The last parkrun of 2017 turned out surprisingly well considering it almost didn't happen. High winds and heavy rain overnight led to an early course inspection and although there were plenty of puddles both on the course and in the car parking areas, we thought we would leave it up to our parkrunners to decide whether they wanted to run in the windy conditions. Thankfully it was low tide at our scheduled start time, otherwise it may well have been a different story.
It was too windy to put up the parkrun flag or the pop up banner and our little table to hold the finish tokens was never going to be up to the job, so set up was quite straight forward. A couple of calls from the volunteer team to check that we were really going ahead....what really?? .. yes!... and before we knew it, we were all assembled and there were a good number of runners and walkers ready for the off!
The finish funnel stakes were struggling to stay upright....
It was nice to have a few visitors with us, including Edward and Julian Greer from Watford (here's Julian, easy to spot in his rather fetching Watford hat!)
Well done to our first finishers this week Mark Jeffreys in 20.22 and Karen Farman in 25.53, not either of their fastest times but it was a battle out there especially along the exposed coastal stretches! Great work to all our finishers especially the children who did a fine job against the wind.
Congratulations once again to Jayden Tucknott who earned his 10 milestone T shirt.
So before we turn our attention to 2018 and whatever the new year is to bring our way, I thought I would mention a few 2017 statistics, for those interested in such things. I am always amazed to read the number of people we have registered at Guernsey parkrun, which is now up to 2032, 892 new registrations in 2017. We have had the pleasure of working with 134 volunteers who together have carried out 740 volunteering roles! We have had 1431 participants during 2017, the most frequent runners being Sebastian Mauger and Destiny Hollyer-Hill (ages 11 and under) and Iain Kilpatrick and Cath Birnie for the adults.
Summer Woodhead placed first ladies finisher 18 times during 2017 with Mark Jeffreys first finisher 8 times. I love age category comparisons and of course, no one can touch (as yet!) the amazing Julie Lawlor (VW70-74) who with a time of 25.14 which she ran in September 2017, holds the age grading record at 92.80%. Other notable records are held by Summer Woodhead (JW11-14) at 79.90%, Thomas Merrien (JM10) at 82.36% and Joseph Trim (JM15-17) at 77.24%.
Finally I would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who have kept Guernsey parkrun going during 2017. As I have said before by far the hardest part of putting on a weekly event is finding the minimum number of volunteers to run the Event safely each week. In order for you all to get a time recorded for your run we need a minimum of 8 volunteers. We are allowed to operate with less but we must cover the marshal and tail walker positions and so with less than 8 the run would be untimed.
As we build our parkrun community in Guernsey it is pleasing to see that more and more of our regular runners are offering their help as a volunteer on occasion. This is the only way that we can sustain the future of the event and so I do encourage you all to give volunteering a try. There are many different roles and they are all good fun. We are limited in the ways we can contact you when we need volunteers as less than 10% of the parkrun community have signed up to receive volunteer appeals. This means we have to rely on you to check the roster and email in if you are able to help out. If you haven't ticked the box on your parkrun profile which allows us to contact you when we are really stuck, please do this as soon as you can as this would be a great help.
We start the new year by welcoming Kirsten Price as a new Run Director, who has joined the core team (me, Nicki Watson, Zac Hanley, Martin Dean, Jenny Murphy and Karl Brouard) and she will be in charge for the first time this coming week 6 January 2018. Please be kind to her and make her job as easy as possible....listen to the briefing, remember your bar code, don't take your finish tokens home and don't duck out of the funnel, and fingers crossed she will enjoy the responsibility of taking charge of the event on the day!
If you haven't yet had a chance to read parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt's review of 2017 please do try and find time to check it out. We are part of a worldwide community of over 1300 parkruns across 19 countries which continues to grow at an amazing rate and in the words of Paul, we all have a part to play in helping make the world a healthier and happier place.
Thank you all for your support during 2017 and I wish you all happy injury free running in 2018!
Here is the results summary:
This week 85 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:
Lorna O'DONNELL • Julie LAWLOR • Karl BROUARD • Nicki WATSON • Lisa VIZIA • Nigel HURFORD • Mandy LANGMEAD • Josh LANGMEAD • Alison FINIGAN • Claire HACKNEY • Kate MORRIS • Sophie RABEY • Teresa DOWINTON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Guernsey parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by David EMERY who recorded a time of 17:03 on 20th May 2017 (event number 59).
The female record is held by Summer WOODHEAD who recorded a time of 19:59 on 18th November 2017 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie LAWLOR who recorded 92.80% (25:14) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 74).
Guernsey parkrun started on 9th April 2016. Since then 2,090 participants have completed 10,161 parkruns covering a total distance of 50,805 km, including 2,224 new Personal Bests.