Hi parkrunners, hope you all enjoyed the run on Saturday.
It was our second naked run, an initiative to encourage runners to forego technology and run without GPS, phones or music and just let the natural pace take you. Take the approach that 'less is more' and regain the feel of running, rather than chasing data. (paraphrased from an article here: http://online.wsj.com/articles/how-to-run-nakedand-love-it-1401323053)
Of course, being parkrun we couldn't do this without a little tongue in cheek competition so we have some innuendo laden fruit as a prize for the closest of those who chose to join in predicting their run times.
Joint winners again this week, although not quite as close as the first time. Simon Faulkner and Richard Nuell both predicted just 4 seconds away from their actual finishing time. Well done to you both, hope to catch up with you next week.
Congratulations are due for Dave Guest, Emma Bagley and Louise Foxall who all went naked and although their predictions weren't close enough to their actual times, they all walked away with PBs in the process. Indeed congratulations to anyone who surprised themselves with a PB without the usual pacing tools.
Aaaaand, as if that wasn't enough to go with for the day we also had three 50th runs on Saturday; Karen Owen and Becky Doye who had custom t-shirts for their '50 club' inauguration and also Suzy Cundy who's 80s wig had a lot of people including myself double take at her new hair style! A massive WELL DONE to the the three of you, we look forwards to many more runs with you guys, it's great having you as part of our parkrun family.
Two junior runners joined the 10-club this week; congratulations are due to Josephine Lillywhite and Constance Ellery, well done to both of you on your achievement. Josephine and Constance are both also regular runners in the junior event on Sunday, we hope you've enjoyed your runs as much as we have enjoyed hosting them and look forwards to many more in the future.
One last word before we dive in to the results, and that is a quick note on funnel ducking. The parkrun timing process is beautiful in it's simplicity but relies on all of our runners adhering to the straight forward process of crossing the line then collecting a token. If you want to know your time you must be a registered runner and collect a token to get scanned. It's only going to ruin it for others if this process is interrupted, we can't make any exceptions. Enough said...
Brett HALLIWELL (SM20-24) of Stroud & District AC, was first over the line in 16:36 - first appearance.
An unknown runner was second.
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) of Bristol and West AC, was third over the line in 16:53 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Simon FAULKNER (Portishead Running Club) 5273 pts.
Derek DA SILVA (Unattached) 5022 pts.
Ciaran MCQUADE (Bristol and West AC) 4924 pts.
Ellie LEATHER (JW15-17) of Westbury Harriers, was first (20th overall) over the line in 20:14 - second time in 5 appearances.
Hayley BENNETT (SW30-34) of Bristol and West AC, was second (36th overall) over the line in 21:41 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Sabrina PATTEN (VW45-49) of Bristol and West AC, was third (57th overall) over the line in 23:38.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen OWEN (Bristol and West AC) 4832 pts.
Suzanne CUNDY (Stokes Striders Recreational Running Group) 4831 pts.
Sylvia Ann CRUMP (Sole Sisters) 3657 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Philip PARRY (VM50-54) was graded 88.06% for the time 16:53 (third overall).
Paul SPERRIN (VM55-59) was graded 81.36% for the time 19:03 (9th overall).
Brett HALLIWELL (SM20-24) was graded 78.01% for the time 16:36 (first overall).
This week there were 201 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different athletics clubs took part.
Little Stoke parkrun started on 3rd November 2012, and since then 2,841 different runners, including participants from 187 athletics clubs, have completed 13,957 runs covering a total distance of 69,785 km, and there have been 3,438 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Jenny JAGGER who ran in a time of 00:17:46 on 2014-04-26 (event number 77).
The men's record is held by Jack BANCROFT who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2013-09-07 (event number 43).
The Age Grade course record is held by Philip PARRY who recorded a 90.58% run (16:17) on 7th September 2013 (event number 43).