After all the excitement of last week‘s reverse route, it was back to business as usual at Henley, which meant lots of dusty paths, random tree roots and stones, some welcome shade but also some firsts!
59 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part, including tourists from Manchester, as far as South Africa and exotic Marlow!
We had a very speedy first finisher in Penny McCrabbe, our first female to finish first, well done Penny Jeannie, who's done all our runs so far, is still coming back for more despite mislaying a contact lens on the course. And I ran my home parkrun for the first time, after 36 volunteering dates!
Being a sensible runner I kept my eyes on the ground for obstacles, let people past, (except at the end, sorry Sarah!) and offered a tissue to a sniffing person behind me. it is probably a blessing she declined as it had been in my sweaty hand for 1.5 laps...
Henley is a gorgeous course, yes it's hilly, narrow and can get a "little" muddy, but we have cows, rabbits, beautiful views, fabulous encouraging marshals, some lovely shade at the end to collapse into, and a fab cafe for a restorative iced coffee. What we do lack is a full roster of volunteers a lot of the time, hence this being my first actual run. So please, if you like running Henley, or are thinking of it but nervous, sign up for our emails, check the roster and get involved. You too could ring a cowbell at people puffing up a big hill
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:
Gary BRAMPTON • Mandy CARDEN • Shaun CHILLINGWORTH • Simon HARRIS • Olivia CHILLINGWORTH • Sheena LAVERY • Craig HENDERSON • Jackie ROBINSON • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Paloma CRAYFORD • Matilda CARTER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Henley-on-Thames parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 18:42 on 25th November 2017 (event number 22).
The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 17:13 on 7th July 2018 (event number 55).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 79.16% (23:50) on 5th May 2018 (event number 46).
Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,605 participants have completed 4,032 parkruns covering a total distance of 20,160 km, including 728 new Personal Bests.