Many thanks to Andrew for another great report below.
We must now insist on trail shoes until we have drier conditions. This will probably not be for months, so it is worth investing in a pair if you have not kept them from earlier this year. Certain un-nameable large retailers have a former British brand at very low cost. We will mention it every week, but we will not be held liable for slips etc whilst you wear your old road shoes.
Anyway, a huge thanks go to the amazing marshals this, without whom there would be no run. My special thanks go to Mark Shaw who ran and cleared the course on Friday, and early Saturday morning. He thus facilitated an early decision to go ahead with our parkrun amid the cancellations of many of our neighbouring events. Many thanks Mark.
The National Trust sign by the clock tower gate read “High winds expected today. Take great care. Do not park or sit under trees”. Thankfully there was no prohibition against parkrunning under trees, and today’s intrepid runners didn’t have any intention of sitting down anywhere.
The Killerton umbrella worked well today, and it was dry and comfortably warm for the unfair-weather runners. The start section has softened up, but not to the point of being too slidey. Daryl Milford decided to take the scenic route at the first gate, which had swung shut. After a short loop down the hill and back again, he still managed to finish 9th, announcing to the barcode scanners, almost apologetically, that he had also been “waiting for his mate” on the course. One can only guess what his position would have been otherwise..
The wooded section is now presenting its winter hazards. It is sometimes difficult to heed the Run Director’s warnings, as the downhill section provides welcome breathing relief for many runners, and an opportunity to bound down in long strides and recover. It is the cause of many twists and falls, however, and today Julie Finch and Heidi were casualties. It’s saddening to see committed runners like Julie receive a training setback like that, and we hope that the frozen peas work their magic and they are both back on form soon. On the one hand that wooded section is a key part of the Killerton charm, but on the other hand its uneven surface can present a challenge to the runners. Trail shoes are now a requirement until the drier Spring weather returns.
Today we welcomed Martin and his stags on his wedding day. He is a lucky man, to have his bride Sarah allow him to risk lower limb injuries on their big day. Thankfully he finished free from any injury. They were a cheerful bunch, and miraculously none of them were running hungover. We wish them both all the best at the Deer Park this afternoon and hope to see them back at Killerton in the future.
Jane Luscombe was brought out of the limelight by Roger to announce her 301st parkrun. That’s nearly 6 years of weekly parkruns, without fail: a huge achievement. Other milestones included Lucy Sizer celebrating her 100th with a rather fetching Fresian outfit. It was nice to have a cow running the whole course, rather than just stampeding across it. Dawn Walker celebrated her 50th with a marker balloon and a small but vocal fan club. Congratulations to Chris Fuoco on his 100th, too.
It’s good to have these milestones to aim for, but it’s also a personal milestone for each runner to run on a day when the forecast and the National Trust signs all appear to be conspiring to persuade us to stay at home.
This week 199 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Gordon SEWARD • Andre MOUTON • Annie FOOT • Roger ROWE • Jackie TORDINI • Steve TORDINI • Mark SHAW • Mary ROWE • Joe DALY • Andrew EATON-HART • Carl DRAINEY • Claire DRAINEY • Sim TAYLOR • Wendy LAND • Phil GATER • Chris FUOCO • Kate BROWN • Clare BRECKIN • Paul STIDWORTHY • Steve CHAPMAN • Kevin PARTRIDGE • Danni MEYER • Duncan BROWN • Jon IACOMINO • Graham KIRBY
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 11,591 participants have completed 84,577 parkruns covering a total distance of 422,885 km, including 14,826 new Personal Bests.