For the last couple or weeks, people have been yelling "It's coming home!" wherever possible. In newspapers, on the radio, on the internet, it has been everywhere.
Finally, after all this time, it makes sense. The reason people have been using this phrase and whipping themselves up into a frenzy for a while now? Well, if you were in the park at around 8-30 on Saturday morning then you'll know that it did indeed come home. After two long weeks, parkrun came home to Markeaton Park. It was glorious, it was brilliant, but MAN it was hot!
363 of us slapped on the Factor 50 and headed down to the park but the sun beat us to it and was high in the sky by the time 9-00am rolled round which let to a squelchy affair for most of the parkrunners on show. In fact, this much sweat hadn't been shed by anybody since watching the penalty shootout against Colombia last week.
We welcomed runners from such far-flung places as Norwich, Cardiff, South Bank, France, Russia and, possibly the most exciting...Hull. Incredible stuff. A real international flavour to this week's parkrun as demonstrated by our French friends below, who, due to the heat, possibly turned into French fries by the finish line...
I'm writing this before the World Cup final has finished, so congratulations or hard luck, depending how it panned out...
An amazing 59 people were running at Markeaton for the first time and 30 of those people chose yesterday to do their first parkrun anywhere. Brilliant! Welcome along everyone. May it be the first of many.
There were plenty of milestone runs this week. A very special mention goes to Kevin Jones from Cardiff on his 375th parkrun and his 228th parkrun venue worldwide, spanning thirteen countries. Incredible stuff! As was the Welsh cake that Kevin brought along.
Nigel Tissington and Nick Bates ran their 100th parkruns. Congratulations chaps!
Then let's not forget Sir Brian Silcock, our phenomenal photographer, who shot his 100th Markeaton photoshoot on Saturday morning. You can see the fantastic fruits of his camera by clicking on the 'photos' tab on the top of the Markeaton parkrun page. It's always great to see Brian pop up around the course snapping away and Saturday's collection is a particularly sweat-drenched offering, including a couple of runners who ran topless. Yeah, you want to look now don't you eh!?
Run director Tim did his best Gareth Southgate impression by donning the closest he could find to a waistcoat, the blue and white hi-viz vest and belted out the run-briefing before we all ran, walked, jogged and melted our way around the course. It was hot. Possibly the hottest parkrun ever at Markeaton? I'm struggling to think of a warmer one. Well done to everybody who made it to the finish. Whatever your time, we hope you had a good time.
Big thanks to all the marvellous volunteers who also sweltered in the heat. Nobody wants to wear an extra layer of hi-viz vest in this weather, but you all did like champions. parkrun can't happen without wonderful people like you.
So, it was good to be home and unlike the footballers, we don't have to wait 4 years for the next one as we can do it all next week!
Enjoy the sunshine and the stats...
Event number 235
14th July 2018
This week 363 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Paula Jane HUBBER • Jacquie WILLIAMS • Tony EVANS • Brian WARNER • Fiona FINNEGAN • Chris WHITE • Neil BARNES • Jean SILCOCK • Catherine SEYMOUR • David KEEGAN • Richard TISSINGTON • Marie STANDLEY • Tim BENTLEY • Sarah BENTLEY • Angela MONK • John WINTER • Tim STANDLEY • Brian SILCOCK • Neil MOSLEY • Gillian RICHARDSON • Ali CLARKE • Kimberley JOWITT • Nick POTTER • Christopher FENTON • Rebecca PAYNE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Markeaton parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Harriet EMKES who recorded a time of 18:23 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142). The male record is held by Alex PILCHER who recorded a time of 15:20 on 29th October 2016 (event number 164).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.64% (24:29) on 2nd April 2016 (event number 142).
Markeaton parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 9,646 participants have completed 57,938 parkruns covering a total distance of 289,690 km, including 12,030 new Personal Bests.