Do you believe in the Twilight zone? If you do, please hum the tune to it now, as you read this week’s run report, because it’s all a bit odd…..
Whilst we all know parkrun’s a run, not a race (eh, Danny Norman?) we also know some people like to gauge their fitness each week by running themselves half to death as they cover 5k. So once again, Ollie Garrod ( SM25-29, Epsom and Ewell Harriers) came home first for the boys in 16:44 and Susanna Rose-Innes (VW40-44) came in first for the girls in 20:42. Same as last week. But Ollie was five seconds slower, and Susannah was five seconds faster. Woop woop! You have to admit though, that’s all a bit strange. What did these two do? Did they line up on the start line, bobbing up and down, checking their watches and throwing glances in each other’s direction. Did Susannah spend the night before wishing evil thoughts on Ollie’s finish time, and did Ollie go to bed thinking “if I lose five seconds and that Susannah gains five, there’ll be hell to pay”? Well how would I know? I was flailing around somewhere out of The Ham Lands on my way back by the time they were finished, and by the time I puffed in I suspect those two heroes were long gone. Or perhaps there was a big punch up as Ollie demanded his lost five seconds back, and Susannah flounced off yelling “not on your Nelly, Garrod, they’re all mine, mwah mwah mwaaaaaaaah” and maybe there was a HUGE punch up and they both got arrested and are currently on remand in prison, and if that’s the case, we’re ALL in with a chance next week.
Well I can dream.
So, back to reality. HUGE thanks to the volunteers who made this week’s parkrun happen. RD Kate Hancock was back on grown up duty and this week she welcomed back 317 of us. Is that some kind of record? The snazzy coloured cones were back out to guide first timers and tourists home. We had 32 first timers to Kingston this week, of whom eight had never done a parkrun before and who chose our flipping beautiful course to do something completely new. You were all welcome. Let us know how you found it.
There were a frankly ridiculous 35 PBs this week. What in Heaven’s name are you lot of freaky runners on? Really, it’s sooooooo hot. I salute you. Special mention must go to young Tom Street (JM10, 26.2 RRC) who on his 33rd parkrun (running with his lovely mum Daisy) came in at 28:36. I’ve got the same trainers as his (fast) dad Michael and I said to Tom if I ran in my superfast trainers and tried to keep up with him did he think I had a chance. He gave me that look that only the young and innocent can give without appearing rude and just said “naah”. And he was right. Way to go Tom.
In other PB news my friend and recent parkrun convert Rob Corlett was to be found sweating profusely at the end, and that was when I ran in a good 13 minutes after him! He’s been paced to a 30 second PB by our mutual friend and Straggler “Mad Bob Wheller” a harmless (and we’ll leave it there) Canadian who is knocking on the door of 200 parkruns. Whilst this earns a congratulatory pat on the back Rob, I’d like to point out that your lovely wife beasted herself around the course to her own PB, and with no-one to keep her going. So, the question is, whose is the biggest triumph? I jest Rob – in my book everyone who completes a parkrun is a hero.
Milestones to be noted are as follows:
Daniel McCann – JM11-14, 34:36
Evelyn Roche – JW11-14, 42:49
Simon Pritchard – VM45-49, 26.2 RRC, 33:39
250 runs, yep, TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY RUNS:
Daniel Greenslade – VM40-44, Stragglers, 19:44.
Congrats to you all.
Before I go, three last reflections, I know, I’m greedy:
Thank you to the volunteers, really, you are awesome. I know I said it earlier, but without the people who set up, stand about chucking out finish tokens, and clear away, there would be no parkrun for the rest of us. Tom ‘PB’ Street already knows this. That’s why I found him sorting out tokens after he’d done his run. He is a parkrun hero. A special thank you must also go to little Ralph Osborn who assisted Terri on barcode scanning, Ralph collected runners from the funnel and took their hands to walk them over to Terri 'Barcode Scanning over here' he said - really appreciate you ensuring all tokens were promptly returned Ralph.
Amazing well done to Kate who had the results processed and published by 10.30am. That is NO MEAN FEAT.
And thirdly, if you thought we had a hen party on the route yesterday, what with loud laughing women running, walking, talking and one in particular running in a tiara, a sash and a VERY rude badge, well you were wrong. They weren’t a hen party, they were simply Becky Stopford’s entourage, who all completed the route having way too much fun, to mark Becky’s 50th birthday, which is on Sunday. The last I heard she was quaffing cocktails at The Oxo Tower, which I have to say, seems a lot more appealing than the prison grub that Ollie and Susannah may be supping as I type.
Love life? You know what’s coming next…….#gottaloveparkrun