Up and running
Picture the scene, it's Saturday May 11th and the 131st day of 2013. The sun is shining, well mostly, and the trees are suddenly every conceivable shade of green, their leaves rustling in the breeze. The fishermen are, well fishing, an array of animals are enjoying breakfast and the geese are proudly showing off their young. Yes, Spring has finally, really, properly, triumphantly arrived in East Park these last few weeks and what else could you want to do other than run a couple of times around the lake, oh, and as fast as you possibly can? So, for anyone who was doing just that for the very first time, welcome to parkrun - brilliant, isn't it!
This week there were 320 participants, including 29 first timers with 61 running faster than they had done before (around 22% of those eligible). As always there were happy runners young and old, runners with dogs and runners with buggies, and there was even someone who appeared to be doing the reverse route (did anyone dare to tell him!)
We congratulated Sylvia BOARDLEY on joining the 100 club this week. Sylvia first joined us in August 2010 and has a best time of 33:50.
Jackie WRIGHT and Sara ROOKYARD earned their 50 t-shirts and check out how Sara celebrated the occasion in the stats below. Jackie’s first run was in April 2011 and Sara joined us in September 2010.
Juniors Jack DERBYSHIRE, Cody SUTTON and Meg SUTTON made it their 10th runs on Saturday.
It was great to see Chris DOCHERTY, a parkrun tourist from Main Beach in Queensland, Australia. Chris is originally from Hull and this was her first visit back in around 50 years. Her time of 24:33 was also enough to secure her first place in the Age Grades this week, an impressive 82.55%.
Another parkrun tourist, Paul Gerald ADKINS, generally parkruns in the Manchester area and his first visit to Hull with a time of 20:27 gave him second place, 78.40%, in the Age Grades.
Here are the rest of the stats:
Oliver TRUBY (SM20-24) was first over the line in 17:39 - a new pb and his first win in 12 appearances.
Ivan DALEO (SM35-39) was second in 17:50.
Tom BOLTON (JM15-19) was third in 18:12.
Sara ROOKYARD (VW40-44) celebrated her 50th parkrun by coming first (14th overall) in 19:46, her 10th win. Her time also gained her third place, 77.82%, in the Age Grades.
Carla HEADSPITH (SW25-29) was second (28th overall) over the line in 21:21, a time that gave her an amazing new pb, some 4 mins 20 secs quicker than her previous best time.
Jennifer Louise COATES (SW30-34) was third (37th overall) in 21:34
For the younger runners Charlie PHELAN came in first for the boys in 22:43 and Cody SUTTON was first for the girls in 26:17, great running guys.
To PB or not to PB:
We had a trio of pacers this week and looking at the results it seems that we may have inspired a few of you. Josh NORMAN (30 mins), Rob ALEXANDER (24 mins) and myself (28 mins)
Meanwhile Iain McGOWAN swapped his immaculate pacing skills for a stunning new pb of 21.04 on his 40th run
John PRITCHETT made it 3 in a row with a new time of 21:15
Karl ROLSTONE’s new pb of 22:17 was his 4th in succession – keep it going Karl!
Kate ADKINS does some parkrun touring but her 6th run at Hull in 24:05 was also her 'fastest anywhere' time
Ian WRAY recorded a new time of 27:35 on his 33rd run
Laura CROSBY edged closer to sub 31 on her 19th run with a new pb of 31:09
The average time that it takes to run Hull parkrun is 27:54 and, obligingly, Carol BURNHAM became Ms Average this week.
Meanwhile Tony LEWIS became the 33,000th runner to complete the Hull parkrun course.
Whilst I'm on statistics, (yes, I'm fast becoming a parkrun anorak), I noticed that 48 red t-shirt owners in the parkrun community were eligible to secure 100 club status this weekend with Sylvia joining Tom (UK parkrun country manager) and Helen Willams in celebrating this great achievement. Meanwhile, one of the most interesting post-run conversations is invariably how we all discovered parkrun so I would also like to mention new 100 club and 15 time Hull parkrun participator Rich Kenington, not least because he is responsible for changing my Saturday mornings for ever. Thanks Rich and hope you’re still wearing that badge!
In other news, it was lovely to catch up with so many Hull parkrunners at the Beverley 10k on Sunday, hope everybody had a good run, and as I was doing my 'research' for this week's report, I came across this useful little website:
It looks very informative for those just starting out but should also be good ‘revision’ for those Hull parkrunners preparing for future 10ks, half-marathons, oh and even marathons apparently!
Finally, as always, we need to thank our brilliant band of smiley volunteers, without whom none of this could happen. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join in the fun – it’s also the perfect way to get to know other parkrunners.
Here is the link to this week’s photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/112249886643288772055/Event16520130511
Thanks to Val GARDNER and Carole TENNISON