By Chiran Paudyal, photos by Kerry Eastwood
A total of 351 people of all age, gender and ability completed the 5 kilometre beautiful Thames trail on sunny Saturday last weekend. Reading parkrun is being organised from 9 am Saturday for the last few years, and this was the 439th run in the Thames side near the Oracle.
This week the Run Director - Peter Reilly put in extra hours to plan and implement a new trial course. We were scheduled to run a three lap course anyway due to set up for a regatta the following day. However, Peter came up with a new course to reduce congestion and overtaking. It required extra marshals, and a bit more thinking on the part of the runners who had to go left right left on laps 1,2, and 3. A fair number of you gave us some useful feedback - particularly around the start being a bit narrow, which we will look to improve if we decide to run this course again. On the whole, runners seemed happy with the course and we thank you for sticking with it, and many thanks Peter for all your hard work in preparing the new route and for having the courage to give it a go.
Jeanette and Tom (above) were busy directing the runners at the left/right/left junction and did a great job ensuring the majority of you went the correct way each lap. Thanks to you both.
The organisers welcome the participation of local people in the park run which is said to be very fruitful for health and wellbeing. People can walk, jog or run according to their interests and ability. Children of primary school age and elderly people also walk in this fun run and parents with their children in their buggies and dogs walk side by side.
Some of the participants of the Park run said ‘this is an excellent way of being active and do something for healthy life style and happy living.’
This is also a great opportunity to mingle with people of different profession and age groups and socialise with them.
The runners completed the 5K distance from Thames bank to the beautiful forest side near the Oracle from 16.31 to 58.05 minutes. There were many personal best record and a large number of first timers this time. Anyone can participate in this free run registering their names through the park run website.
Congratulations to Alan Friar who completed his 250th parkrun on Saturday. We also had a number of tourists from far flung places including Andover parkrun, Bracknell parkrun, Didcot parkrun, Upton Court parkrun, Whitstable parkrun, Woodley parkrun and Zandvlei parkrun in South Africa! Sorry we didn't give first timers, tourists and milestone runners a shout out in the run brief.
According to parkrun, there were ‘’142,926 amazing finishers, 14,873 priceless volunteers 8,976 super first-timers 28,618 incredible PBs’’ all over the UK last weekend. There are over 530 park run across the UK and participants can participate anywhere. Parkrun also welcomes volunteers to run this programme. The following volunteers made the Reading parkrun possible last week.
Alix EYLES • Andy ATKINSON • Angela RIGBY • Basudev PAUDYAL • Bharat PAUDYAL • Charlie MACKLIN • Cheryl BOSHIER • Chiranjibi PAUDYAL • Chris SMITH • Christopher T KELLY • Damien WOOLMER • Jeanette ALLCOCK • Jim ALCORN • Kerry EASTWOOD • Liz ATKINSON • Liz SMITH • Margaret HUSEIN • Martin GRIFFITHS • Oliver USHER • Paul CASWELL • Peter REILLY • Ted MCFADYEN • Teresa CASWELL • Tom STAGLES
If you haven't had a chance to look at the photos of the event yet, we encourage you to do so here - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmn6f8uY . We think you'll agree that they are truly stunning - thank you Kerry!
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 13,630 participants have completed 105,682 parkruns covering a total distance of 528,410 km, including 17,940 new Personal Bests.