Another One Bites the Dust
Event 411 was the final parkrun of an incredible 2017.
The frosty and icy conditions of the last few days gave way to a damp Saturday morning. The overnight rain had left some large puddles behind for us, especially that whopper on the lakeside path which made us choose between getting soaked when going through it, or getting muddy going round it. Happy days!
As always, Run Director Gill was busy with the preparations for our parkrun.
Gill also had an early morning run down to the finish area to check the conditions there and the decision was made that we would be finishing on the road this week, in order to avoid any slippery endings on the grass.
386 people rolled up, keen to work off the excesses of the festive period.
16 people ran their first ever parkrun (a New Year’s resolution perhaps?) and we had stacks of visitors:
Chris BELL is from Beeston, Vicky SCROWSTON was a long way from her Yeovil base, Alex CHARD mainly runs at Catton, David NIELD has ran at numerous places with Harrogate being the most frequent, while Stephen and Ben WILSON run at Sewerby.
Tracey COOL has ran at 31 different locations but seems to be based at Penrhyn, I’m going to guess that Tracey was with Gwyn WILLIAMS because there are many similarities in their running history.
Still on the subject of visitors...as the cafe was closed this week, a few of us had breakfast and drinks in the Lambwath pub, where we were pleased, if somewhat surprised, to meet up with Tom WILLIAMS (who is the Global Chief Operating Officer of parkrun, no less!), Jamie DILASSER and Lee STANLEY. We spent a while chatting, exchanging stories and generally agreeing how fantastic parkrun is.
For the record, Tom’s time was 20:04, Lee finished in 7th position with 17:58 and Jamie was 22nd in 20:13 – so, as you can see, none of them like to hang around for too long on a parkrun course!
All three said they found the course to their liking and assured us they’ll come back again sometime – please do, we are going to hold you to that, chaps!
Just squeezing in those important landmark runs before the year-end were juniors Jack FLINTOFT, Spencer ATKINSON and Alfie PALFRAMAN on 10 runs.
Thomas MAWER, Sam BROWN, Amy SISON, Michael ATKINSON and Annette HUNTER will soon be seeing red after reaching their 50s.
It’s 100 runs and a black t-shirt coming right up for Adam CARPENTER.
Congratulations to you all.
Henry BROCKLEHURST was the first person to finish in a time of 16:41, Barnaby WALKER was 10 seconds behind in 16:51 and David BALL secured third with his 17:04.
Megan WILSON made her 9th appearance at Hull and was our first lady home in 18:26 (12th overall) Grace ALLEN took second (28th overall) with 20:42 and Sara ROOKYARD finished third (37th overall) in a time of 21:59
29 of you got your hands on a new personal best at the last opportunity of the year.
Alex ALVINO went sub-20 with a fine 19:49 in his 46th run.
Jensen EMMERSON made it a hat-trick of PBs with his 25:53, Chris RANSOM ran 26:02 to take 31 precious seconds off and Paul STOREY, who visits the three runs in the Hull area, reduced his East Park best to 26:26.
Well done to Jacqueline HUGHES, who ran a super 27:18 and claimed her first PB since November 2012.
Eunice JORNA continued her recent good form and crossed the line in 29:45
Our tail walker, Vicky COE, did a sterling job and brought our parkrun year to a close as she crossed the line in 1 hour and two minutes. Thanks Vicky!
So, those were a few of the highlights of event 411.
Now, let’s rewind and look back at some of the memorable moments of 2017, a truly great year for Hull and Hull parkrun.
Hull began its reign as UK City of Culture with fireworks and the ‘Made in Hull’ celebrations, meanwhile a huge 250ft blade appeared in Queen Victoria square.
In East Park, we got 2017 up and running with Forrest Gump (a keen runner himself, of course) making an appearance at event 360
Angela HEARD-SHAW completed 100 runs and had many of us wiping away the tears as we listened in silence to her emotional speech about the help that is available to those who are battling with depression.
Reaching the Holy Grail of 250 parkruns during January were Nick SHAKESBY, Claire BELL and Carrie MURPHY.
Run number 367 on 25th February was rather eventful; heavy rain saw the return of permapuddle (Ah yes, remember him..?) who claimed a couple of victims that day. When puddles attack, they have to go and resurfacing works near the bridge meant our watery chum disappeared down the plug hole and was never to be seen again - Oh, and who remembers the ‘RIP permapuddle’ sign that appeared to bid it farewell? Did we ever discover who put it there?
Jan SUDDABY completed 250 runs and regular volunteering meant Dave MASKELL could claim his aubergine t-shirt.
Thousands of ceramic poppies cascaded down from the Maritime Museum.
Skirlaugh under-8 rugby team came and ran with us.
A double-Olympian, Anthony WHITEMAN, was our first finisher at event 368 - his time of 16:35 set a new record for the VM45-49 age group.
Hull parkrun showed its community spirit as we began raising funds for our own defibrillator. Donations from generous parkrunners poured in and we were able to purchase this piece of potentially life-saving equipment in next to no time. This is one piece of kit we will be happy never to use but it is reassuring to know it’s there if we ever do need it.
April began with our annual anniversary awards, with trophies being presented to the great and good of Hull parkrun; Claire ROBINSON was awarded volunteer of the year, Quintina DAVIES was the most improved runner and there were no surprises when the ever-present John BAKER collected the trophy for most runs during the year.
