Kingsway parkrun event #163

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235 runners turned up to Kingsway’s 163rd event. The crowds gathered, friends chit chattered and the weather was notably cooler …all pre cursors for a great event! And a great event it was, with 35 new PBs notched up as everyone made their way around the park.

For 27 people, this was their first time at Kingsway and, of those; six had their very first parkrun run experience. We really hope you enjoyed it and will be back for number two soon!

We had one milestone this Saturday: Marie Keenan reached 50 runs, 29 of which have been at Kingsway. Well one Marie! Ollie Moore also celebrated his 8th birthday with us at Kingsway. Happy Birthday Ollie! IMG_0306

At the briefing Run Director, Antony, reminded us of the importance of making sure under 11s are within arm’s reach of the adult they started with. This is for insurance purposes and is what we all agree to when signing up and printing off our barcodes. Thankfully I don’t think many children were lost down the gaping chasms on the back straight caused by the dry weather, though Tom and I had to make some interesting manoeuvres with the buggy to avoid them!

Well done to this week’s first finisher, Lee Rankin, who crossed the line in 16:47. Lee has been first to finish in 8 out of 9 appearances. He was closely followed by Dave Tomlin in 16:49. Dave has finished first in 14 out of 20 runs at Kingsway. Alastair Campbell came in 3rd with a new PB of 17:21 beating his last PB set almost 2 years ago. Doing it for the girls, Rachel Booth crossed the line with a new PB of 22:37, followed by Amy Walker in 22:42 and Jasmine Fern in 3rd with a time of 22:51. Full results can be seen on the Kingsway parkrun website.

Interestingly the average finish time at parkrun globally has got slower every single year; from 22:16 in 2005 to 29:06 in 2017; and that makes parkrun organisers incredibly proud. It demonstrates how far reaching and inclusive parkrun has become over the years and everyone’s attendance is equally as worthy. Give yourselves a pat on the back everyone!
IMG_0305Thank you to this week’s volunteers. Without volunteers parkrun wouldn’t be possible. James BOON, Philip COLE, Ashleigh DENMAN, Pia DONADIO, Nicola EATON, Tracey FAIRLESS, Antony GREENSWEIG, Niall HINES, Sophie HOPE, Clare IRVINE, Andy JARRETT, Fiona LAWRENCE, Glyn MATTHEWS, Richard MEADOWS, Patrick MORGAN, Jane MORGAN, Steve PEAKE, Deb PEAKE, Gary PHILPOTT, James PLAYER, Andrea PREEDY, Tracey SMART, Alison THOMAS, Amanda VALDER, Alice WESTMACOTT, Maureen WRIGHT IMG_0308

This coming Saturday, local club Hucclecote Harriers are doing a volunteer takeover; trying to fill all of the volunteer roles available on the day. So expect to see a sea of orange and give them a friendly wave and nod as you make your way around the course. We may even have a few pacers for you. Also leave room for some cake as I’m sure there will be some available!
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Just a few random stats about Kingsway to finish up…
We have had 5,306 different runners from 346 different clubs grace us with their presence. The average number of runs per runner is 6.5 and the average time is 29:34. The course has been completed 34,743 times which, if all stringed together, equates to 1 year, 348 days, 16 hours, 33 minutes and 25 seconds!