Today was our first pacer event of the year and despite the weather being very unkind to us, it was a hugely successful event. Before going any further, I think all the volunteers deserve a massive round of applause for sticking it out in the cold and wet conditions (the rain was relentless throughout the run), so thank you to all of you, whatever role you supported in. The pacers did an amazing job as can be seen from the 56 new PBs this week.
It was no surprise given the weather conditions, that attendance numbers were down this week but we have a hardy bunch of regulars, so although today’s attendance of 278 was our lowest this year so far, it was still our 3rd highest overall attendance! On that note, we broke a third record in as many weeks; this time in terms of volunteer numbers. I know we obviously require more volunteers at pacer weeks, but we have held a number of these events now, so great to see a record 37 volunteers today. We had pacers covering each minute from 21-32 minutes, and also pacers for 35 and 38 minutes, so extensive coverage for most of us to aim for our goals.
Not only did we have 56 PBs this week, but we also had 13 runners achieve back to back PBs in consecutive weeks. A special mention goes to Michael Leachman, who has had a great start to the year, with a PB in all three of his runs at Raphael Park this year.
We have one milestone to celebrate this week. Congratulations to Calum Ashcroft (JM10) who has completed 10 parkruns, all at Raphael Park and is now eligible to claim his white milestone t-shirt. Well done Calum! He has achieved 5 PBs (including 3 in a row) and has improved his time from an initial 34 minutes to a best of just over 27 minutes. Very impressive!
Barry Smith (VM35-39) of Havering Athletic Club was first over the line in 18:19.
Kieran O’Hara (SM18-19) of Havering Athletic Club was second over the line in 18:25 and achieved a PB.
Daniel Elwood (SM30-34) of Havering ’90 Joggers was third over the line in 19:08.
Morgan Campbell (SW25-29) (Unattached) was first (8th overall) over the line in 19:29.
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was second (16th overall) over the line in 20:45 and achieved a PB.
Leanna Romano (VW30-34) (Unattached) was third (57th overall) over the line in 23:34 and achieved a PB.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club – 80.16% with a time of 20:45 (16th overall) and a achieved a PB.
Ethan Brien (JM10) (Unattached) – 76.76% with a time of 21:18 (23rd overall) and achieved a PB.
Jason Syrett (VM50-54) of Thurrock Harriers AC – 76.29% with a time of 19:20 (6th overall).
Did you know?
We all know our pacers were amazing today, with all of them pacing very well. Looking at the results there were a lots of runners finishing a few seconds either side of the pacer time achieving PBs, so the pacer obviously helped. In terms of most accurate pacing, both Tony Rawson and Nicola Coles were only one second off their set pacer time, although the others were also very close.
- Mark Fowler