Kingsbury Water parkrun # 259 - 11/08/2018
Your Parkrun needs you!!!
So, after a plea mid-week for volunteers, you got stuck with me for run report writing again. Today’s ramblings or bramblings in my case (back to that later) will begin with a purple t-shirt. Congratulations to Alex Sandham who has certainly earned his volunteering 25th purple t-shirt by being both marshal and photographer today.
I started the day as first time briefer and finished sat here typing your report, I spied Brian Adams both out on the gate and marshalling later along the course, not to mention the rest of the core team that work tirelessly beforehand to ensure that our parkrun goes ahead each week. The next few weeks roster is looking pretty sparse so please consider volunteering. It’s easy to do just email in firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will talk you through your job. Today that role was filled as volunteer co-ordinator by the latest addition to the core team Rich Benham, otherwise known as Mr Instagram. He makes the job of run report writer so much easier!
Waking up this morning and seeing dew on the car, made me appreciate autumn is on its way, definitely a little chill in the air when I left the house at just after 8 this morning. Perfect weather for those of you chasing a PB. Stats time for the nerdy ones amongst us now follow.
At today’s parkrun there were: -
- 380 runners, 223 who were male, 156 female and I think I counted 29 unknowns DFYB!
- All of the top 4 runners got PBs, so well done to Sam Starkey, first in at 18.17, Thomas Hodgson, Fred Maxwell-Hart yes, a PB as a first timer to KWP and Rob Stead.
- Fastest Female was Charlotte Bush in at 20.45, not long left as a junior runner now!
- Today there were 46 first timers to KWP (15 who were completely new to parkrun) and 63 PBs out there.
- Well done to Patricia and David Smyth two PBs and definitely 1st in their age categories of VW80-84 and VM75-79. Patricia joins the ranks of only 4 in her age category who’ve ever completed KWP Parkrun, David in a club of just 10.
- Ron Cattle has the honour of the best age graded score today at 85.19%! Fastest time at KWP and jumps to 3rd overall in his age category VM65-69 here, a regular at Cannon Hill, you might just have to pay us a visit again.
- Today’s most ‘capped’ parkrunner was Kelvin Peers with run 235 and first visit to KWP, Conkers being his regular stomping ground.
- 23 off us volunteered so well done Hi-Vis heroes who today were Brian ADAMS, Richard BENHAM, Hannah COOGAN, Amber CORDON, Sarah DENNIS, Sheila Ann DUNN, Lisa FLETCHER, Susan HANN, John HANSON, Sharon JACKSON, Ian JACKSON, Sarah MADDAFORD, Judy PARKES, Adrian PARKES, Robert Ian RAINSLEY, Alex SANDHAM, Andy STRETTON, Susan THOULD, Louise VERNON, Amy WAKELIN, Susan WAKELIN, Sharon WHITEHEAD, Allan WILLIAMS
- Back in the early days KWP parkrun survived on just 12-13 volunteers now we need double that, with the record being 36 on 23/12/17
So how was parkrun for you today? Mine should have carried a health warning, despite this being my 74th trot around KWP I still managed to get attacked by brambles, I definitely bled for the cause today. I must also thank Tom (Tomasz Urbanski) who kept me going between 3 and 4k and ensured I got only my 5th sub 28 finish.
You may have heard my name mentioned in the pre-run brief given by our lovely run director Judy this morning, if you are thinking glad there is only one of me, you’d be wrong there are actually 6 of us listed at Parkrun. Go and check your name now! There was however a serious point, and a mention of a charity run I’m doing on Saturday 1st September to the Children’s hospital in memory of a little boy at our school Theo. I’ll be passing through KWP at 10.30 so if you fancy joining me and my team or want to stay and wave us on our way, please feel free to join in.
Judy also announced the official start date of our latest new neighbour to join the Parkrun community Sutton Park Parkrun, which officially starts next weekend (18th August). Please don’t visit just yet unless you intend Sutton Park to be your new home. Give them time to settle in before paying them a visit. We wish Gary and his team every success.
A few of KWP regulars have a date with a train next Saturday in sunny Wales. Somehow, I don’t think the course will be flat. On that train of thought it’s time to say goodbye and see you all in a fortnight’s time.