It came as no surprise to the Lloyd parkrun regulars to find lots of mud on today's course. I have my own names for parts of the route - The Swamp; Hippo Corner; Slip-up Hill; Slip-down Hill etc. There are no prizes for guessing which bit I refer to with each of those names.
A new one today is Bowling Green Burn-up. There were a lot of dead heats today but this is the view from the back of the field. I was waiting for later finishers to come through the funnel and there was quite a bit of racing going on. First to catch my eye in positions 202 and 203 were Ashleigh and Rosemarie Stevens, both on 46m 44s. A minute later sisters Fi and Alice Hunt were battling it out for 204th and 205th place respectively.
Two unknowns crossed the line arm in arm for joint 211/212 places and finally Keith "I've started so I'll finish" Booth came over the line escorting tail runner Lynn Seymour to round off his 305th parkrun. Well done to all of them and to anyone else racing the last 100m or so just for fun.
Today 23 park runners forgot their bar codes which is a lot out of 214 finishers. Remember you can keep a spare code in the plastic boxes we have as part of the admin setup. Put a copy of your barcode in there next time you attend and you will always get a result. One unknown was Melissa King who finished in 165th place, running before her wedding in the afternoon. Many congratulations to her and we hope everything went well.
We also had 15 first timers and 9 people doing their 2nd run at Lloyd of whom 7 got PBs. I think that goes to show it was even muddier last week than this. Overall there were 15 PBs.
Statistics for the run: first man home was Robert Lloyd Smith with a PB of 18m 59s and the only runner to get an age grade % higher than 70. His was 74.10%. Second through the funnel was Jon Pontin taking it easy today with a casual 19m 59s. The third man is anonymous as no bar code no result.
For the ladies Anna Corby did an excellent 23m 17s; next was Kathryn Evans on her third visit to Lloyd on 25m 05s. Third girl home was Jodie Gray with 26m 07s.
I would like to thank all the volunteers, some of whom gave up their opportunity to parkrun so that others could do so. If you can't volunteer on a Saturday why not consider helping at junior parkrun which is same time same place every Sunday? Marshals are always welcome. We had two pacers today. One was Ron West doing his 250th parkrun and aiming for a 27-minute finish. He was pretty close to the time he wanted so well done and thank you. And Bob Ewen shepherded runners in for a 30-minutes finish.
Finally I hope you all managed to have a word with Tom Melhuish who was there representing Exodus Travels, one of parkrun's new sponsors. Do have a look at their brochure and website, and you can get a £100 discount as a parkrun member if you book a holiday with them by 28th Feb. Just quote code PARKRUN18 when booking.
Until next time.