For the middle of September, the weather was still pretty good today – sunny, and a pleasant temperature for running (and not too cool for volunteers standing on a field for an hour or so). The ground at Lloyd parkrun is still nice and firm – to be enjoyed while it lasts.
This morning, Tom Wells was running with us – and this afternoon, he was getting married – so congratulations to Tom, and you can thank Tom Hutchinson for letting me know so I could announce your wedding to everyone this morning!
Congratulations are also due to Martin Drake, on the birth of his daughter Kitty.
We had 17 first-timers joining us today, and as usual some of those arrived rather early when the volunteers easily outnumbered the runners. I reassured them that this would change, and indeed the usual magic occurred by which numbers swelled rapidly from about 8.50 and we ended up with 239 people completing the parkrun today.
The last people to finish were Robert and Helene McCann, as our Tail Walkers. Just before them came Keith Booth, walking both laps (having said he would just do one) on his first parkrun for three months. It was great to have Keith back.
The first parkrunner to finish today was Jack Burton (South London Harriers) in 18:27, followed by David White (Croydon Harriers) in18:54 and Andrew Manion in a PM of 19:02. For the women, Eloise Stradling (Farnham Runners) finished first in 21:54 in her first run with us, followed by Jenny Rowe in a PB of 22:15 and Amy-Rose Poole in 24:13.
Highest age graded runs came from Jack Burton (75.43%), John Isaacs (73.70%), and Daniel Jewell (72.67%), with Andy Perks, Phil Richards, Pauline James, Simon Ambrosi, Gary Harrison and Paul Elliott also coming in over 70%.
A great 48 people ran PBs: Andrew Manion, Daniel Jewell, Jake Moir, Paul Elliott, Jon Bridges, Luke White, Adam Costello, Tom Wells (a great start to your wedding day!), Jenny Rowe, David McLellan, David Peach, Phil Richards, Jim Meadows, Caroline McLellan, Roo Stewart, Edmund Fallon, Stephen Siu, Nigel Booth, Joy Barker, Jonathan Stillwell, Daria Kaczmarek, Simon Tucker, Louisa James, Clara Smowton, Suresh Vellore, David Graves, Catherine Kane, Alex Hesketh, Simone Ragavooloo, Marine Passavant, Hannah Heard, Casandra Dohmatob, Sophia Brown, David Kane, Ricky Thompson, Marie Holmes, Tim Stephens, Rosemarie Stevens, Lydia Goromonzi, Gema Rolfe, Isabella Brown, Sarah Read, Mary Bates, Rosemarie Stephens, Alan Clarey, Ama Mohammadi, Karin Aspeling and Anne Johannes – well run all!
More than 20 people didn’t have their barcodes today. If anyone is having problems getting theirs printed out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help with that. If you are a regular Lloyd parkrunner do remember you can leave a copy or two of your barcode in the boxes we provide for that purpose. I also recommend that you keep a copies everywhere – under the cover of your mobile phone is a good place as well as in your wallet/purse, in the car, under the insole of your running shoe (yes, really) – or invest in a parkrun ID wristband.
Finally, as always, we couldn’t hold a parkrun without the volunteers. Today I had the pleasure of being your Run Director. Jenny Booth and ‘The Ref’ (Stephen Tyler) clicked the stopwatches while Joy Harris handed out finish tokens. David Appleton, Bob Thomas and Thea Franklin scanned barcodes, and Jane Sparkes wrote down those that didn’t scan properly (in nice legible writing, which Jenny and I appreciated greatly while we processed the results). Jane also helped set out the course, together with Pauline James, Nadine Pryce and Colin Jackson. Lee Flanagan took photos until the card in my camera was full (my apologies for forgetting to check and clear space on it beforehand), and Sarah Allport, Sandra Harris, Richard Spear and Graham Hansen were today’s marshals.
The last words for this report come thanks to a runner who used to be a regular at a different parkrun and now runs regularly with us – she said we’re much friendlier. Thank you to everyone for that, and long may we continue with a reputation as a friendly parkrun.
See you next week.