Raphael Parkrun Report #168
It was an action-packed parkrun today, with yet another record smashed, some near misses and some other fantastic individual achievements. Before we get to those though, as many of you are aware, we had a couple of incidents in the park this morning, with one runner falling over as he finished his run, and also one of our marshals was taken ill. Firstly, and most importantly, other than some cuts and bruises the runner sustained, I understand that both runner and marshal are now ok, and we look forward to welcoming them both back once they have both fully recovered. Secondly, it was down the quick reactions of Adam Coals (today’s Run Director) and other volunteers, plus members of the Raphael Park run community that ensured that the appropriate medical support was on hand so quickly. Obviously, we never want to see anyone hurt, but great to see everyone drop everything to support those who need help.
Now, back to the run itself. Conditions were fantastic for running today, no wind or rain, and temperatures were in the high teens, so there was anticipation for a good number of PBs. Our runners didn’t disappoint. Out of the 225 runners (including 23 first timers), we saw 53 PBs (almost 1 in 4 runners). That is an amazing feat, especially given that last week UK wide, 16% of runners achieved a PB! Of those who did achieve a PB, there are two special names to call out today: Vincent Kavanagh, who has run 123 times at Raphael Park smashed his previous best by a massive 41 seconds. To provide some context to this achievement, Vincent recorded multiple PBs in his first 20 or so parkruns at Raphael, however, since then PBs have been more difficult to come by, so to achieve one and by such a margin is outstanding. Great work Vincent! Secondly, James Johnson who has run 61 times at Raphael Park achieved a PB, knocking 9 seconds off his previous best. Great running James, and although you didn’t know it at the time, you were a marker for me to follow, and even though there was no way I was going to catch you, you kept me pushing and helped me achieve a PB with the buggy. So, thanks for that!
The run itself was won by Ben Davis, who was nearly 3 minutes ahead of the 2nd placed runner. Ben was so close to achieving a PB, but was a few seconds outside this time, and 10 seconds off equalling the course record. Next time Ben!
There were a number of milestones today:
• Louise Mozzanica (VW45-49) reached the 25 volunteer milestone and can claim her purple t-shirt. Louise has volunteered in almost all roles available, including Run Director. She has also completed 104 parkruns, of which 102 have been run at Raphael Park.
• Kevin Ellis (VM35-39) completed his 100th parkrun and 21st at Raphael Park. He has run at 12 different parkruns and achieved 13 PBs, including 4 back to back at Raphael Park last year.
• Amy Stanley (JW11-14) completed her 50th parkrun and 49th at Raphael Park, running once at Harrow Lodge too. She has 9 PBs. She only started her parkrun account in July 2017, so she must have caught the parkrun ‘bug’, since by my counting, Amy hasn’t missed many weeks in the last year! Amy has also volunteered on 6 occasions.
• Ian Stanley (VM40-44) completed his 50th parkrun and 49th at Raphael Park, also running once at Harrow Lodge. He has 8 PBs including one today to mark his milestone (improving by 3 seconds). Ian also started his parkrun career back in July 2017, so, similar to Amy, also hasn’t missed many parkrun events. Ian has volunteered on 7 occasions.
• Andy Dean (VM50-54) also reached the red 50 milestone, running all of them at Raphael Park. He has an impressive 19 PBs so far, including 7 back to back.
• Daniel Elwood (SM30-34) completed his 50th parkrun and 48th at Raphael Park, with others at Harrow Lodge and Valentines. He has 16 PBs, and in the space of 18 months has improved his parkrun time by 4 minutes.
Ben Davis (SM18-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 15:37.
Paul Suett (VM40-44) of Dagenham 88 Runners was second over the line in 18:28 and achieved a PB.
David Bell (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:36 and achieved a PB.
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC was first (3rd overall) over the line in 18:30.
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) of Havering Athletics Club was second (8th overall) over the line in 19:14.
Joanne Reeves (VW40-44) of Havering ’90 Joggers was third (21st overall) over the line in 21:35.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC – 85.86% with a time of 18:30 (3rd overall).
Ben Davis (SM18-19) (Unattached) – 84.42% with a time of 15:37 (1st overall).
Linda Smith (VW60-64) (Unattached) – 82.44% with a time of 24:35 (72nd overall), and achieved a PB.
Did you Know?
We saw two age category records broken today.
Firstly, Summer Smith, in what is only her 2nd senior parkrun, smashed the JW10 record. In her first senior parkrun last month, she was only a few seconds outside the record. Today, she returned to run a PB and break the age category record by 20 seconds in a time of 24:31. Great running Summer.
Secondly, Emma Prideaux broke the VW45-49 category record. Emma is already the holder of the VW40-44 age category record, but today also become the holder of the VW45-49 category, running a time of 18:30, and knocking 2 minutes 21 seconds off Justine Putnam’s record.