:53 (4th overall)

Female Placings

Honor WOODS (JW15-17) was first female through the funnel in a new PB of 19:00 on her 2nd run here. Victoria BASQUILL (VW45-49) of Serpentine RC was next in 19:47 (9th overall) and Alexandra CLAESSENS (JW11-14) of DofE was 3rd in a new PB of 21:09 (18th overall)

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.

We are indebted to the volunteers who helped to make it all happen.

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 6,898 participants have completed 58,037 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,185 km, including 9,374 new PBs.

Report by Wole Odele
 

Greenwich parkrun #431, 31st March 2018, Easter parkrunday

Run Directors: Linsey Hopkins & Kieran Fowler Wright

A total of eggs-actly 184 people turned up to run, jog and walk the Greenwich parkrun course on Holy Saturday for event 431. 14 of the finishers were first timers and 11 of these were registering their first parkrun.

Conditions were a bit slippery in the grassy parts due to recent downpours but that didn’t deter 14 finishers from recording new PBs, no doubt with considerable help from our eggs-cellent volunteer pacers. Congratulations to Connor PERRY and Daniel DANKO who were the only PB-makers to have run the course over 20 times. Connor is one of our regular Duke of Edinburgh award volunteers and knocked off 41 seconds from his previous best to record his first sub 20 minute time (19:55) on his 30th run here. Daniel’s latest run of 22:43, was his 7th PB in 25 runs here.

Milestones

Kudos to the following eggs-tra special people as they recorded milestone runs:

  • Michael Anderson 300 runs
  • Karen LLOYD 150 runs
  • Bernadette Anne MCGRANAGHAN 50 runs
  • Scott ARMSTRONG 50 runs

Male Placings

Paul MCCRONE (VM50-54) of Kent AC was first through the funnel in 19:01 on his 275th parkrun, 256 of which have been at Avery Hill. Matthew MORONEY (VM35-39), made it a Kent AC 1-2 with a 19:14 finish, and Matthieu HUILLE (VM45-49) was the third male through the funnel (4th overall) in a time of 19:47.

Female Placings

Clare ELMS(VW50-54), who also holds the age grade record for the course, was the first lady through the funnel in 19:23 (3rd overall). Victoria BASQUILL (VW45-49) of Serpentine RC was next in 20:10 (6th overall) and the appropriately named Miss Katie PEARCE (VW40-44) was 3rd in 22:52 (27th overall)

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page.

We are indebted to the 25 volunteers who helped to make it all happen: Alan B COX • Wole ODELE • Edward John HADLOW • Annabelle L HADLOW • Ian KING • Francis LEE • Hugh BOYLE • Georgia TILL • Julian BARTLETT • Derek HOPKINS • Linsey HOPKINS • Nicholas JORDAN • Ian SCOTT • Colin MACKENZIE • Kieran FOWLER WRIGHT • Sarah PAYNE • Luca TREADWELL • John SPENCER • Carol SIMS • Thomas MARSH • Lisa CARTWRIGHT • Gavin HOSE • Joe IGOE • Una PALMER • Catherine TUCKER

The female course record is held by Niamh BRIDSON HUBBARD who recorded a time of 17:31 on 27th June 2015 (event number 282). The male course record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 15:45 on 25th December 2016 (event number 363). The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded 92.24% (19:07) on 1st January 2018 (event number 419).

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 6,876 participants have completed 57,790 parkruns covering a total distance of 288,950 km, including 9,345 new PBs.

Report by Wole Odele
 

Greenwich parkrun #430, 24th March 2018

Run Directors: Linda BOSCIC and Nicholas JORDAN

This week 194 people, including 19 first timers, ran, jogged and walked the course. 13 of the first-timers were experiencing their first parkrun.

Conditions were much improved from last week, resulting in 20 people recording new PBs. Most eye-catching was Emma GRIFFITH’S 8th PB on her 96th run here. After improving his PB by 1 second in last week’s snowy course, Martin JOHNSON smashed it this time round with a 47 second improvement to 18:55 as 2nd finisher. Other regulars setting PBs included Rachel MYERSCOUGH on her 30th run, Rachel NORMAN after 23 runs, junior runner Jack ADAMS on his16th run and Alexandra CLAESSENS on her 10th milestone run.

Milestones

Congratulations to Alison CRASKE for completing her 50th run and Alexandra CLAESSENS who completed her 10th run.

Male Placings

An unknown runner was first through the funnel, followed by Martin JOHNSON in 18:55 for his 6th PB in 23 runs here. Mark AMOS (VM50-54) of West4 Harriers was next in 19:29.

Female Placings

Victoria BASQUILL (VW45-49) of Serpentine RC was first to finish in 19:55 (6th overall), followed by Alexandra CLAESSENS (JW11-14) of DofE in a new PB of 21:25 on her 10th milestone run. Alexandra finished in 22nd overall position. Emma GRIFFITHS (SW25-29) was next, also in a new PB of 21:36 (24th overall)

Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Greenwich parkrun Results Page

The event was made possible by the following 23 volunteers to whom we are all indebted: Linda BOSCIC • Alan B COX • Wole ODELE • Ian KING • Simon HANCE • Roderick COOKEY-BRESI • Hugh BOYLE • Terry WOOTTON • Georgia TILL • Gill COAD • Nicholas JORDAN • Ian SCOTT • Colin MACKENZIE • Ben HOWARTH • Damian HEDGES • Daniel COOPER • Kieran FOWLER WRIGHT • Marion OSBORN • Oliver MAY • Curtis MAY • Thomas MARSH • Lisa CARTWRIGHT • Luke BOYTON

Greenwich parkrun started on 6th March 2010. Since then 6,862 participants have completed 57,606 parkruns covering a total distance of 288,030 km, including 9,331 new PBs.

Report by Wole Odele
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