You’re Going To Lose That Girl
The last parkrun of 2018 brought us a rare but welcome outcome, with a female runner finishing in first place and indeed Rachel ROBINSON was so far ahead of the rest of the field that you could say she had lost them.
Rachel was a full 30 seconds ahead of Andy DEYES, who has himself been a regular winner at Hull parkrun recently. The good news for Rachel doesn’t stop there, as she also became the fastest ever lady on the Hull course, becoming only the second female to beat seventeen minutes (Rachel’s time was 16:38), well done Rachel, great stuff.
David GINGELL was guest announcer this week, so the man who loudly shouts for “QUIET” was ideally placed to ensure the milestone achievers and safety notices gained the attention that is merited.
Young Caleb DEVANEY at just 7 years old has already notched up 50 runs (always observing the arms length of parent for under 10’s rule) His impressive achievement was matched by his gaining of a new pb on the day, congratulations Caleb.
Pete WILSON joined Caleb on 50 runs and has now earned his free red parkrun top, Pete has run 48 of his 50 parkruns in East Park.
The 100 club has two new members both gentlemen impressively in the VM65-69 age range, Ron CARD, first came to do Hull parkrun in March 2016, while Bill DRAPER started in February last year. Well done on reaching your respective hundreds so quickly and earning your black parkrun running top.
There is no official recognition for 200 runs, but nonetheless it is worthy of mention, so on his bicentennial we have Stephen PEACOCK of Beverley AC.
250 runs earns you a green parkrun shirt and this week saw David BUTT reaching this landmark, David is also in the VM65-69 age range and still competes in marathons.
Last but not least in this section is Vicky GODFREY, Vicky has now notched up 300 runs with 298 of them at the Hull course, where she has been first lady home 10 times.
If there was a prize for most dedicated to Hull pakrun, it would surely go to Carmel SALVIDGE, Carmel works away in London, but her heart belongs to Hull and she had planned to do her 250th run here on Christmas day, however a cancellation of her local London run in Southwark for bonfire night, meant that Christmas day became run 249 for Carmel, so undeterred, after going back to London for a day at work, Carmel forked out for quick return on the Train to make sure that her milestone was achieved in our special East Park. Well done Carmel, always welcome.
As Diane has noted in her report pre-amble on the Facebook page, the conditions were superb for running and this was evidenced by 62 new personal bests. Here’s a little more info. on some of them that I’ve randomly picked out.
Benjamin and Thomas TIMMONS have 226 and 208 parkruns under their belts, the majority of which have been on the Isle of White, however Hull is good to them as they have both improved on every visit here.
Tim GROVES has regularly been running in the 19 – 20 minute region recently and on his 203rd run scored a new pb with 19:09.
Terry DUNN last recorded a pb on October the 17th 2015 and has been working very hard of late to improve on his 23:31 time. He finally got his reward this week, after changing his tactics with a good warm up and a steadier pace over the first couple of kilometres and now has a target of 23:27 to beat, I’m willing to bet he won’t take three years to do it.
There was a team of four pacers this week Phil HARLAND on 25 minutes, Shaun ATKINSON on 26, myself on 27 and Rebecca Fox on 30 minutes, if you enjoy having a pacer to help assist you, then look out for future weeks as Vicky COE is hoping to organise a pacing event towards the end of January. Two runners who seemed to benefit from having pacers this week were Adam YOUNG who made it two weeks on the trot with a new best of 26:48 and Monicah OAKLEY who knocked a full minute (and a second) off her previous best at 26:40.
There was a numerical palindromic feel about this weeks parkrun with it being run no. 464 and 525 runners, walkers and mixes of both taking part, so in honour of this here are the runners who satisfy the mathematical geekiness.
Ian DONOGHUE finished on 21:12, Frank TATE jnr, was 22:22, Sam KYNMAN 23:32, J Ross PARKER 25:52 and Glenn DRURY crossed the line in 30:03.
This weeks volunteer team consisted of:
Paul TREMERE • John S BAKER • Diane MAWER • Mark GADIE • Trevor ROSE • Jacqueline PEEL • Keith CONKERTON • Jenny ROSE • Claire ROBINSON • Shaun ATKINSON • Alan Stanley WILSON • Phil HARLAND • Adrian PARKER • David GINGELL • Keith JACKSON • Vicky COE • Farhat BAIG • Kalina MORRIS • Rebecca FOX • Beverley FAIRBURN • Leanne HALL • Anj DAUBS • Diane GREEN • Lindsay HARRISON
Thanks for your efforts, it wouldn’t happen without you.
That’s all folks for 2018, all the very best wishes to everybody for a happy 2019.
Keep on Runnin’