Now, I don't know about you but running can be a superstitious pastime. You've maybe got your regular Saturday morning warm-up routine. Maybe a lucky pair of running socks. Perhaps you know you are going to have a good parkrun if you have a certain breakfast. That's all well and good, whatever gets you in the zone to zoom round the park. Luck plays a big part. You can be lucky with the weather, lucky with your choice of route, lucky in a number of running related decisions...
Except, it seems, if Tony is run directing, in which case, all bets are off.
You see, only once before has a serious incident that needs reporting happened at Markeaton parkrun when Tim has handed over the reins. Who was run-directing that time too? You got it.
Now, don't get me wrong, Tony is an awesome human being and a fine upstanding member of the community. I'm just here to report on the facts and bring you an unbiased fact-based run report on what went down in the park on Saturday. Unfortunately though, two runners went down in the park on Saturday. The Curse of Tony? You decide.
Before we go any further, both runners are ok and I'm not making light of their troubles at all. One runner was upended by a wayward child a few seconds into the run and another runner fainted a little later. Both are fine and we wish them well. Incidents like this are few and far between at parkrun ( not much consolation to them I know) but it does seem like bad luck struck both runners, or...The Curse of Tony?
In good news though, 464 parkrunners did make it round despite Tony's best efforts and that was very close to an attendance record. It would have been the second best finishing total ever, if not for the unfortunate incidents. Will we smash it for the official 5th birthday run next week?
An incredible 66 people were appearing at Markeaton for the first time and an amazing 45 were running their first ever parkrun anywhere. Had they known about The Curse of Tony then they maybe would have chosen next week, possibly? Who knows? It was great to see so many people congregate in the park for such a wonderful occasion. Runners gathered from all corners of the globe including Ashbourne...sorry, I mean Australia! Wow. Huge thanks for bringing the weather with you too.
Talking of which, we can't let this run report slip by without mentioning what a glorious morning it was for a change. No puddles, no mud, no ice, no problem! It was a real pleasure to run, jog or walk round the glorious surroundings with a few hundred like-minded people. Sun, sweat and stacks of smiles. Fantastic stuff!
Huge thanks to the volunteers who made the magic happen. Markeaton parkrun couldn't happen without you. The marshals responded brilliantly to the 2 incidents to ensure things went smoothly and the event continued with as little drama as possible. Good work everybody.
In more good news, laughing in the face of any curse this week, were many runners completing milestone runs. Huge congratulations to William and Edward who ran their 100th parkrun and Thomas who clocked up run number 50. Thomas (a different Thomas to the other Thomas) and Marvin were also running record-breaking runs too, racking up their 10th runs.
So, if you hear of a brilliant running event happening over the weekend that brings in amazing people of all ages and abilities from all over the world, an event that involves miraculous marshalls, runners, joggers and walkers, that involves triumph, tragedy, extreme effort and extreme joy, you can think, with a smile on your face.., yeah, I was there.
Dont forget that next week is a very special occasion. It's going to be 5 years since Markeaton parkrun crawled from the swamp of Darley Park and became the beautiful event it is today. Party time! Bring yourself! Bring a friend! Bring balloons with a 5 on them! But most importantly BRING CAKE!!!
(And if that doesn't convince you to come, dont forget that Tony wont be run-directing so you stand a better than average chance of finishing in one piece...)
(Love you really Tony xx)
Here come the stats....
Event number 225
21st April 2018
This week 464 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 66 were first timers and 94 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Tony EVANS • Gerry WHITE • Chris WHITE • Nicola WHITE • Natalie WHEAT • Martyn Lewis SMITH • Liz WILLIAMS • Helen SMITH • Marie STANDLEY • James COWIE • Tim BENTLEY • Sarah BENTLEY • Angela MONK • Jonathan HOWKINS • Tim STANDLEY • Alan WILLIAMS • Sarah HUSKINSON • Brian SILCOCK • Karen NEWTON • Jacqui HABGOOD • Viv MOXHAM • Ian CROMPTON • Mike SMITH • Nick POTTER • 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 9,044 participants have completed 53,557 parkruns covering a total distance of 267,785 km, including 11,159 new Personal Bests