This week has been a surprising one at Wimbledon with top seeds falling at the first hurdle!! No such disappointment at Gunnersbury parkrun!! A beautiful summer day saw 218 runners and 16 volunteers eagerly await the 87th event at Gunnersbury. Race director Kelvin didn't waste any time and welcomed everyone, including fellow parkrunners from Milton Keynes ( a lovely course if you ever want to be a parkrun tourist), Roundshaw Downs and Valentines Park.
A note before going on to the stats, please be patient with results. Parkrun has grown and is still growing, people behind the scenes work very hard to provide an efficient service and I know the feeling of the anticipation of my time on a Saturday. Results can be received by text now if you log on to your athlete profile and provide a mobile number.
51 people will have been very happy this week achieving personal bests, well done all of you!
Well done to Jim CLARK who led the field today with a winning time of 17.46. Rachid AFOUZAR (Ealing Eagles ) achieved a PB, finishing in 18:02, while Mark DELHUNTY (Ealing, Southall and Middlesex AC) finished in 18:08, with Niall QUINN (Ealing Eagles) finishing with a PB of 18:18. Katherine CASHELL (SW30-34) of Serpentine RC, was first lady, followed closely by Helen TARANOWSKI (VW40-44) of West 4 Harriers, and Anna CRITCHLOW (VW45-49) of West 4 Harriers, was third in 18:37. All these ladies are no stranger to finishing as first female at Gunnersbury with 26 first finishing times between them!
As an aside, over 2/3 of runners at Gunnersbury today achieved an age grading of over 50%, with the first 3 ladies achieving 80+ %, and 19 achieving 70+%. Some good times being run!!
As always there were some great runs by our juniors, but here are a few who are ones to follow for the future.
On his first visit to a parkrun, Joe BARNES finished not only first JM14, but finished in the top 5 with an age grading of 77.36%! Great running Joe and hope to see you back. Ken HOUGHTON a80lso deserves a mention. As well as volunteering and being a handy photographer, he beat his pb today by over 2 minutes, finishing in 25:17. Well done Ken! Rebecca WALFORD also achieved a PB and was the first JW15-19 finishing in 22:50, Louis MARRIOTT was the first JM15-19 (21:18), with Sarah GOODHART was the first JW14 (24:31)
50 Club – 2 more runners joined the 50 club today, congratulations to Tim Davies and Lee Stokes
10 Club – Adrian Britton completed his 10th parkrun, well done!
There are a number who are in their late 40's (parkruns, not ages), so expect a bumper presentation in the next month or so!
That's all folks except to say a bit thank you to our fantastic volunteers. All the roles are valuable and if you are injured, a great way to keep in touch with parkrun. Just firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you this week go to
Alan ANDERSON • Andy WELLAND • Becky SILVER • Carol MORAN • Clare EVERARD • Colin OVERTON • Dominic QUINN • Gillian MORONEY • John Stewart HART • Kelvin WALKER • Lisa EMERSON • Marie JOYCE • Martin P WHITE • Paul ROBERTS • Paul THOMAS • Polly RAWLINGS • Thim ENGEL • Vikram KUMAR
Have a great weekend and if anyone is racing please mention it and let us know how you do.
This week's Results in full
An unknown runner was first.
Rachid AFOUZAR (VM40-44) of Ealing Eagles Running Club, was second over the line in 18:02.
Mark K DELAHUNTY (SM35-39) of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC, was third over the line in 18:08.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Dane RYAN (Ealing Eagles Running Club) 2424 pts.
Tom KERRY (Unattached) 2066 pts.
Jonathan MARTIN (Unattached) 1953 pts.
Katherine CASHELL (SW30-34) of Serpentine RC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 18:30 - second time in 2 appearances.
Helen TARANOWSKI (VW40-44) of West 4 Harriers, was second (9th overall) over the line in 18:34 - Has been first to finish on 7 previous occassions.
Anna CRITCHLOW (VW45-49) of West 4 Harriers, was third (11th overall) over the line in 18:37 - Has been first to finish on 17 previous occassions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kerstin LUKSCH (British Airways AC) 2564 pts.
Shivaun O'SHEA (Unattached) 2349 pts.
Kay LYDALL (Unattached) 2233 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Anna CRITCHLOW (VW45-49) was graded 85.32 % for the time 18:37 (11th overall).
Helen TARANOWSKI (VW40-44) was graded 82.41 % for the time 18:34 (9th overall).
Katherine CASHELL (SW30-34) was graded 80.00 % for the time 18:30 (7th overall).
This week there were 218 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.
Gunnersbury parkrun started on 29th October 2011, and since then 2,484 different runners, including participants from 152 athletics clubs, have completed 13,979 runs covering a total distance of 69,895 km, and there have been 3,313 new Personal Bests.
The Women's course record is held by Sarah KEMSHALL who ran in a time of 17:49 on 14th July 2012 (event number 38).
The Men's course record is held by Robert WILSON who ran in a time of 15:54 on 17th November 2012 (event number 55).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona KENNEDY who recorded a 90.50 % run (19:29) on 10th March 2012 (event number 20).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Gunnersbury parkrun Results Page.