What has writing a run report got in common with going 'Up Pomphrey'? Doesn't matter how many times you do it, it never becomes easy! But at least I can do the run report inside in the dry and warm!
One of the things I love about parkrun is that it brings different people together. I got talking to a new runner who had just done his first ever 5km. He mentioned how hard it was going 'Up Pomphrey' and my mind was taken back to my early runs at Pomphrey Hill. When I first ran at Pomphrey, attendance was less than 100 people and going 'Up Pomphrey' meant sliding around in the mud, desperate to find any line that didn't make you feel like Bambi on ice! Having regular supplies of wood chips has certainly made a big difference.
In the last 4 years, several things have changed at Pomphrey Hill. The Hill has become less muddy, the start/finish area have moved. People have come and gone. Attendance increased. But some things will never change. parkrun will always be free. parkrun is for everyone. The only thing you need to do is follow the golden rule! No barcode, no time, no exception. Even when the course record was broken, no barcode, no time!
It is the things that stay the same that are important about parkrun and make it so special. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are, parkrun is for everyone. Hopefully the seven people who did their very first parkrun felt welcome and will be the first of many parkruns. Well done Olivia Mears, Bella Cox, Victoria Butterfield, Lily-Mae Luxton, Stephanie Turney Sophie Allen & Kevin Rickerby. The weather may not improve for a while but you did it! Welcome to the parkrun family, hope this is the first of many.
The community that has built up around parkrun means no matter where you are, there is generally a parkrun nearby. Ten people come to Pomphrey Hill from their home parkrun for the first time. I hope you were made to feel just as welcome here as at your normal parkrun. If you haven't tried another parkrun, give it a go!
It's a run, not a race is a core belief of parkrun. It's not about beating other people, it's about pushing yourself. Doesn't matter who you are or your ability, you can always run against yourself. This week, seventeen people managed to get personal bests. Impressive considering the wind!
One of the special things about parkrun is reaching a milestone. Milestones in parkrun are rewarded with a special T-shirt. This week Hannah Dyer did her 50th parkrun so reaches her first milestone. Her flapjacks were amazing. Thank you very much and congratulations! I like the different ways people choose to celebrate them. Everyone is different but in the eyes of parkrun, we are all equal.
Each week, a group of strangers come together to make sure parkrun happens each and every week up and down the country. I find it amazing that every week, people give up their free time, whatever the weather. I think a few people were thankful the weather forecast turned out to wrong! The round of applause for the high viz heroes during the run brief goes to show how grateful people are.
See you #UpPomphrey
Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 241
13th October 2018
This week 218 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Wayne ELLIS • Clare HORROCKS • Karen DYER • Janet JENKINS • Neil EVANS • Steven GRANT • Jenny DODD • Thelma GARNER • Pete BLANCHARD • Anna THOMAS • Vic GARNER • Ella BURCHILL • Sian HARRIS • Ris SCOTT • Daniel SMITH • Rosalind MCWILLIAMS • Alex SMITH • Stephen JENKINS • Rory EVANS • Lynsey MILES • Rosalyn CASTLE • Sarah ASHBY • Gayle WOOD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Nicola BROOKLAND who recorded a time of 18:17 on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).
Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 8,230 participants have completed 54,043 parkruns covering a total distance of 270,215 km, including 10,403 new Personal Bests.