Sun, blue skies, just a little bit of breeze, firm ground underfoot - what a beautiful day for a parkrun! Some 309 runners agreed and lined up for the start this morning, several of them attached to a variety of sizes and shapes of dog.
Truthfully, the extra numbers were due to the mob match being held between several church running groups at Lloyd parkrun this morning. Welcome to all today’s visitors, whether you were taking part in that event or otherwise. And welcome also to today’s 13 first time parkrunners!
Arriving in the park this morning at about 0805, several of the others on the setup crew were already there and waiting for me, and we all pitched in to get the tables, flag, finish funnel etc. out of the storage cupboard, before Nadine Pryce, Eric Schrijnemaekers, Danyal Nawaz and Matthew Crossley set off to do most of the course marking while Jane Sparks helped me to get the finish funnel up and the first and last few signs set up. No sooner had we done that then it was time to start organising the rest of the volunteers: marshals Kerena Ivens, Hannah Luffman, Helene McCann, Peter Whiteley, Xihuai Guo and Yaning Zyu; timekeepers Robert Butlin and Jon Dean; Linda Ingram giving out the finish tokens; and Louise Lauder, Foong Cheek, Erik Schrijnemaekers and Nikki Javan on barcode scanning. Richard Corby took on number checking so I would be able to take the photos after making the announcements as today’s Run Director. Robert Butlin kindly carried out the First Timers’ briefing so I could concentrate on the volunteers.
Lee Flanagan (Striders of Croydon)had a great run this morning, and was first in to the finish, in 18:03, followed by Adam Hudson (Good Shepherd Runners) in 18:35 and Kevin Lewis (Sutton Runners) in 18:37. For the women, Jessica Moore (Croydon Harriers) finished first in 23:20, with Patroulla Lorke (Emmanuel Runners) second in 24:25 and Viv Mitchell (South London Harriers) third in 25:30.
Lloyd parkrun regular runner Jenny Little joined the parkrun 100 club this morning, while visitor Marie Gray (Chiltern Church Runners) joined the 50-club. I love seeing all the white (10 parkruns – under-18s only), red (50 parkruns), black (100) and green (250) shirts being worn on a Saturday morning – and indeed seeing them worn with pride by runners during the week.
A fantastic 63 runners ran PBs today: Adam Hudson, Ashley Pate, Dave Shaw, Léo Lawless, George Ogden, Steve Corfield, Darren Woods, Phil Docherty, David Colm O'Domhnaill, Deji Elerewe, Lukasz Farbaniec, Maximilian Lorke, Jon Bridges, Gary Harrison, Phil Richards, Ian Smith, Ian Yates, Christian Vietz, Wilfred Yung, Darren Millings, Jamie Taylor, Bob Dear, Amatare Oki, Steve Price, Monty F. P. Atkinson, Donal Deasy, Thomas Meadows, Sonja Shakespeare, Michael Ogunnaike, Stephen Heinemann, Kyle Cheatley, Derek Harding, Ian White, Tamsyn Down, Ray Royer, Jane Sparks, Jeremy Hopes, Yvonne Harrison, Tom Algar, Aneta K, Kirsty Cotton, Paul Lewis, Periasamy Selvaraj, Sophia Lunn, Andy Poole, Matthew Crossley, Shaun Smith, Martin Tyrrell, Kannan Sundararajan, Matthew Gray, Wendy Field, Timothy Lunn, Tamsin Bosch, Polly Albany-Ward, Carmel Spanswick, Andrew Ward, Daria Kaczmarek, Aga Naturalna, Sean Neighbour-Sinclair, Emma Brown, Alison Ward, Carol Payne and Elsa Zeelie – well done all.
Two runners – Mathew Stone and Dave Shaw – ran runs over 80% age-graded today, with Steve Corfield, Mark Constantinou, Lee Flanagan, Graham Hansen and Adam Hudson over 75% and Kevin Lewis, George Ogden, Geoff Pennells, Tim Rowe, Ashley Pate, Phil Richards, Ian Taylor, Viv Mitchell, Gary Harrison, Isaac Flanagan and Chris Light over 70% - great running all of you.
And thank you to all those associated with the mob match who brought the nice edibles that were happily consumed after the run.
Finally congratulations to Andy Crossley on his birthday yesterday and well done running while towing your birthday balloon.
See you all next week.