With Storm Brian hitting the headlines last night and this morning, it was surprising it wasn’t more windy at our parkrun today. There was a definite breeze and some gusts during the run, but nothing to the extent that was forecast. The short rain shower didn’t affect the spirits of our hardened runners either, although with PB’s notably short of the norm, the weather obviously played a part.
Today was our 127th parkrun, and 180 people took part. We welcomed 10 first timers and had amazing support from our 23 volunteers. As mentioned, PB’s were down this week, but 22 of you still managed a PB despite the unfavourable conditions. In fact, Calum Ashcroft, Jason Cronin, Lee Henry and Matthew Hyam have all recorded back to back PB over the past two weeks, and Samantha Shea now has three consecutive PB’s in as many weeks.
We had one milestone this week. Congratulation to Paul Symes who has now joined the ‘50 club’. Paul has run 48 times at Raphael Park and once each at Sailsbury and Winchester park runs. His first park run event was in August 2016, so he has reached this 50 milestone very quickly! He has 18 PB’s and has volunteered on one occasion too.
Since I missed last week’s event, there was no run report from me, but the two milestones from last week haven’t gone unnoticed:
Conor Bannon completed his 50th parkrun last week, and 30th at Raphael Park. He has run at 6 other park runs, including in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. He has 11 PBs and has volunteered three times.
Luke Soulsby also reached his 50 milestone last week, having run 43 times at Raphael Park, 6 times at Harrow Lodge and once at Clacton. He has 11 PBs, and has finished first at our park run on one occasion.
Robbie COOMAN (SM25-29) of Havering Athletic Club, was first over the line in 18:25 - 15th time in 58 appearances.
Lachezar NIKOLOV (VM45-49) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:39.
Chris GOLDSMITH (SM30-34) of The Salvation Army, was third over the line in 19:31 - was first to finish once before.
Morgan CAMPBELL (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:39 - 16th time in 20 appearances.
Inga HAYDEN-COOPER (VW50-54) (Unattached) was second (27th overall) over the line in 23:11 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Sophie APPS (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (40th overall) over the line in 24:39 - was first to finish once before.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Tom DAVIES (VM55-59) – 78.89% for the time 19:49 (6th overall).
Lachezar NIKOLOV (VM45-49) – 76.59% for the time 18:39 (second overall).
Ethan BRIEN (JM10) – 75.87% for the time 21:33 (15th overall).
Did you know?
You may have seen the random stat in Parkrun UK Newsletter this week. If not, here it is: ‘Last weekend, 25% of the 13,637 people volunteering at UK parkrun events also walked, jogged or ran a parkrun over the weekend’. This proves that volunteering does not mean you have to miss out on completing your parkrun for the week. I wondered if a similar percentage applied to our parkrun. After some digging into this weekend’s results and volunteers, the answer is yes . . . 6 of our 23 volunteers (26%) also walked, jogged or ran today.