Well it was a chilly and blustery stray that greeted the fabulous Elizabeth JACKSON and I just before 8. To find a route around the plants and (most of) the mud that we get this time every year.
I've come to the conclusion that mud is very much like Marmite. No I haven't been eating the Stray ! I mean you either love it or hate it....either way if you love it make the most of it as spring and a dry course is on it's way and If you hate it just take the opportunity to get a bit of parkrun touring in.
So the course was measured and this weeks superstar team of vlounteers assembled. Thanks a million to :Adam ATKINSON • Ashleigh BURNS • Charles CASEY • Daniel VENTRESS • Dave TAIT • David STANIER • Debbie DILASSER • Dennis RICHARDS • Donald MORGAN • Elizabeth JACKSON • Elizabeth SANDELL • Fiona BARKLEY • Jackie HILL • Jay NORTON • Kevin VINE • Mark GIBSON • Matt PAXTON • Matthew WILKINSON • Michael LINDLEY • Sarah KELLY • Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE you were all fabulous.
On to the run briefing and it was time to present the, money cant buy, super fabulous, 2016 Points competition winner prize mugs. Huge congratulations go to Sue Simpson and Adam Atkinson pictured post run with their prizes.
The crocus avoidance route did mean a bonus corner in order to get your full 5000 meters in. So after a stroll from the bench it as 3,2,1 Go!
This weeks first finishers were Nic SMITH for the men and Carol WILLIAMS great running guys. Here is Nic speeding his way to corner one (or was it corner two this week ?) Carol was so fast i missed her,oops.
Milestones. This week its a huge congratulations to George MILLS who join's the 10 club, Gareth CONKLETON gets his 50th parkrun done and Monica WEBBER has clocked up her 100th parkrun well done all of you.
And that's it for this week except for a few reminders.
Have a fabulous week, Alex is at the measuring wheel next week.
See you soon. Ted
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And now for the official bit:
Event number 271
25th February 2017
Nic SMITH (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:17 - second time in 5 appearances.
Stephen ELLISON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:53 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.
Adam KIRK (SM25-29) of Nidd Valley Road Runners, was third over the line in 19:01.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Tim FOX (Unattached) 566 pts.
Ian HESFORD (Unattached) 483 pts.
Geoffrey HIRST (Harrogate Harriers & AC) 479 pts.
Carol WILLIAMS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (24th overall) over the line in 22:00 - first appearance.
Carol MORGAN (VW40-44) of Nidd Valley Road Runners, was second (29th overall) over the line in 22:18 - was first to finish once before.
Alison SMITH (VW40-44) of North Shields Polytechnic AC, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 22:28.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sharon Elizabeth HARDCASTLE (Unattached) 596 pts.
Katie RIGBY (Unattached) 558 pts.
Sally ABBOTT (Unattached) 411 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Martin LOFTHOUSE (VM45-49) was graded 75.95% for the time 19:16 (4th overall).
Sue SIMPSON (VW55-59) was graded 73.73% for the time 24:33 (74th overall).
Jackie MITCHELL (VW55-59) was graded 73.13% for the time 25:48 (99th overall).
This week there were 267 runners, of whom 28 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.
Harrogate parkrun started on 21st January 2012, and since then 9,423 different runners, including participants from 549 athletics clubs, have completed 72,083 runs covering a total distance of 360,415 km, and there have been 13,189 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Rosie SMITH who ran in a time of 00:17:28 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 196).
The male record is held by Mike BURRETT who ran in a time of 00:15:46 on 27th July 2013 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ben GRANT who recorded a 89.30% run (19:19) on 23rd July 2016 (event number 239).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrogate parkrun Results Page.