Run report by Chiran Paudyal
Walk, jog, run or volunteer in the fun run
A total of 381 people including children, teenagers, men and women of all age groups completed the 433rd Reading Park run on cloudy but warm Saturday. People of all abilities ran, jogged and walked the 5-kilometre beautiful Thames valley trail in between 16.59 to 45 minutes.
This was the 3rd park run in Thames side after 3 months in Dinton Pastures. Though cloudy, the weather was perfect for the run as the weather was neither cold nor too hot. This is a fun and pleasant run for healthy life style and socialising with people. Though this is not a competition, David McCoy was the first male finisher in 16.59 minutes while Gemma Buley was the first female finisher in 20.30 minutes.
Altogether 21 first timers and six people with over 300 runs to their name participated in Reading parkrun this week which is considered to be very beneficial for health. Walking ‘could save 37,000 lives a year' according to a report produced by the walking charity, Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support and was supported by Public Health England an agency of the Department of Health.
Parkrun, which is a voluntary initiative organised on regular basis on Saturday at 9 am, is free and fun and anyone can participate in any part of the UK and many other countries around the world. You can register for the park run through the following link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
People of all age, gender, geography and ethnicity are welcome at parkrun as a walker, jogger, runner or volunteer. Parkrun community welcomes the volunteers to organise the event.
This week 381 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 83 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Cheryl BOSHIER • Anthony EASTAWAY • Oliver USHER • Fergal DONNELLY • Jim ALCORN • Pam ALCORN • Sahan JINADASA • Nicola RANDALL • Jeremy WALL • Rich STARR • Helen POOL • Robin KINSMAN • Tracey HICKS • Robert PHILLIPS • Chiran PAUDYAL • Ivo PHILLIPS • David HODGKINSON • Jennifer HOLMES
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reading parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 17:22 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 280).
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 14:45 on 6th June 2015 (event number 282).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paula FUDGE who recorded 91.95% (20:43) on 30th April 2011 (event number 82).
Reading parkrun started on 12th September 2009. Since then 13,316 participants have completed 103,391 parkruns covering a total distance of 516,955 km, including 17,603 new Personal Bests.