It was a lovely morning for a run, with the sun out in the park - well, initially anyway! Today, we had 298 people complete the course, including 30 first timers, with many tourists and 19 runners completely new to parkrun. Welcome to you all and hope everyone enjoyed yourselves. Sixty-four of you most certainly did, having achieved PBs this week. A few of our regulars with 50+ runs under their belts were part of this week’s PB list. As we know, PBs are often hard to come by after a while! Well done to Christopher King for breaking 19 minutes for the first time, and Danny Holeyman for shaving 2 seconds off his previous best.
As always, a huge thank you goes to all our volunteers. Sharon (our Run Director this week) and her team did an amazing job, ensuring we all stayed safe and avoided the fishermen, who are back after the close season. We could do with some more volunteers over the coming weeks, so please put your name down on the list in the bandstand or e-mail in firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am calling out the milestones from the past two weeks since I was unable to write a run report last week.
Milestones from this week:
• Joseph Grange (JM10) reached the junior 10 milestone this week, having completed 3 runs at Raphael Park, and others are Barking, Harrow Lodge, Hackney Marshes, Brentwood and Valentines. He also has completed 55 junior parkruns. He has 16 PBs in total, 4 at senior level (including one today) and has volunteered 5 times too.
• Stephen Cohen (VM55-59) completed his 50th parkrun, having run all of them at Raphael Park. He has 8 PBs and has improved his time by almost 4 minutes since his first parkrun.
• John Honyben (VM55-59) completed his 100th parkrun and 46th at Raphael Park, 45 at Harrow Lodge and 9 at Wanstead Flats. He has 13 PBs and has volunteered on one occasion too.
Milestones from 9 June
• Matthew Bowles (JM15-17) completed his 10th parkrun, all run at Raphael Park. He has 3 PBs, including equaling his PB of 17:40 on his milestone run.
• Linda Smith (VW60-64) completed her 50th parkrun and 6th at Raphael Park. She has also run at Harrow Lodge, Barking, and further afield at parkruns in Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia. She has 18 PBs and has volunteered on 5 occasions.
• Claire Perry joined the purple t-shirt club this week, having completed her 25th volunteer stint. Claire has undertaken most tasks at parkrun and we very much appreciate her efforts!
• Just a reminder that on 30 June, Harold Wood Running Club are taking over Raphael parkrun once again, and this time they are putting on a pacer event too. So, please add the date to your diary, and let the pacers help you to your next PB! Also, if you want to be a pacer, just e-mail in to see which time slots still need filling (it is not restricted to only Harold Wood Running Club members).
• Also, to reiterate the point mentioned at the run briefing each of the past few weeks - under 11s must run with an adult. This is for safety reasons and spot checks are being conducted.
John Whitehead (SM25-29) of Havering Athletics Club was first over the line in 17:19 and achieved a PB!
Matthew Bowles (JM15-17) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:27 and achieved a PB!
John Barker (VM50-54) of Havering Athletics Club was third over the line in 17:49.
Sydney Foley (JW11-14) of Havering Athletic Club was first (20th overall) over the line in 19:58.
Madeline Barker (JW11-14) of Havering Athletics Club was second (31st overall) over the line in 21:12.
Rebecca Gray (SW25-29) of Hyde Park Harriers was third (36th overall) over the line in 21:40.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Findlay Mclaren (JM10) of Dagenham 88 Runners – 87.43% with a time of 18:42 (9th overall).
John Barker (VM50-54) of Havering Athletics Club – 84.10% with a time of 17:49 (3rd overall).
Joseph Grange (JM10) of Dagenham 88 Runners – 84.03% with a time of 18:47 (13th overall).
Did you Know?
I know parkrun is a run event rather than a race, but I can’t help but notice that the quality of the field at Raphael Park has got better recently. Part of this is through more regular running and the number of PBs we see each week. This week, for example, we had 20 runners post times of sub 20 minutes! In addition, many of us seniors are being put to shame by the juniors! Six of the first 20 runners were juniors. Well done to Matthew Bowles, Luke Chester, Bobby Dailly, Findlay Mclaren, Joseph Grange and Sydney Foley for such amazing runs. In fact, 4 of you are already mentioned in the results section above.
Also, if you read down to this section on my run report from 4 June, you will remember me mention Findley Mclaren. He is only 10, and that day he ran a time of 20:22. Well, since then he has posted two PBs, one last week of 19:43 and another one this week of an astonishing 18:42! And the latest PB is a Raphael Park JM10 age category record. Great running Findley.
It is absolutely fantastic to see the juniors doing so well at parkrun but as mentioned above it is essential that all under 11s run with a nominated adult within arms reach at all times in the run. Yes juniors - you may have to slow down for your adult! This non negotiable rule is in place to protect the junior runners as well as other runners and volunteers and is also an insurance requirement. It's also important to remember that parkrun is just that, a run, and those who take part should be doing so primarily for enjoyment. It goes without saying that we love (and want) to see everyone's smiling faces each week!