There have been a good number of 100s recently but today’s was particularly special. Very regular volunteer Marie APPLETON not only ran for the 100th time but she also volunteered for the 100th time at QE. In a moment we’ll look at what that means, but to the results.
105 people ran, walked and chattered in the dry weather around Queen Elizabeth country park this morning. The mud of the last few weeks has dried somewhat and the top of the small loop just muddy rather than lethal. There were parts of the downhill that felt particularly wonderful. An amazing small team of 11 volunteers put parkrun on this morning – and for the first time in a while, didn’t look as if they were going to freeze or sink into the mud without trace.
The visiting North family
A good welcome for the seven people who came to parkrun for the very first time – hopefully you found the café and the hot chocolate and different people to chat with. Do come back again and say hello. Well done for the three 2nd timers and to the two QE parkrunners running for the third time both at parkrun and QE. There are flatter parkruns out there!
The difference in the quality of the mud – sticky rather than lethal – meant that the PB quota was up with 10 new PBs today. As yet no one has run 20:18 this year which is a shame but three runners managed to get the run number: 249 in their results. Steve MCLEAN 23.49, Jamie HARLEY 24:49 and Tessa BRIGGS 26:49. The challenge is set for next week.
Andrea BUDDEN, Marie APPLETON and Katie CLARKE
Let us return to the celebration and the numbers that Dwayne BARTRAM came up with for his RD speech today. It is very possible to run and volunteer and volRUNteering roles include pre-event setup, run report writing and tail walking. They are all important roles, indeed, we can’t start without a tail walker, however, Marie has, within her 100 volunteer slots, volunteered to make parkrun happen instead of running on 93 different occasions, 42 of those as Run Director. She’s timed, handed out tokens and scanned hundreds of barcodes. She’s marshalled, given the first timers brief and kept us legal by tail walking. She’s come early and got all the signs out and even on one occasion written the run report. Marie isn’t an uber tourist, but has run at QE 76 times and at 14 different events which is pretty fab.
Saying well done and Happy 100th is such a delight (as is the cake afterwards) so here’s to lots more fun celebrations this year.
Run report by: Pippa WHITE
This week 105 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:
Marie APPLETON • James LEIGHTON • Kate HEFFER • Ivor MCQUAID • Dwayne BARTRAM • Beverley TUNE • Pippa WHITE • Karen SPARROW • Joanna GUY • Tracey MARTIN-MILLWARD • Natasha WHITE • John ROBERTS
The female record is held by Fay CRIPPS who recorded a time of 20:13 on 17th May 2014 (event number 53).
The male record is held by Alex TEUTEN who recorded a time of 16:11 on 2nd September 2017 (event number 229).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 83.38% (19:45) on 10th June 2017 (event number 217).
Queen Elizabeth parkrun started on 18th May 2013. Since then 4,265 participants have completed 19,310 parkruns covering a total distance of 96,550 km, including 3,120 new Personal Bests.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Queen Elizabeth parkrun Results Page.
We now have an online roster showing you the roles we need volunteers for - click here to view.
|In order to ensure that the event runs smoothly each week, we rely on volunteers. If you would like to help, we’d really appreciate it. All roles are simple and we offer full training in the use of the gadgets (stopwatches and barcode scanners). If you’d like to volunteer, please email email@example.com or sign the volunteer board on a Saturday morning. Thanks in advance.
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Further information on running with dogs can be found in the parkrun Dogs Policy.
Post-run meet up for food and beverages:
Please do join us in the cafe at the visitor centre for post-run refreshments and chat, an essential part of the parkrun experience.