Raphael parkrun Report #181
Today, we welcomed 271 runners, joggers and walkers to Raphael parkrun on what would be considered a mild day, given the time of year. Course conditions were generally good. It was dry with no noticeable breeze, although the course was slippery in places as the leaves have started to fall. This slipperiness is likely to be a trend that continues until the end of the year. We were joined by 14 first timers to parkrun, and a number of tourists, some from neighbouring parkruns but others from as far afield as Cork, Ireland. Hope you all enjoyed our park.
As always, a huge thank you goes to our volunteers. We had 22 volunteers support our event which was led by my wife, Joyce Tan, our run director for today’s event. This was Joyce’s first time as run director (and possibly parkrun’s youngest assistant run director, our 9-month daughter, who was loving it in the sling)! Joyce did a fantastic job, along with the rest of her team of volunteers, in ensuring our event ran smoothly. Thanks Joyce, for the lovely muffins to mark the occasion – they were delicious!
Today, 39 runners achieved a PB, slightly down on previous weeks, but hardly a surprise given how many PBs we have seen recently. This week’s special PB mention goes to Keith Harding, a regular Raphael parkrunner. He has run 103 times at Raphael park, so to achieve a another PB after 100+ runs at the same venue is a great achievement. Keith completed his first parkrun in approx. 32 minutes back in 2015. As many of us find, the PBs come thick and fast initially, and then it becomes much more difficult. Keith found the same, having improved his time to sub 25 minutes within a year, after which the PBs started becoming more elusive. Today was Keith’s first PB since June this year, during which he shaved one second off his previous best. Well done to Keith and everyone else who achieved a PB today.
There is one milestone to mention this week. This is Peter Phelps (VM55-59), who actually ran his 50th parkrun last week but unfortunately, didn’t have his barcode. Sorry Peter, but this is in line with parkrun rules ‘No barcode – No Result – No Exceptions’. At least you returned this week to reach your official 50th milestone, having run 47 times at Raphael park and three times at Harrow Lodge. Peter has achieved 14 PBs and volunteered on 5 occasions. Peter, despite not having your barcode last week, if you did time yourself, then you can still record your time as a ‘Freedom’ parkrun. More details on this in the Fun Facts section at the end of my report. Although freedom runs don’t count towards your milestones, they are recorded against your parkrun profile.
Richard Morris (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:14 and achieved a PB.
Paul Wyatt (VM45-49) of Havering Tri was second over the line in 18:20.
Tom Williams (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:42 and achieved a PB.
Gemma Southern (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (63rd overall) over the line in 24:24.
Gemma Ellender (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (71st overall) over the line in 25:06.
Jennifer Louden (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (73rd overall) over the line in 25:07 and achieved a PB.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Tom Davies (VM55-59) of RunFit Essex – 79.03% with a time of 19:57 (10th overall).
Paul Wyatt (VM45-49) of Havering Tri – 77.36% with a time of 18:20 (2nd overall).
Peter Hobday (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 75.29% with a time of 19:54 (9th overall).
Did you Know?
If you can’t wait until Saturday for parkrun, or you want to get some more training in during the week, parkrun Freedom runs are available to you! Parkrun Freedom runs provide the ability to record your time when you run one of the parkrun courses at any time.
To record a Freedom run, time yourself over the 5km course and log your time following the link in your weekly newsletter e-mail or one of your parkrun results to your parkrun profile page. Note, Freedom runs do not count towards your run total for milestones, however, the 100 most recent times are recorded on the parkrun Freedom page http://www.parkrun.org.uk/results/freedom/ for all to see, and will be visible on your parkrun profile page.