Raphael Parkrun Report #199
Today, we welcomed a number of runners from neighbouring Brentwood parkrun, after their event had to be cancelled. Running on tarmac was probably a welcome relief given the recent wet weather. Despite the number of tourists, our attendance numbers were the lowest so far this year at 293. Maybe some of our regulars were resting for tomorrow’s Brentwood half, although I expect the more likely reason was the blustery conditions. “Blustery” is putting it mildly! In fact, we had an unwelcome guest in the form of Storm Hannah today, which made the course set-up challenging. I’m not sure if it was just me, but it seemed that no matter which direction I was running round the tennis court section, I seemed to be running into a head wind! However, this didn’t stop 31 runners recording a PB today. Great effort!
An extra special thank you goes to Sarah Foreman (our RD today) and her hardy bunch of volunteers, who braved the storm and ploughed on with their volunteering responsibilities regardless. It is worth reiterating what Sarah mentioned at the run briefing about staying to the paths and off the grass, especially on the way to the start after the briefing and on returning to the bandstand after finishing. The grass is getting particularly boggy after the recent downpours, and we don’t want our footfall to make things worse, or worse still, runners slipping and injuring themselves or others.
We have three milestones this week. Congratulations to Tim, Ray and Chris for being eligible to claim their red t-shirts.
• Tim Perceval-Broadfield completed his 50th run today, and 41st at Raphael park, also having run at Brentwood and Harrow Lodge. He has 5 PBs and has volunteered 21 times in various roles.
• Ray O’Brien also completed his 50th run and 50th at Raphael park, recording 4 PBs to date.
• Chris Hawkins reached his 50 milestone, having run 49 times at Raphael park and once at Basildon. Chris has 6 PBs to his name so far.
Luke Stringer (JM15-17) of Medway & Maidstone AC was first over the line in 18:33.
David Dickinson (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:40.
Fabrizio Stefanoni (VM45-49) of East London Runners was third over the line in 19:05.
Freya Long (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was first (14th overall) over the line in 21:17.
Laurella Noble (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (32nd overall) over the line in 22:50.
Tanya Camilleri-Smith (VW35-39) (Unattched) was third (40th overall) over the line in 23:32.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Freya Long (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club – 76.51% with a time of 21:17 (14th overall).
Peter Hobday (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 75.17% with a time of 19:56 (6th overall).
James Johnson (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 75.16% with a time of 20:16 (8th overall).
Did you Know?
Today’s first three positions were first timers to Raphael park. In addition, both male and female first positions were both juniors. Well done.