28th March 2015 – event #165

There were Personal Bests (PBs) galore, at Mile End, on Saturday morning. Nine of the first 17 finishers achieved that magical feeling of running the course quicker than they have ever run it before. In fact, 46 of the 165 finishers (28%) set a new PB. First across the line was Joe Williams. Although he wasn’t one of those to set a new PB, he did equal his PB, which he only just set a week previously. To run this PB time two weeks in a row certainly suggests there’s plenty more progress to come for Joe. Since the start of the year, he’s set three new PBs, and equalled his PB on two other occasions. Joe said he’s changed his training a bit, and actually reduced the amount of mileage he’s doing, but increased the intensity of some of it. It certainly seems to be working well for him.

Another winner who certainly followed a program of limited mileage was, in my opinion, the greatest British athlete, ever. Yes, indeed, Seb Coe never ran more than 50 miles in a week. Seb is the only man to defend the Olympic 1500m title, and his 800m World Record stood for 18 years.

Talking of World Records, very nearly 12 years ago, Paula Radcliffe (the greatest female (again, in my opinion)) ran the fastest-ever time by a woman for the Marathon. Her record of 2:15:25 may well stand for another 12 years. She’s due to be running the London Marathon, on the 26th of April, as her final goodbye to racing. Perhaps some of the Mile End Parkrunners are also running. What a thrill to be in the same race as this utterly fantastic athlete.

Happy running.

Full results report:

Men's placings:
Joe WILLIAMS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:36 - 20th time in 95 appearances.
Adam Alexander YOUNG (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 16:44.
David JONES (SM30-34) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, was third over the line in 16:59 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

Women's placings:
Holly PAGE (SW25-29) of Cambridge University Hare and Hounds, was first (20th overall) over the line in 19:42 - third time in 3 appearances.
Miranda JOHNSON (SW20-24) (Unattached) was second (41st overall) over the line in 21:32.
Grace MILLER (JW11-14) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, was third (48th overall) over the line in 22:12.

Mile End parkrun started on 4th February 2012, and since then 3,169 different runners, including participants from 327 athletics clubs, have completed 15,493 runs covering a total distance of 77,465 km, and there have been 3,111 new Personal Bests