And so Kettering parkrun #21 happened on Saturday 18th February. We were joined by 309 parkrunners with 68 first timers and a whopping 87 PBs. Well done to each and every one of you and a massive thanks to all our superb volunteers!
We are delighted to welcome our first guest Run Report writer Nicola Jay - over to you Nicola...and Maple!
"So Maple and I braved the grey skies on what was actually quite a mild day for February to join our 2nd go at Kettering park run #21 on the 18th.
Running, I hated running, I’d stop and start never really achieving anything never really losing those pounds never really making me feel any better. Then I found Canicross, it was a game changer I tell you!
Coming up to 3 years now and I can say I am officially a runner, I’ve lost 50 pounds with the aid of my personal trainer Maple, and it’s the best hobby I could have found. To explain a bit more about Canicross it literally means cross country running with your dog and was developed in Europe as a summer training activity for sledge dogs out of season. The U.K. caught on and now it’s thriving in popularity with trail races all over accepting Canicross entries of all shapes and sizes and of course so do the lovely parkruns.
Well done to Pete Northall for ranking 1st for the men and Ellie Loosley 1st for the women, amazing times! I also want to shout out all the kids that took part, I did see a couple stumble in the mud but they bravely went on regardless. Mark Brand also achieved his 50th park run which is very commendable, and all those PB’s!
Unfortunately no PB for me this time but that’s a lot to do with Maple’s fear of the bridge the look on her face on the approach was less than pleased, but something we will work on for future visits.
I am so glad the area has gained a local park run, with a great atmosphere and me and Maple plan to return often as we can.
Give us a shout out when you see me carry her over the bridge!"
Thanks Nicola and Maple - great run report.We look forward to seeing you both soon.
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And for the statistics fans out there - here's the facts and figures from the 18th of Feb!
Event number 21
18th February 2017
Pete NORTHALL (SM25-29) of London Heathside Runners AC, was first over the line in 17:49 - second time in 2 appearances.
James SHINER (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:05.
James Michael ORRELL (JM11-14) of BRJ Run and Tri, was third over the line in 19:35.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jack CHENNELL (Kettering Town Harriers) 1683 pts.
Phil BRIGDEN (Unattached) 1309 pts.
David GRINDROD (Unattached) 1242 pts.
Ellie LOOSLEY (JW10) of BRJ Run and Tri, was first (15th overall) over the line in 21:00 - first appearance.
Zoe MEADOWS (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 22:49.
Chloé LOOSLEY (JW15-17) of BRJ Run and Tri, was third (43rd overall) over the line in 23:30.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Dawn JENKINSON (Unattached) 1293 pts.
Val NIX (Unattached) 1246 pts.
Hanna GIDDINGS (Kettering Town Harriers) 1208 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ellie LOOSLEY (JW10) was graded 81.27% for the time 21:00 (15th overall).
Alfie FRAYNE (JM11-14) was graded 75.25% for the time 20:20 (8th overall).
Pam KINGSTON (VW65-69) was graded 74.35% for the time 28:59 (145th overall).
This week there were 309 runners, of whom 68 were first timers and 88 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.
Kettering parkrun started on 24th September 2016, and since then 1,618 different runners, including participants from 127 athletics clubs, have completed 5,215 runs covering a total distance of 26,075 km, and there have been 1,419 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Rebecca WHITE who ran in a time of 00:19:39 on 24th December 2016 (event number 14).
The male record is held by Jonathan GORINGE who ran in a time of 00:15:50 on 22nd October 2016 (event number 5).
The Age Grade course record is held by Alicia EVANS who recorded a 88.94% run (21:06) on 24th September 2016 (event number 1).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Kettering parkrun Results Page.