Poole parkrun #353
30th December 2017
Thank you to our regular timekeeper Nigel Harding, who's written us a super report about Saturdays run.
Ice in Alness, snow in Catterick. parkruns are going down like ninepins. Not just in ‘The Frozen North’ either - Winchester is iced off, Lymington is waterlogged. Will we manage our final parkrun of 2017?
We’re so lucky in Poole with our flat and speedy course, and an equable climate. The shelter of the Purbecks means there’s a bit of a breeze, but not a howling wind. Conditions are as good as we could hope for to see the old year out.
Karl Welch is quickly in front, bidding to cross the line first for the third time this month. Liam Openshaw in his green Dorset vest is second after the first circuit of the lake, but John Bassinder hasn’t reached three times the youngster’s age without learning pace judgement. He has turned the tables by the time they emerge from the trees.
Welch eases round the cycle track, yet still finishes almost half a minute ahead. Bassinder claims the best age grade of the day in second – an impressive 85%. Openshaw slips to fourth as Stewart McAndie surges into the finishing circuit, but rallies just as fifth and sixth are getting their hopes up.
Full marks to young Crawley AC visitor Nathan Buckridge who clocks a career best 18:04 in eighth place.
Serena O’Connor leads the women home for the 49th time at Poole. Her 19:35 is just enough to secure age-graded bragging rights over her mum, Gay, who is fifth lady with 22:21.
Camberley’s Amy Dove was second (20:41) with Jennifer Harvey, veteran by age, but a parkrun debutant, third in 21:02.
A few days after Christmas may not be the obvious times for personal best, but 41 relaxed and rested people managed one anyway.
Congratulations to Clive Hardy who completed his 250th Poole parkrun today, having earned his green T-shirt on Christmas Day. Mother and daughter Rachel and Lara Small rounded off a century of parkruns each by running round together. Ken Hunter also joined the 100 Club.
Paul Beer, Daniel Crowhurst and Carl Heffernan each reached the 50 parkrun milestone, while juniors Adam and Solly Abu-Ghaba, Anouk Adam-Amey, Sophie Dove and Lucy Gibbs all joined the 10 Club during this week.
Timekeeping is the ideal duty at year-end. While the runners stream across the line, I reflect on years past, pleased to see old rivals still enjoying their running. I also look forward to future years as youngsters mature and fulfil their potential.
Today’s visitors included: James Rose (Newent), Katherine Buckeridge (Clair), Daniel Ling and Louise Hill (Didcot), Marc Woodall (Nonsuch), John Stoneman (Great Notley), Catherine and Steven Barker (Grangemoor, Cardiff), Helen Jaques (South Manchester), Geoff and Lorna Astley (Long Eaton), Gary and Jacky O’Leary (Panshanger), Giles Clark (Jersey), James Blackburn (Heartwood Forest), Ann Thomas (Chelmsford Central), Mark Brady (Basingstoke), Helen Robberts (Rushclife) and Eileen Hillier (Huddersfield).
By far the most travelled, though, was Peter Wilson, an M75 from Tambourine Mountain parkrun in Queensland, who has run the past five parkruns with us. A few people may be looking forward to reciprocal visits in April when the Commonwealth Games is staged near his home run on The Gold Coast.
Poole parkrun #353 30th December 2017
This week 600 people completed the course. 25 were making their first ever parkrun and a further 38 were running at Poole for the first time. 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.
Al PIKE • Andrew PANTLAND • Andrew ROUSE • Andy ROBSON • Antoinette MCAULAY • Bessie-Rose PIKE • Bob WHITE • Carl BRITCHFORD • Caroline THOMAS • Colin SIMPSON • Dan DARCH • Daniella CHIU • Darryl WOOLLEY • David GRAHAM • David HEATH • David LITTLE • David RINTOUL • Dawn Teresa ASH • Dougal SHAKESPEARE • Ella RUBY • Gay O'CONNOR • Georgia HAZELL • Graham FILMER • Hannah DARCH • James FULLER • Jenny PLAYFORD • John IRONS • John ROWLAND • June STONE • Karen GREGORY • Kevin DWYER • Laura CORNWELL • Lesley MOORE • Louise BURRIDGE • Malachi PIKE • Martin MILLER • Matthew O'RILEY • Mel CARROLL • Mike CLEMSON • Mike CURE • Nicholas EVANS • Nicky TINSLEY • Nicola RUBY • Nigel HARDING • Olivia HALDERTHAY • Paul J BARNETT • Paul WILSHER • Rav SAINI • Ray NEWELL • Robert STONE • Sarah DURLEY-WHITE • Sarah KENWAY • Simon CRAWSHAY • Simon DUNK • Stuart BICKEL • Sylvia THOMAS • Vanessa SAXBY
Karl WELCH (SM30-34) of Bournemouth AC, was first over the line in 16:52 -.
23rd time in 49 appearances.
John BASSINDER (VM50-54) of Poole AC, was second over the line in 17:19 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Stewart MCANDIE (VM40-44) of Fulham RC, was third over the line in 17:34.
Serena O’CONNOR (SW18-19) of Poole Runners, was first (24th overall) over
the line in 19:35 – 49th time in 185 appearances.
Amy DOVE (JW16-17) of Camberley AC, was second (45th overall) over the line in 20:41.
Jennifer HARVEY (VW45-49), a first-time parkrunner, was third (57th overall) over the line in 21:02.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
John BASSINDER (VM50-54) – 85.18% for the time 17:19 (second overall).
David CARTWRIGHT (VM65-69) of Poole Runners – 82.54% for the time 20:54 (50th overall).
Jane NEAL (VW60-64) of Poole AC – 82.20% for the time 23:36 (139th overall, 12th Lady).
Poole parkrun started on 2nd April 2011. Since then 17,915 participants have completed 171,224 parkruns covering a total distance of 856,120 km, including 28,567 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Melissa COURTNEY who ran in a time of 16:15 on 24th December 2016 (event number 299).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 14:38 on 30th August 2014 (event number 181).
The Age Grade course record is held by Judy BIRD who recorded a 97.05% run (18:39) on 1st July 2017 (event number 326).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Poole parkrun Results Page.
The next pacing event at Poole will be on the 27th January, so put it in the diary and get training......