Run Report for Event #88 on 19th July 2014
Run Director, Becky Bushnell
Friday was a night of spectacular storms passing through. We had thunder, lightening, and very heavy rain which left me wondering what the conditions would be like in the park on Saturday morning. Then there was that little part of me that wasn't quite sure if I would be brave enough to be run director in the middle of a massive thunderstorm. Fortunately the rain eased and the ground was not too waterlogged. The volunteers all arrived in plenty of time, the course got set up and 163 parkrunners laughed in the face of the bad weather to notch up another run at Little Stoke.
Many thanks to this week's volunteer team:
Andrew GRIFFIN • Becky BUSHNELL • Bob COX • Bridget MATTHEWS • Geoffrey BLACKMAN • Graham John CRUMP • Heather Ann TURNER • Jackie LEWIS • Jo BAKER • Lu LANDYMORE • Rachel GOVER • Sian CLARKE • Stephen SHAKESPEARE • Steven GRANT
We welcomed a few familiar faces from Chipping Sodbury this week including their Event Director Stu Wilkie who I almost didn't recognise behind his beard. A beard is generally enough of a disguise to fool me but recently there was a very mysterious runner at Pomphrey Hill who went to great lengths to complete his parkrun anonymously - read all about that here!
The gazebo went up just in case the heavens opened during the event but in the end we managed to get away with just a few light showers and the odd rumble of thunder in the distance. It was a great effort by all 163 runners and 38 came away with a new PB to boot!
You may have noticed a new addition to the park this week in the form of Matt's Snax. He sells a selection of hot and cold drinks and various breakfast rolls to enjoy as you chat to and cheer on your fellow parkrunners each week. I can verify that the bacon butties are delicious and I will be working my way through the rest of his menu over the coming weeks.
Saturday 26th July will be the first 'naked parkrun' at Little Stoke. Now I know what you're thinking but we're not asking you to ditch your clothes and run in your birthday suit, it's all about ditching your gadgets (e.g. GPS devices, headphones etc) and being technology free.
As you will all already know, parkrun is for everyone and everyone has their own pace. The idea behind the naked parkrun is to be able to see how you run without any distractions and to find your own rhythm. You will have the chance to try and predict your 'naked' time on the morning of the event and there may even be a few prizes for the closest guesses once the results are in. This is something that we are going to encourage Little Stoke parkrunners to do on the last parkrun of each month.
Finally a quick note about barcodes. We're not able to accept athlete barcodes on smartphones as the scanning equipment cannot read from the screens so we'd as you to please still bring your paper barcode. For full details of the parkrun policy on this click here.
I think that's all from me for this week. The stats are below.
See you next Saturday in the park!
Little Stoke parkrun Event #88
19th July 2014
Mark SMITH (SM25-29) of Rothwell & District Harriers, was first over the line in 17:08 - first appearance.
Ciaran MCQUADE (SM30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second over the line in 18:27.
Rob DIXON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:29.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 4865 pts.
Simon HUGHES (Unattached) 4508 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 4403 pts.
Courtney HOLBOURN (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (61st overall) over the line in 23:51 - first time in 5 appearances.
Caroline POTTER (VW50-54) of Westbury Harriers, was second (64th overall) over the line in 24:03.
Dawn PINCH (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (68th overall) over the line in 24:15.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 4406 pts.
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 4197 pts.
Emma SHEPHERD (Barefoot Runners Society - UK) 3204 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jonathan GOODLAND (VM55-59) was graded 78.36% for the time 19:57 (16th overall).
Jim GODDEN (VM50-54) was graded 77.04% for the time 19:27 (13th overall).
Peter ENGLAND (VM55-59) was graded 76.23% for the time 20:41 (23rd overall).
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,683 different runners, including participants from 180 athletics clubs, have completed 13,067 runs covering a total distance of 65,335 km, and there have been 3,260 new Personal Bests.