There were 341 runners at Event 246 on a crisp sunny spring morning with 31 first timers. The magnolia was out in the Japanese Garden as everyone ran past. Avenham really is a lovely park to be in on a Saturday morning. We can probably expect a good turnout next week after everyone has seen the London Marathon on TV.
Jessica Parry and Toby Glover joined the 10 club – well done and Jessica Watson celebrated her 10th with a new PB.
Gareth Booth came in 3rd today on his 50th parkrun, 25 of which have been at Preston.
Well done to Stan Barrow who joined the 100 club today. Stan has run 99 at Preston and his other one in San Francisco with all the family. This means 3 black 100 t-shirts in the Barrow family now as he joins his Mum, Paula, who has run 112 parkruns and his Dad, Andrew, who has run 103 parkruns. We will need a picture of them all when Stan’s t-shirt arrives! Stan’s older brother ran with him and Grandma and Grandad came along with balloons to support him.
We only seemed to have one tourist today – a lady from Poland who has run with us before. We didn’t have a photographer today so not many pics – fancy volunteering?
That bell is getting lots of wear and tear as 82 people got PBs this week! – we didn’t get many photos of the PB bell ringing this week so please upload them to our facebook page or to Flickr if you managed to get pics!
Aysha Desai got another new PB and was very happy about it!
Davina got 26 minutes exactly with her new PB – sub 26 soon Davina? Excellent running
Angela Tranter got another PB – Fantastic!
Parkrun does not happen without its volunteers!
Congratulations to Sean Sweeney on his inaugural outing as Run Director. The plan is to have more trained Run Directors then the role can be shared out. If you would be interested in becoming involved, please ask!
Thank you to: Rachel BALLARD, Lynn BROWN, Robert BROWN, Chris BROWN, Robert Ian CALDERBANK, Max CROFT, Warren CROOK, D W GASKELL, Joseph GAUGHAN, Lindsay GAUGHAN, Carole HEATON, Stuart HORROCKS, Ashraf M KAZEE, Jim MCLEAN, Dawn MCLEAN, Jenna STOUT, Sue STOUT, Emma SWEENEY, Sean SWEENEY, Andrew John TRANTER, Andy WHALEY and Sue WICKHAM.
If you would like to be a volunteer in the future head over to our volunteer page to find out how you can get involved.
And don't forget...
And now for the stats...
Event number 246
22nd April 2017
This week 341 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 82 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Preston parkrun results page.
Robert AFFLECK (VM45-49) of Preston Harriers, was first over the line in 16:20 - second time in 3 appearances.
Christopher TULLY (VM35-39) of Salford Harriers and AC, was second over the line in 16:41 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Gareth BOOTH (VM45-49) of Horwich RMI Harriers, was third over the line in 18:03 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Michelle HOOK (SW25-29) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first (30th overall) over the line in 20:56 - first time in 4 appearances.
Sarah BALL (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (39th overall) over the line in 21:54.
Alison THOMSON (SW25-29) of Riversway Roadrunners, was third (41st overall) over the line in 21:55.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Robert AFFLECK (VM45-49) – 86.84% for the time 16:20 (first overall).
Davina BOWLING (VW65-69) – 84.23% for the time 26:00 (133rd overall).
Robert Ian CALDERBANK (VM65-69) – 81.75% for the time 21:06 (31st overall).
The female record is held by Becky RIGBY who recorded a time of 00:17:21 on 15th April 2017 (event number 245).
The male record is held by Andy BENSON who recorded a time of 00:15:35 on 6th August 2016 (event number 210).
The Age Grade course record is held by Marian HESKETH who recorded 92.30% (21:38) on 3rd December 2016 (event number 225).
Preston parkrun started on 12th May 2012. Since then 6,721 participants have completed 49,238 parkruns covering a total distance of 246,190 km, including 10,175 new Personal Bests.