Guest report writer this week! Many thanks to Mark Pinney from Stevenage parkrun for today's report.
As a parkrun tourist I arrived in Cornwall late on Friday evening, specifically wanting to do the UK's most south-westerley course for my 100th parkrun. It took a mammoth 5 hours to drive from Kings Langley (near Watford) to get to the hotel and a further hour in the morning, but it was well worth the effort.
A rather grey parkrunday to start with, but that didn't dampen anyone's parkrun enthusiasm. I arrived early and introduced myself to Liz Prady (our Run Director for the day). Without Liz and her amazing team of Volunteers (Simon BAKER, Verity BATEMAN, Janna EYRE, Derrick FRANTZ, Clare HUGHES, Chris HUGHES, Andrea HUNT, Anna LOGAN, Marianne MOSS, Shane ORCHARD, Finn PERHAM, Mark PINNEY, Jess WHITEHOUSE, Lucy YEOMANS) we wouldn't have been able to run, so a big thank you to them all for volunteering and ensuring we had a well organised and safe run.
Liz very kindly mentioned it was my 100th parkrun during the briefing, and then it was off to the start. Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself.
The fast version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtRKiTn4js4
The full version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttbEhQlws6A
We went for breakfast at the cafe afterwards and met Craig MCCARTHY who was doing his first parkrun since moving back to the UK from France. Craig has already got the bug and is looking forward to being a regular runner at Penrose.
On to the stats....
This week we had 224 runners, joggers and walkers. 26 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 95 Female and 103 Male.
Top 3 Males were Justin THOMAS in a superb time of 16:59, Steven WHERRY in 17:52 and James WILLIAMS in a new PB of 18:06. Top 3 Females were Abbie MILNES in 18:46 (smashing her previous PB by well over a minute!), Emma MOSSOP in 20:49 and Charlotte BENNETT in 21:32.
There were an astonishing 40 parkrunners who were new to Penrose, of whom 15 were doing their first ever parkrun. So well done to you all and we hope to see you back next week.
The "most runniest runner" was Andrew PANTELI on 204 parkruns, but there were 14 other members of the 100 Club and 28 members of the 50 Club. Only two milestones were achieved today: Kelly ROUND joined the 50 Club, and I joined the 100 Club.
The 101st finisher today was Alan JONES who has run at Penrose more often than anyone else, an amazing 149 times out of a possible 180. Well done Alan, that's commitment!!
We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.
Mark Pinney (A2522444)
This week 224 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Liz PRADY • Janna EYRE • Lucy YEOMANS • Derrick FRANTZ • Clare HUGHES • Chris HUGHES • Andrea HUNT • Shane ORCHARD • Verity BATEMAN • Mark PINNEY • Anna LOGAN • Finn PERHAM • Jess WHITEHOUSE • Simon BAKER • Marianne MOSS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Penrose parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Peter LE GRICE who recorded a time of 14:57 on 18th March 2017 (event number 103).
The female record is held by Grace BROCK who recorded a time of 17:19 on 16th December 2017 (event number 141).
The Age Grade course record is held by Emma STEPTO who recorded 93.43% (17:31) on 25th August 2018 (event number 178).
Penrose parkrun started on 28th March 2015. Since then 7,164 participants have completed 30,039 parkruns covering a total distance of 150,195 km, including 6,538 new Personal Bests.