We were delighted to have South West Road Runners do a 'Takeover Day', which involves a single club provide almost all of the volunteers for a run. Naturally we had to have our regular Volunteer Coordinator, Results Processor and Gordon the Time Lord, but all other were SWRR club members. We ere led by our own Run Director John Fowler, who finds time within his ultra training to run with SWRR. I also had the pleasure or SWRR Chairman Paul Barter's company for my inspection of the route this week. I have to mention personal thanks to Dan Grey who did a great job as back-up timekeeper and Foxy's new special friend.
It was a real joy to welcome such a lovely club for a Takeover Day. Well done and thank you John, Paul and the rest of SWRR for a great event. We hope to see you all again soon.
"Tradition appears to be that these reports begin with a short summary of the weather, and being a forecaster, I especially wouldn't want to break that tradition. Although a little cloudier and slightly cooler than recent days, Saturday morning was still bright, with sunny spells and blue skies greeting the runners. The course was reportedly continuing to improve as hot and dry weather made an appearance in Devon the week.
South West Road Runners were looking after the volunteer positions, giving the usual volunteers a chance to run themselves, or even to enjoy a well-earned lie in. Runners from SWRR also turned out in numbers to take on the course, with bright yellow kits everywhere to be seen. I took up a position on the barcode scanning desk, with Killerton House in the middle distance, seemingly glowing in the morning sunlight. The temperatures were already approaching the mid-teens as people came shuffling through the gate, many exchanging t-shirts for the running vests which had suffered a long winter hibernation in the wardrobe. The number of the runners soon turned from a slow trickle, to a steady flow with a few late arrivals facing a sprint up the hill to make the start in time. Calm then descended with family and friends milling around, the odd dog walker wandering past on their morning stroll.
The peace was broken as runners started arriving across the finish line. South West Road Runner Sam Hopton was first home in 17:05. He was followed by Gareth Davies, James Woolf, Nick Einchcombe and David Wilson, as SWRR filled the top five positions. Phoebe Killen of Exeter Harriers was first lady to finish in 21:42. Despite the drier weather there was still reportedly mud and puddles on the course, confirmed by some of runner's shoes as they made to way to the scanning desk.
After another initial trickle, the stream of people and barcodes soon turned into a flood. I enjoyed meeting as many runners as possible, most seemingly satisfied with their morning's effort. As participants drifted away for their post-run coffee or a satisfying breakfast, we were soon able to relax and start to pack away after another week. I feel it would be wrong to finish without a final reflection on the weather. It stayed dry throughout the parkrun, although for us volunteers, some showers briefly interrupted our post-volunteer coffee.
Thank you to all at Killerton, for letting us look after your parkrun and hope to see you all again soon.
A special mention to Rachel Hennessy who completed her 50th parkrun. Well done!
This week 332 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 72 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Christopher SHARP • Nick BRUCE-WHITE • Gordon SEWARD • Warren KILLEN • Andrew PALMER • Lawrence John ATHERTON • Trudy SAXTON • Oliver THOROGOOD • Richard STONE • Philip BRIDGE • Paul BARTER • Mark JELLEY • Mary ROWE • Claire DRAINEY • John FOWLER • Mary DAYMOND • Bethany SAMPSON • Anita ATHERTON • Linda GETHIN • Alison GERMAN • Fern DYMOND • Dan GREY • Rosie GLAZIER • Andy SPAREY • Caroline TAIT • Mark TAIT • Sophie BROOKS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Killerton parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).
Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 10,637 participants have completed 76,587 parkruns covering a total distance of 382,935 km, including 13,435 new Personal Bests.