Linford Wood parkrun
Event number #119
6th October 2018
Run Report by Greg Scott
Let's get it out the way first – it was WET on Saturday morning. It didn't stop raining for most of the day. It was also pretty cold, especially as we'd had some decent weather the day before. It was grey – I needed the lights on my car on the drive in. Not a great day befitting the parkrun 14th birthday celebrations.
The fantastic news though is we had another great turnout at Linford Wood parkrun. Despite the inclement conditions, 222 of us made it to the start line. Some people only just made it though – don't forget it's a 9am start!
The welcome briefing highlighted the usual safety items. The yellows, browns and golds are starting to take over the wood now, with those leaves that have fallen accumulating on the ground throughout the course - so watch your footing! We still have a pesky wasps nest on the final turn before the finish straight – right behind where we have the welcome briefing, so watch out for that too.
We had several visitors this week, from the likes of Northamptonshire, Fleetwood, and even Jersey! I hope you enjoyed our course. It was also pleasing to see quite a few milestones this week, both official and unofficial.
Peter Rodwell, Paul Smith and our age grade queen Pauline Turner hit 150 runs this week. We're also honoured that Jill Dyer, Margaret Rashid, Keith Gill, Charlotte O'Brien and Daniel Black chose Linford Wood to take part in their first ever parkrun – thanks for joining us, and hope to see you again soon!
A total of 22 of you, including the five above, were at Linford Wood for the first time. Sadly, ten finishers weren't recorded a time as they didn't bring their barcode. I can personally recommend the plastic keyring tags – for less than a fiver, you get some durable tags you can attach to your laces or keys, making them well worth it. For a few extra quid you can get a credit card sized barcode too.
Two people earned their red 50 finishes T-Shirt this week – Matt Joy and Toby Stapleton. The proud recipient of a black 100 finishes shirt after his week is David Allen. Finally, Phil Atkins ran a PB to celebrate the fact he has earned his red 250 finishes T Shirt – massive congrats to you all!
We also had some volunteer milestones this week. Kelly Roberts has achieved 25 separate volunteer credits this week and gets another T Shirt to add to the 50th finish one earned a couple of weeks ago!
And, he wasn't going to mention it... but our Run Director for the week, Nick Fairbrother celebrated 50 separate volunteerings!
This weeks event could only take place thanks to Kelly, Nick and the twenty other heroes that volunteer in various roles to make sure everything goes smoothly. We are always on the lookout for volunteers in the weeks to come, so take a look at the volunteer section of the website and consider signing up for the volunteer emails too. Training is always given for each and every role and new faces are always welcome!
Our volunteers this week were - Carol Auvache • Christian Hambly • Daniel Black • Greg Scott • Harvey Baulk-King • Iain Ralley • Ian Ropke • Isabel Smith • Jenny Baulk • Karen Turney • Kelly Roberts • Linda Baulk • Mandy Smith • Matthew Martin • Nick Fairbrother • Paz Prieto Martin • Sarah Connolly • Sheila Dickins • Syed Allan • Thierry Chew • Vivien Black • Warren Goodlake.
Out of the 222 finishers that made it this week, 33 crossed the line with new personal bests – quite a feat given the wet conditions. First finisher was Andy Green with a time of 19:09. Our first official lady finisher was Julie Loxley with a time of 23:30. Our age grade crown this week goes to John Skelton. Not only did he achieve second place overall, he got a magnificent 87.53% age grade – just over 1% off the all time record for Linford Wood. Our age grade queen Pauline Turner had the best ladies grade with 80.03%.
Clubs were very well represented this week, as ever. 21 separate clubs were present, with Redway Runners featuring 46 finishers. MK Lakeside Runners and Sweatshop Running Community had good numbers too. It was good to see a few members of the 678 Rifles AAC return after their squad participation last week. But a special mention goes to the Up and Running group, who saw their graduation take place. 12 members complete the course 3 for the first time, and one with a new PB – well done Anette!
Some stats from this week:
- 222 people completed the course – another above average turnout.
- The average completion time this week was 31:40 – about a minute and 7 seconds over the average to date.
- There were 116 male finishers and 96 female finishers (and 10 unknowns, who are gender neutral)
- Between all the finishers, we have collectively completed 11,777 parkruns to date!
- It was very wet this week.
Finally, some thoughts on the birthday celebrations. 14 years is a long time. It's not only fantastic that parkrun still exists today, but also that it continues to grow at quite a rate. There are events in 20 countries round the world, and this week saw the 5 millionth person register to take part. Parkrun has had a positive impact on quite literally hundreds of thousands of people, including me. I am proud to take part and contribute in any way I can, and look forward to 9 am on Saturday morning like never before.
See you next week!