Run Report #250

Peterborough parkrun reaches 250…
… and gets its own little green milestone T-shirt.

A little delayed due to the snow a couple of weeks back, but we finally got there; and what a lovely spring parkrun morning it was too. 477 took to the course to enjoy the milder conditions, including 35 completing their first ever parkrun, and for a further 5 it was their first parkrun at Peterborough. Welcome to you all, we hope that you enjoyed yourself and look forward to seeing you again.

It was nothing new though for Alan CONDON, Charlene ELLIOTT, Claire BLANCHFORD, Dexter BOLE, Helena ROSE, Ian VALLANCE, Jacqui SMITH, Louise TESLOFF, Luke CLIFFORD, Mark MORRIS, Michael BLACKLEDGE, Neil PLANT, Paul ATHERFOLD, Peter BRANTOM, Phil BARNES, Sarah BROWN, Shane GOLDSMITH and Simon James FELL, all of whom completed both parkrun #1 and #250; and not forgetting Nilesh PATEL, there at the beginning but a hi-viz hero this week.

Personal Bests
In almost perfect conditions an amazing 81 personal bests were recorded. Too many to mention individually, but from the parkrun 100 club, showing practice makes perfect …

Pos parkrunner Time Age Cat Age Grade Gender Pos Club Total Runs
22 Amelia DEVINE 20:54 JW11-14 76.40% F 3 Yaxley Runners & Joggers 132
55 Andy SAVAGE 22:52 VM55-59 67.20% M 51 Yaxley Runners & Joggers 118
87 Maya PATEL 24:30 JW15-17 62.45% F 12 124
126 Andrew J LEE 25:49 VM35-39 52.10% M 110 104
154 Sarah BIRD 26:46 VW45-49 61.15% F 23 Eye Community Runners 129
303 Joy WARRENER 31:32 VW45-49 50.85% F 78 The Salvation Army 129
317 S CLIFFORD 32:04 VW45-49 49.53% F 88 120
388 Ray WATSON 35:11 VM65-69 49.55% M 256 110

Whilst no-one was able to join the 250 club with us today, Maxwell ORR (JM10) joined the parkrun 10 club for juniors; Ann Elizabeth LANGDALE, Paul BARNES and Lee JONES joined the parkrun 50 club, Cornelia WAYMOUTH joined the parkrun 100 club and Gina CRANE joined the volunteers 25 club – Congratulations to you all.
Don’t be shy now - if it’s your birthday or you’ve got a milestone to celebrate then let us all celebrate with you, borrow a sash from the Volunteer Coordinator and let the Run Director know for a shout out.

The results
Leading the way for the men was a trio from Peterborough AC, with Phil MARTIN first for the 28th time with 16:34; followed by Kirk BRAWN, first once previously, with a PB time of 17:08; and Jon PEET also with a PB of 17:20.

1 Phil MARTIN 16:34 VM35-39 80.58% M 1 Peterborough AC
2 Kirk BRAWN 17:08 VM40-44 80.25% M 2 Peterborough AC
3 Jon PEET 17:20 VM40-44 78.75% M 3 Peterborough AC

For the ladies, Jordan FOSTER (NVH) was first for the 9th time with PB of 18:06 (5th overall), Ellie SWIRE (Cambridge and Coleridge AC), 17 times previously first, was second (13th overall) in 19:57 followed by Amelia DEVINE (Yaxley Runners & Joggers) 3 times previously first, third (22nd overall) also with a PB of 20:54.

5 Jordan FOSTER 18:06 SW25-29 81.77% F 1 Nene Valley Harriers
13 Ellie SWIRE 19:57 SW25-29 74.19% F 2 Cambridge and Coleridge AC
22 Amelia DEVINE 20:54 JW11-14 76.40% F 3 Yaxley Runners & Joggers

The highest age grades (over 80%) were recorded all in the leading group by:
Jordan FOSTER 18:06 SW25-29 81.77%
Phil MARTIN 16:34 VM35-39 80.58%
Tim WIGLEY 18:58 VM50-54 80.32%
Kirk BRAWN 17:08 VM40-44 80.25%

Just the 34 “Unknown’s” this week, either because the parkrunner chose not get scanned, were not registered, or just forgot their barcode #DFYB.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:
Gina CRANE • Nilesh PATEL • Peter BRANTOM • Tony KING • Ian DAVIES • Simon KING • Martin SHELBOURNE • Phil MARTIN • Paul STEVENETTE • Daniella KEMPSON • Charlotte EDWARDS • Sarah WILLIAMS • Penny ROWE • Peter RIDLEY • Sue RIDLEY • Roy YOUNG • Jeff BEEVER • Nikunj PATEL • Billy SLAVEN • Lorna YOUNG • Laura WILKINSON • Michelle COOPER • Adam MONEY • Dianne BOOTH • Sophie SPITTLE • James SELLS • Sarah-Jane GILL • Caroline SEFTON • Trevor GORDON • Richard TAYLOR • Steve LEE • Mia PURNELL • Nick WELFORD • Amanda HILL

A glorious day was made extra special for Run Director Ian Davies, when the watch times matched perfectly and with the tokens, there were no issues, and a lovely couple from Bristol, who frequently tour, said our parkrun was the best they’d done and the least boring course.

A special THANK YOU to all our volunteers. If you too would like to help then please email, or check out the “Peterborough parkrun volunteers” facebook page. If you’re not sure what positions are available then you can check the roster on for up to 6 weeks in advance. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.

See you all again next week.

Roy Young