#139 – 25th August 2018

Lydney parkrun
Event number 139
25th August 2018

On my first visit as ambassador to Lydney I have been allowed to write the run report and it's a pleasure so to do. A crisp and summery morning saw an early arrival at a very quiet car park. Serial tourist Kris Denholm had travelled to Lydney from Bridgend and had been waiting since seven o'clock. There's keen. I wandered round to the start area and met Gary Burley - a relatively new parkrunner - who was there for set up. It looks like he has caught the bug and is happy to help on the volunteer front too. RD Andrew Long soon arrived and we got on with laying out the course, (which promised to be good to firm, so ideal running conditions), before the first timer's briefing welcomed new parkrunners and newbies from as far afield as Lydney :-) Bridgend, Bedford and Bermuda. Wow!
Some of our newbies had no barcode with them but we explained the rules at the end and they were very happy. They didn't bring their codes as they thought they needed a new one every week and too much trouble. Doh! #DFYB
No birthdays to celebrate and no milestones, which was highly unusual, but lots of people going to the Severn Bridge 10K and Half tomorrow so we wished them well.
We got underway and this week 87 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.
The lighter field offered Chloe Wheeler the freedom to record a pb and also a new category record in the SW18-19 age group with a time of 19:15 as she crossed the line as first finisher. Second lady home was Amanda Cullen, SW25-29, whose time of 23:16 was also a pb. 3rd lady home was Sue Shergold, VW50-54 in a time of 24:02
First man across the line was James Hewlett, SM25-29 in 20.42, followed by Tim Riddington, VM45-49 in 21:05 closely followed by Walter Leach, VM55-59 in 21:10
On the age grade front the top performers were: Neil Halford, MV65-69 whose time of 21:58 gave an age grade of 78.53% which was also a pb. Chloe Wheeler age graded at 77.75% and Robert Parry, another VM65-69 graded 74.73% with his pb time of 23:05.
Nice to see regular runners Vicki Hewlett, Tony May and Marysia Furlong in amongst te pb crowd today today. A good day for records!
I had a pleasant chat with ED David Price and it's obvious that this is a warm, friendly and welcoming event, typical of "The Forest" and I thank you all for the welcome. Hats off to Stuart Lodge, volunteering whilst recovering from a nasty fall not so long ago but still determined to be part of parkrun. Great effort and thank you Stuart.
If you can spare some time to get involved then please contact the team. There are even roles where you can volunteer as well as run so please don't be shy. All are welcome.
Today's event was made possible by 16 volunteers to whom we extend our and your thanks: Logan ARENDELL, David ARENDELL, Gary BURLEY, Mark CHANNER, Sandra HAWKINS, Anne KIRK, Stuart LODGE, Andrew LONG, Martina MITCHARD, Seth PETERS, David PRICE, Brian PRICE, Victoria SIMS, Graham TAYLOR, Mark WILLIAMSON and Chloe WHEELER
I look forward to popping in again soon.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lydney parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Scott CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 16:56 on 14th May 2016 (event number 20).
The female record is held by Jane EVANS who recorded a time of 18:01 on 15th April 2017 (event number 69).
The Age Grade course record is held by Teresa TRANTER who recorded 85.59% (24:03) on 22nd October 2016 (event number 43).
Lydney parkrun started on 2nd January 2016. Since then 2,523 participants have completed 14,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 70,810 km, including 2,700 new Personal Bests.