When parkrun tourist Charles GREEN visited us, we were the 238th different event on his hit-list. Crikey!
Consistent running meant Carole MacMAHON and Amy BARTON qualified for their green 250 t-shirts.
There was much excitement amongst younger runners as junior parkrun was launched in Hull on 30th April - a welcome new addition to the local parkrun portfolio.
It was a great morning for the JOPLING family, as Dallas, David and Phoebe all got PBs on the 5th of May.
620 runners turned up for event 379 on 20th May – it was to be our largest attendance of the year.
Also at event 379, East Hull Harriers filled up the volunteer roles, including a shedload of red-vested pacers that covered every time slot from 18 minutes to 31 minutes.
Visiting parkrunner Carl CROSS finished his 126th run in 6th place and duly became the 10,000th person to complete our parkrun.
Paul reflected on age-grades in his write-up of event 382, where Ruth MORLEY smashed the VW65-69 record with 23:35 (87.28%)
Hull regulars Kristina and Mark GADIE would have to learn the new skill of navigating parkruns while piloting a buggy after proudly announcing the arrival of baby Jenson.
Our small team of run report writers were suffering severe symptoms of writers-block when along came Sophie ALDUS to save the day with the first of her excellent reports, featuring Hull’s ‘Yellow Day’
Brenda MACLEOD was our ever first ‘tail-walker’, after this volunteer role was renamed to become more inclusive with the aim of attracting more people to parkrun.
Brothers George and Oliver BURNETT both got new PBs at run number 386
Julie BARKER clocked up her 250.
Youngsters featured strongly at event 389, where James CHALLEN, Ashley JACKETTS, Harvey SOUTHCOAT and Elliot ATKINSON all got new fastest times.
The Humber Street Sesh returned in the first weekend of August.
Adrian PARKER kept himself busy at event 391 – firstly, Adrian completed his parkrun in exactly 20 minutes, before donning his hi-viz to carry out his usual volunteer roles of funnel manager, backup timer and number checker. The man is a legend!
Bernard CHILD set a new age-grade record for VM70-74 of 22:36. Wow!
Chloe WILSON and Barry COOPER chalked up 250 runs.
City of Culture celebrations continued as the Royal Ballet officially reopened Hull New Theatre, meanwhile a combined total of 2371 people pirouetted and tippy-toed their way through the 5 Hull parkruns that month.
Claire HUGHES is another welcome new recruit to our run report writing team and quickly showed that she has a talent for this kind of thing - Claire’s impressive first report featured parkrunners who took part in the Hull marathon, which was won by East Park regular Ben SADOWYJ.
Alan SMITH racked up his 250th run and Shirley OGLESBY ran 22:56 to set a mind-blowing new age-grade record of 89.75% for VW65-69.
It was international parkrun Day on 7st October, when we celebrated the start of the parkrun movement 13 years ago.
Vicky GODFREY got a new PB in her 250th run.
It was our 400th event on 14th October and soldiers from the 4th Yorkshire Regiment grabbed our ‘Atten-shun!’ when they came along.
The NORMANs (the parkrunning family and not the invaders from the middle ages) were in the news as Josh (358 runs), Andy (330) and Cheryl (312) completed 1000 runs between them.
Mike SALVIDGE made it to 250, while Ken UPSHALL and Sophie ALDUS were rewarded with purple t-shirts after volunteering on 25 separate occasions.
Pete BARNARD juggled his way round the course.
Jane TEW gave us a tourists perspective of Hull parkrun with her run report on 18th November.
Batman and a miniature Harley Quinn appeared at event 406. Apparently, Batman had to dash straight off after the run for his dinner, dinner, dinner, dinner….
Keith JACKSON made an excellent debut as a run report writer.
There were scorch marks on the tarmac after Harry POWELL sped round the course in 14:56 at event 408, only 10 seconds adrift of Ian KIMPTON’S course record of 14:46.
There was a very rare occurrence on 16th December – a Saturday without a parkrun in East Park, when the icy conditions meant we had to cancel an event for the first time in our history, but safety must always come first folks.
The following Saturday, 23rd December was our Santa run, with many people dressing up in festive hats and costumes. Dave CRACKNELL ‘branched out’ and turned up as a Christmas tree.
Karl ROLSTONE reached his 250 and John BAKER became the first Hull parkrunner to make it to 400 runs.
341 people ran on Christmas morning.
Heroes of the year – all our volunteers, of course! 203 different people made Hull parkrun possible during 2017.
A little known fact is that most weeks, Keith CONKERTON helps to set up the finish area, then returns home for some family duties before coming back again to do his parkrun. Keith personifies the kind of volunteers that we are so lucky to have.
Keeper of the Peace 2017 – David GINGELL, for the occasional “QUIET!!!!!...”
Selfie-taker of the year – Mmmn, let me think, erm…who else but Farhat BAIG.
Farhat has added a new dimension to recording our fun and probably covers more distance taking photos of everyone/everything than he does parkrunning. Thank you Farhat!
Witty comment of the year – when I volunteered as a number checker, I asked Paul TREMERE if he was wearing a watch and knew what time he’d just ran. As quick as a flash Paul replied “I don’t need a watch to know my time, I need a calendar!”
That’s about it from 2017.
Happy New Year and see you in 2018