What a super start to the year. Whether 2018 was bright, bountiful and left you wanting more, or was one to promptly park in the bin, everything about this morning's Mount Edgcumbe parkrun held that wonderful community spirit that works for both sets of needs. I'm sure we've all been in the position of seeing 'that face' when mentioning to non-running friends your plans for New Years Day. However, you can tell them confidently that the proof is in the left over pudding. Last year's event on this day saw 80-odd runners arrive to run our diversion course straight up the side of the folly hill following a fallen tree blocking route A. This year the course was clear and you came in abundant numbers to run together in the park. In fact, 115 of you recorded our non-inaugural attendance record and the first time we've breached the 100 mark since our launch 3 years ago*. Each week the core team put a wager on attendance figures but none of us saw that one coming, even at the start line - perhaps some of you had spent your New Year's Eve sleeping in the bushes. Were that not enough, we had all the Williams' running at the same time! As stalwarts on the volunteer roster, this was clearly a day to mark.
2019 begins with a course record c/o Oliver Paulin's second parkrun of the day!
What better way to do that then, and to kick the year off, than to see the course record drop. 18:11 had been laid down by Ben Pease at the end of August...2016!** In almost a year and a half, few had come close to challenging it. However, this morning Coventry runner Oliver Paulin took that record to sub-18 minutes for the first time, and on the return leg of a New Year Double having run at Plymvalley at 9am! (editor's note: it's been a fair leg since the record has been held on the right side of the Tamar!) Significant congratulations must also go to Garry Smart on achieving the age-grade record of 74.73%. It was super to see the number of you that managed the double today with the Cremyll Ferry, Torpoint Ferry and Tamar Bridge all being utilised to arrive on time with us. A great effort by all of you.
Queue for scanning at Mount Edgcumbe. You heard it here first.
William Blackstone's excellent volunteering efforts did not go unnoticed after the unprecedented queue for scanning post-run (I know, unheard of!). 100 may be considered a quiet day for most other parkruns around the country but at Mount Edgcumbe we have always held dear our small and humble community offering on the peninsular; this one was definitely one to write home about. Following all this enthusiasm and fervour it was all the more fitting that a good crowd drifted down to Barn Pool for our traditional post[new year]run social to cool off - a jump in the sea.
The traditional dip in the sea brought on blue skies for the rest of the day. You're welcome.
Thanks as ever to the volunteers, walkers, runners, dogs and spectators for making it happen, together. Bring on 2019! We're going to be 3 on the 26th Jan - be sure to join us in bringing a party hat!
Mount Edgcumbe parkrun's mountain rescue team - Hamish, Matt and Ludo.
--- Here's the numbers - just look at all those PBs!:
Mount Edgcumbe parkrun Event number 148 1st January 2019
This week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:
Mary HICKSON • Matthew BISCO • Claire DAVIDSON • William BLACKSTONE • Mark DAVIDSON • Simon LEE • Petra WILLIAMS • Jane WEATHERILL • Matt STARLING • Andrea JOHNSON • Richard MATHER • Lee WEATHERILL • Andrew MARRIOTT • Claire COURTNEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mount Edgcumbe parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Rebecca BUNTING who recorded a time of 20:34 on 30th July 2016 (event number 26). The male record is held by Oliver PAULIN who recorded a time of 17:59 on 1st January 2019 (event number 148). The Age Grade course record is held by Garry SMART who recorded 74.73% (20:23) on 1st January 2019 (event number 148).
Mount Edgcumbe parkrun started on 30th January 2016. Since then 1,998 participants have completed 6,939 parkruns covering a total distance of 34,695 km, including 1,153 new Personal Bests. A total of 242 individuals have volunteered 1,944 times.
*correction: we had 109 back in feb 2018. Still a rarity, mind.
**I can't count - TWO and a half years!