Having missed a couple of weeks at Raphael parkrun, I returned today and am back with the run report. Despite being away, I still managed to get my ‘parkrun fix’ on the tourist trail . . . more on that in the fun facts section!
Today was a great morning for a run, although it might not have felt that way as you stepped outside and wondered if you should go back and put that extra layer on! Despite the weather being a bit on the fresh side, it was dry and there was no wind, so after a good warm-up, it was perfect conditions for a run.
Today we welcomed 270 runners, joggers and walkers. There were also 29 first timers to Raphael park, which included a number of tourists and 15 completing their first ever parkrun.
Firstly, a huge thank you to Jonathan Parsons (our Run Director today) and the rest of his team of volunteers. It was fantastic to see a total of 32 volunteers all cheering us on as we ran past. If you have the energy to shout out your appreciation to them on your way round, please do. It means a lot.
The good conditions boded well for PB hunters, and you certainly didn’t disappoint - 74 in total, which isn’t far short of the numbers we see on pacer weeks! Well done to everyone who got a PB. Today’s special PB mention goes to James Johnson who is in the form of his life at the moment. Today was his 70th parkrun at Raphael park (105th parkrun) and he achieved yet another PB. That is 6 out of his last 10 parkruns. James, the next PB has to start with a ‘1’
There were a couple of milestones today. Well done to Jonathan and Shelagh.
- Jonathan Cole (VM45-49) completed his 100th parkrun today, having run all of them at Raphael park. He started parkrunning back in May 2015 and has three PBs.
- Shelagh Buckley (VW45-49) completed her 50th parkrun, also running all 50 at Raphael park. She hasn’t missed many parkruns since started out in July 2017, and has achieved three PBs too.
We were also joined by David Drury and Robert Butlin who both became London regionnaires, meaning they have now completed all 53 parkruns in the Greeter London region. We feel very honoured that they both chose Raphael to complete this amazing achievement – great minds clearly think alike!
Joe Warren (VM35-39) of Havering Tri was first over the line in 17:58 and achieved a PB.
Richard Morris (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:20 and achieved a PB.
Nigel Swinburne (VM35-39) of Lonely Goat RC was third over the line in 18:40.
Deborah Coyle (VW40-45) of Havering Tri was first (13th overall) over the line in 19:54 and achieved a PB.
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was second (16th overall) over the line in 20:25.
Amelia King (JW11-14) of Chelmsford AC was third (28th overall) over the line in 21:38 and achieved a PB.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Matilda Canty (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club– 79.76% with a time of 20:25 (16th overall).
Deborah Coyle (VW40-45) of Havering Tri – 77.89% with a time of 19:54 (13th overall) and achieved a PB.
Amelia King (JW11-14) of Chelmsford AC– 76.89% with a time of 21:38 (28th overall), and achieved a PB.
Did you Know?
As mentioned earlier, I had been on the tourist trail the last two weeks, and today’s fun fact is from Eden Project parkrun that I ran at last weekend. It is a relatively new parkrun (46 events to date), in a lovely setting in the Cornwall countryside, run completely on paths (so buggy friendly) but unfortunately dogs are not allowed. This is due to the parkrun taking place in Eden Project itself (which doesn’t allow entry to dogs). The run starts in the carpark, then into the park, completing two and three-quarter undulating laps inside the park, and finishes between the two biomes. It is a very friendly parkrun community which welcomes a high percentage of tourists each week. This is due in part to the fact that parkrunners and volunteers can continue to wander round Eden Project at their leisure after completing their run. There is also a big airy café to grab a post run breakfast and/or coffee.