Welcome to 2014

Poole parkrun
Event number 147
4th January 2014

Well that has to be the wettest Poole parkrun ever.

Having been called into work early morning I decided to go straight to Poole park an hour earlier than normal in pretty thunderous conditions.

The cycle track had flooded beyond its normal high tide level! which meant we had to use the  secondary course , as I'm sure the puddle would of been over young Jasmine's head!

Hadn't figured on the floods covering pretty much the whole course... big puddles at Twemlow, flooded paths alongside the railway lines and to cap it all a pretty spectacular cloudburst at 9am... Well done all of you for taking part, and also to Roger for selflessly taking the first dunk in the lake and his impromptu swim in the puddle afterwards!

At this point would like to really, really thank our fantastic volunteers, if running in those conditions is tough, so is standing with a clipboard, watch, scanner or tokens in your hand, or marshalling  water dripping off of your nose, soaked beyond your underwear !! There was no word of complaint and  really good gallows humour from the crew who did  a fantastic job, which is what we get every single week..... So from the Poole parkrun team we would like to sincerely thank every one of you that has volunteered for any of our runs, whatever the conditions.


What a fantastic year

January started with Sarah taking over the event director hot seat and she has done a fantastic job.

The highest previous attendance at the start of 2013 was 321, this was quickly surpassed on the first run of 2013 with 393 runners and went on to peak at an incredible 578 mid august, which makes us arguably the 2nd largest parkrun, behind the spiritual home of parkrun Bushy park

We managed to get through the  winter months with no cancellations despite everything the elements could through at us, snow, ice and floods (wonder when they would come back!) this did lead to a couple a different course arrangements.

The 100th run was ticked off in February, quickly followed by our Where's Wally themed anniversary run, further themed run's were 118-118, on our 118th run of course, Zombie run at Halloween, a goodbye to British summer time, bright clothes run and our really well supported seasonal dress Christmas runs.

We had Four pacing events through the year and a couple of reverse course runs.. hopefully our briliant pacers helped you to a new Pb, these were super popular and had massive attendances.

Many of our parkrunners either helped of took part in the inaugural Bournemouth marathon and helped at other local events and races.

We had a variety of people coming forward to compile the weekly news which offered tremendous variety and were treated with Keith's continued poetry.

As always some fantastic volunteering contributions, including a junior led parkrun in July.

Volunteering is a one of the elements of the valued Duke of Edinburgh awards, we currently have 4 young people doing their volunteering with us, Lara, Sam, Beth and Ella, with Sarah starting this week. We do appreciate this support.

Sister events at Bournemouth and Weymouth started late summer, some involvement  as parkrun ambassador (grand title, no Ferrero rocher!) alongside Ade and his team at Bournemouth and Michael/ Lindsay and team at Weymouth. both are great events which a number of you have visited.

A rumoured new parkrun to the north of us might come to fruition this year and is currently seeking the "Way" forward

The growth of parkrun means that it is possible to combine trips with running. Prolific parkrun tourists  Rex, Annabel and Grahame have travelled throughout the country visiting other runs, Other runners have travelled to America, across continental Europe and Australia to get their parkrun fix... ( And probably do other things as well!)

We would love to hear of your visits away

One of best things about parkrun is the community spirit and we willed Steve to triumph in the 100km world championship, but were equally part of Amanda's sub 40 min Pb in November. Getting out there and doing it, is what it is all about.

Lorraine's hen weekend included a  run with suitable attire and balloons... We haven't had a parkrun proposal yet... maybe this year!

Thank you to Sweatshop for our monthly prize awards and all the sponsors of parkrun such as Pru health and London marathon for their continued support.

It is also great to see the run being increasingly populated by White, Red and Black parkrun tee-shirts  generously supplied by Adidas.

So goodbye to a great 2013 and welcome a successful and healthy 2014

This weeks stats

Men's placings:
Jon SHARKEY (SM30-34) of Bournemouth AC, was first over the line in 17:21 - 7th time in 25 appearances.
Leif CHANDLER (SM20-24) of Poole Runners, was second over the line in 17:30 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
David BROADLEY (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:38.

Women's placings:
Joanna WADSWORTH (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (25th overall) over the line in 20:28 - third time in 16 appearances.
Vicki INGHAM (SW25-29) of Poole Runners, was second (43rd overall) over the line in 21:20.
Lesley MOORE (VW35-39) of Poole AC, was third (47th overall) over the line in 21:44 - has been first to finish on 16 previous occasions.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Simon WAY (VM45-49) was graded 79.04% for the time 18:22 (5th overall).
Gavin CLEGG (VM55-59) was graded 76.97% for the time 20:29 (26th overall).
David John NICHOLSON (VM45-49) was graded 76.87% for the time 18:44 (8th overall).

This week there were 373 runners, of whom 29 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

Poole parkrun started on 2nd April 2011, and since then 5,984 different runners, including participants from 357 athletics clubs, have completed 42,554 runs covering a total distance of 212,770 km, and there have been 9,319 new Personal Bests.