Run Report - David Dyer
Photos - James Fowler
It was a great weekend of sport with the World Cup Final, Wimbledon finals and the return of Maidenhead parkrun to Braywick after an enforced one week break. A quick investigation at the back of the course discovered a 2001-type monolith had appeared during the week. Presumably this is a support for the new bridge that is planned across the stream.
Although there was room to run around it, this plus the need to mark out a new course around the large pile of earth on the top field led to us deciding to stick to the new course we have been using for the last few weeks. You should be seeing some new faces in the Run Director role over the near future and this week it was the turn of Sarah Davies who many of you will know as she has recently been responsible for co-ordinating the volunteer roster, in particular organising the program for the many Duke of Edinburgh students who have been helping us put on your runs.
After the usual enthusiastic briefing from Marika to the many first-timers and tourists (including one from as far away as Hong Kong), Sarah gave the general briefing to the crowd of 284 runners. We then made our way to the start where we had a short wait to make sure the course was safely clear (as always highlighted in the briefing, everyone please remember that we always need to be aware of other parkusers). After checking the timers were set, Sarah started the run.
With no rain in Maidenhead for what seems like ages the ground at Braywick is very dry and it makes it very difficult to inset the finishing line stakes into the ground, even with the addition of the latest piece of parkrun equipment, a mallet. Indeed we had scarcely had time to set up the finishing funnel before the first finisher James TURNER appeared in a very fast time of 16:05, only 6 seconds outside the Maidenhead course record and over a minute ahead of frequent first finisher Adam BENNETT.
The hot weather made it tough going. However the dry hard ground did partly compensate reulting in Personal Bests for 49 runners. Congratulations for the milestone achievements of Joe POOTS (Junior 10), Ida BURROWS & Kevin MCDONALD (50), David WAUGH & Simon BEER (100).
This week 284 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
David DYER • Matthew SNELLING • Martin PALETHORPE • Stephen ANDERSON • Adam BENNETT • Sarah ELLIS • Sarah DAVIES • Jackson BROCKLEBANK • Sam DAVIES • Malcolm MOODY • Helal STEPHAN • Joanne WHITFIELD • Lesley GRAVES • Meggie CUMINI • William SMITH • Marika KARAVAN • Frankie COTTRELL • Gerlinde BOBACK • Kate SAYERS • Ben TAPNER-EVANS • Jenna HOULT • James FOWLER • Maisie COCHRANE • Hana RICHARDSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maidenhead parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Zac RANDALL who recorded a time of 15:59 on 20th August 2016 (event number 72).
The female record is held by Alice HECTOR who recorded a time of 17:26 on 11th March 2017 (event number 103).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sheila Janet CAREY who recorded 92.09% (23:24) on 21st March 2015 (event number 1).
Maidenhead parkrun started on 21st March 2015. Since then 6,354 participants have completed 41,301 parkruns covering a total distance of 206,505 km, including 7,739 new Personal Bests.