The weather was glorious for the very first parkrun of the year - sunny, blue skies, not too cold - but very very muddy......ah well. And the extra special treat for New Year's Day was that we got to run the course backwards! Well, in reverse, not literally running it backwards...I mean DOWN that lovely hill instead of up.
Personally I've only ever run it up - once before. We're tourists from Bracknell, my sister's house bordering this beautiful park you run in.
We had 137 people turn up, who ran, jogged and walked the course. The tourists came from Hull, Bracknell, Belfast, Bath and Nottingham, plus a smattering from parkruns local to Melton. All in all, representatives of 15 different clubs took part. Welcome all of you.
24 runners were first timers, well done you for getting up on NEW YEARS DAY to come out for a timed run! You're all winners.
Despite the mud, 10 people recorded new Personal Bests. Congratulations to Nigel, Ruby, Amy, Sophie, Alana-Savannah, Veronica, Jonathan, Stuart, Rachel and Warren. Something to aspire to again next time.
Tourist Francesca Parkes and local lady Julie Braker both ran their 50th, well done you two. Look out for Deborah Wilson, who will be running her 50th next time, and Shane Sharkey who will be reaching 100 parkruns next time. Cake, balloons, champagne......? Maybe, maybe not. Rosie Ashmore will be doing her Junior 10 next time out. Definitely cake for her.
The fastest lady on the day was Sophie Kendrick with a time of 21.56, a PERSONAL BEST too! The fastest gentleman on the day was Chris Hibbitt, in a time of 19.44, just 8 seconds off his PB.
Today's event was made possible by 17 amazing volunteers who gave up their time, their lie in and their warmth to make it possible for us to enjoy our run:
Anne JACOBS • Paul JACOBS • Helen BENZIE • Emma PALMER • Mike WILLIAMS • Paul MERRISON • Sharon ESHELBY • Brian WALKLING • Daniel GRAY • Ashley JACKSON • Rachel HEGGS • Cinthia PARKES • Julie WALTON • Val DRAGE • Sue HALE • Mel PADGETT • Sarah-Louise CLARKE
Please give them a cheer when you run round next time. Feeling like you want to give something back? There are plenty of roles you can do as well as run your run, like pre-event set up, post event clear down, pacing 1 minute run 1 minute walk, or 2 minute run 1 minute walk, or pace to a set time, eg 30 mins - You decide! Then you could also run and do token sorting afterwards, run report writing, first timers briefing, and if you're very very fast you could also do barcode scanning for those that follow behind you! Take a look at the spaces available in the next few weeks http://www.parkrun.org.uk/meltonmowbray/futureroster/, then just email firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be assured of a warm welcome. (At 25 times volunteering you get a beautiful purple running shirt, well worth the little bit of time you give back)
If you like your stats, then today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Melton Mowbray parkrun Results Page. I really missed spicing up this newsletter with some photoraphs, if you're handy with the snapper on your phone, or even a pro camera, consider taking some pictures of everyone ready for the off at the start, runners midway round, volunteers, marshals etc. You needn't stay for the whole event. Perhaps you could snap, then use them to write the next newsletter yourself
It'll be Melton Mowbray parkrun's 3rd Birthday in 2 weeks - well worth some photos then! And you'll need cake and balloons. Did I mention cake and balloons yet?
The female record for your course is held by Chloe RICHARDSON who recorded a time of 18:24 on 25th April 2015 (event number 15).
The male record is held by Thomas STEVENS who recorded a time of 16:26 on 16th December 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anna GARNIER who recorded 90.57% (21:44) on 29th April 2017 (event number 123)
Melton Mowbray parkrun started on 10th January 2015. Since then 3,275 participants have completed 20,138 parkruns covering a total distance of 100,690 km, including 4,231 new Personal Bests. Wow.