It's PB time !
We were greeted this morning with a light shower just before 9.00, and a huddle of runners took shelter around the old bowling green hut. Thankfully the shower passed as quickly as it appeared and did not dampen the high spirits of everyone attending. We welcomed an incredible 35 first timers this morning, some of whom were graduates from the latest Couch 25K group supported by Kingston upon Hull Athletic Club. Once again their mentors were very much in support to guide the newbies along and offer loads of encouragement. Looking through the results I notice a good quantity of runners with 2 parkruns recorded against their names, suggesting they made their parkrun debut last week and came back for more this week. Many of them also had those 2 letters alongside their time which we all love - PB. We hope this will be the start of many parkrun journeys, either at Peter Pan or further afield.
In support of NHS70, last week's kind donations raised £100 for local charity WISHH (Working Independently for Hull & East Riding Hospitals), as well as a huge quantity of bags of boiled sweets which were gratefully received at Castle Hill Hospital's Oncology Dept.. These are passed to patients who have undergone chemotherapy, which leaves an unpleasant metallic taste in the mouth. Thank you to everyone who supported this, as well as acknowledging the work of NHS staff by wearing NHS colours of blue and white or dressed up as medics.
The predominant colours this morning were blue and purple; the finishers from last week's Hull 10K and Hull Half Marathon were proudly wearing their new t shirts. Not present with us today, but regulars at Peter Pan; Sophie Lee finished in 3rd place in the womens' 10K and Mike Potter was 5th in the Half Marathon and first local runner. Congratulations to you both, and to everyone who took part especially those who completed their very first 10K last Sunday for which weekly parkruns has been their catalyst.
Prior to setting everyone on their way, we congratulated the latest batch of milestone runners. Sarah Fawcett was about to start her 50th parkrun, and was sporting probably the largest 50 balloon I've ever seen, kindy provided by her friends. Simon Downs and Caroline Hastie both were embarking on parkrun number 100 and received huge applause as well known regulars at Peter Pan. Simon had amazingly set off early this morning and clocked a half marathon (including the ominous 'Cardiac Hill' at Barton) before his parkrun. Caroline is one of the most popular runners, very supportive and always has a smile on her face. I notice we have a host of milestones in forthcoming weeks and we certainly like to acknowledge these achievements at Peter Pan. Once again we had a table full of cake treats at the scanning area !. Thank you everyone.
On the not such good news front, Bob Thomson our regular First Timer Briefer fell during a race in the Shetlands last week, 500 meteres from the finish line. He was assisted to complete the race and still won his age category (M80+). Sadly the fall resulted in a fractured hip and some time in the local hospital. He should be returning home next week by ferry and a few train journeys. We've managed to fill a couple of Get Well cards with all your good wishes which will be arriving at Bob's house very soon. We wish Bob a speedy recovery.
Although a little warm after the shower passed by, running conditions seemed perfect today, with many PBs being recorded. Congratulations to all of you doing so and rather than list all 48 PBs I'll just a pick out a few of them with some comments. Paul OSBORNE improved by 22 seconds and his first PB since 18/11/17 and this was after running the Sledmere Sunset 10K Trail the previous night. But keeping it in the family Paul's Dad, Phillip OSBORNE also improved by 1 min 58. Andy DAVEY recorded his first PB since 29/07/17 with a 7 seconds improvement recording 23.17. Margeret TAYLOR achieved a 2 second improvement, and has recorded 9 PBs in her 15 runs so far, on the occasions when she hasn't this been through performing the tail walker role or helping others round the course. Amanda BARR knocked a whopping 33 seconds off her time and has had a PB in 5 out of her last 6 runs. Well done to everyone.
It's always pleasurable to see parents bringing their children along to run with them at parkrun. Diane PICKERING brought along her daughter Claire to make her parkrun debut, Kerry BLOUNT was running with daughter Jessica and son Joshua who was also making his first parkrun. Sharron WILLEY was alongside Emily, Hayley WATSON was running with Lily, Andrea and Amy LEAK were running together, Paul and Alexander JOHNSON crossed the line together, as did Nick and Brandon FRERE. Further proof that parkrun is a great way to exercise regularly with the family and, of course, it's free and available every week !.
We concluded today with a Peter Pan Cake Off competition in The Pelton Cafe. The competition was judged by the chef from Makro's cafe and her daughter. James of the Peleton Cafe decided that all 3 cakes were so good that all were declared winners and the bakers, Barbara Wesson, Lynda Burton, and Shirley Goy, will all be enjoying an afternoon tea for two at a time of their choice. Fellow parkrunners were able to enjoy a slice of cake as they were kindly sliced and shared. I can declare that they were most enjoyable, backed up by the comments of James. Watch out for a potential follow up in the future.
Thanks again to our super volunteer team of David J BELL • Graham COOK • Gavin BETTS • Olivia BETTS • Simon KING • Linda DODSWORTH • Rob NEWTON • Rachel WHITE • Liz PHILLIPS • Paul RHODES • Sarah ROWLAND • Andy GOY • Keith BALDRY • Jasmine THOMPSON • Martin GOY. Remember we always welcome volunteers new and old to give it a try.
Happy running and see you next week.