Another hot and sunny Lloyd parkrun – the sky was cloudless and bright blue – it was such a bright morning that I was very grateful to have my cap to shield my eyes, and runners without caps or sunglasses were squinting as they ran into the sun towards the finish funnel. The ground was dry and hard, with some large cracks appearing. The tree roots were bright pink, having been well marked for last Sunday’s Race for Life – congratulations to all who completed that – and we had no reported injuries from tripping over tree roots or anything else, although I did finish my run with one shoe off after my laces came undone in the last quarter mile – it was quicker to grab the shoe off and carry it than stop and tie the laces!
We had a lot of first-timers this morning: 36, including 21 people completing their first parkrun, with the other 15 being visitors from near and far.
First to finish this morning was Dean Bain (Waveney Valley AC), visiting from Gorleston Cliffs parkrun parkrun, in 18:33, followed by Phil Symonds, who usually runs just along the road at South Norwood parkrun, in 18:44, just ahead of Lloyd parkrun regular Robert Lines (Selsdon Baptist Church Runners) finishing in 18:45. First woman was Rachel Lindley (Striders of Croydon) in 19:27, with Deborah Whiston (Defence Sports & Recreation), another visitor, usually running at Plymvalley and Winchester parkruns, second in 20:01 – a PB, but just missing out on a rare place in the Lloyd parkrun list of women finishing sub-20 minutes) – with Jo Ross (26.2RC, visiting from Richmond parkrun) third in a PB of 24:05.
Highest age grades came from Rachel Lindley (77.81%), Graham Hansen (77.41%), Deborah Whiston (76.44%), Robert Lines (76.18%), Paul Finch (71.15%), Andy Evans (70.72%), David Harris (70.39%) and Chris Morton (70.20%) - great running.
And 36 people ran PBs: Claire Mitchell, Deborah Whiston, Paul Finch, Adam Costello, Jo Ross, David Harris, Phil Mitchell, Marcelo Kern, Lydia Goromonzi, Faiyaz Farouk, Caroline McLellan, Sonay Erten, Prashanth Ramakrishna, Sonja Shakespeare, Janet Mcquade, Michael O'Connor, Adrian Ham, Christian Vietz, Marcia Wilson, Cliantha Kay, Edmund Fallon, Stephen Siu, Simon Lythgoe, Emma Jennings-Hester, Ramsay Gashut, Lamie Kendrick, Cindy Lim, Huesan Chan, Michelle Carr, Luke White, Mina Pourashrafi, Aidan Dixon, Peter Lawton, Simon Gicquel, Tréjean Gicquel, Daniel Morris, Jonathan Stillwell, Pablo Rousset, Lucas Kemperman, Trevor Stotten, Lauren Terry, Carl Lydner, Ramya Balu, Sheila McCluskey, Toyin Rodwell and Chris Porter – well run all.
Congratulations to Jane Sparks and Alex Morrall on reaching the 50 parkruns club, and to Matthew Hansen for reaching the 100-club, and thank you for the edibles (which were rapidly demolished!)
And many thanks to this week’s volunteer heroes. Your fantastic marshals cheering you on around the course today were father and son team of Colin and Bob Dear, Sanjay and Taruna Iyer, Martin Cross, Steve Corfield and Geoff Pennells. The great set-up crew were Nadine Pryce, Jane Sparks, Pauline James, Nick Fiander, Eric Schrijnemaekers and Hayden McLeod – leaving me with nothing to do but arrange things on the tables. Heather Sinclair, Anna Corby (back from university), Foong Cheek and (after running) Eric Schrijnemaekers did a great job on barcode scanning, and Jo Wheeler, Louise Lauder, Neil Bicknell and Jenny Booth did sterling work as your finish-line crew – particular thanks to Jenny for taking over Number Checker so I could run after making the announcements. Jennifer Page and Trevor Stotten were today’s Tail Walkers, making sure everyone finished safely and not-last (!) – and they said thank you to the marshals who collected up all the course markers. Special mention to Lez Gonsalves and Richard Corby for carrying water to runners waiting for scanning, and to Jenny Henson who brought water to us at the finish line – which I particularly appreciated as I’d forgotten to have any between finishing running and starting taking photos!
See you next week: Lloyd parkrun will be back same time, same place.