By Cinthia Parkes
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Anyway, back to plain forward English. Saturday morning - It was flippin' cold! 2C the thermometer read. We all wore extra layers, gloves and hats, fleeces and jumpers, gradually peeled away as we ran the course. It being nurkrap, the day of the morning of the clocks going back, we ran the course backwards - not literally, just the reverse route. Normally we run up the stem of the P, then clockwise round the loop, twice, then back down the stem. This time just after we crossed the bridge at the end of the P stem, we turned sharp right and ran the loop anticlockwise, twice. The first lap was somewhat hampered by the beautiful sun shining directly into our eyes but as there were 345 of us running that morning it was easy to follow the crowd. It did make the home straight seem extra long though - gratitude to Chris Smith for always holding his bridge marshall post, and shouting out the time as we run past for the final sprint home.
Did the reverse route make a difference to your run? It might have done to the 53 bods who recorded personal bests - good on yer folks! Well done.
Natalie delivered a smashing first timers briefing to the 43 new runners who turned up - great effort on such a chilly day, congratulations! There were runners from 32 different clubs. We received tourists from Banstead, Cornwall, Chester, Sheffield and Wokingham. Welcome all you travellers. Fergal did a great job again as RD, leading a team of 17 superheroes, all our hi-viz volunteers, without whom you wouldn't be able to enjoy your free Saturday morning run - big round of applause to Margaret HUSEIN • Kevin R R JONES • Peter REILLY • Chris SMITH • Robin BERTRAND • Ray MCGROARTY • Alan TOWER • Fergal DONNELLY • Martin COULSON • Caitlin MCCULLOCH • Jonathan COYLE • Christine HARVEY • Cinthia PARKES • Natalie HARRIS • David HODGKINSON • Dan BROCK • Russel BARRETO . We are extremely grateful you stood around in the cold whilst we got warmed up running, Thank You.
Fancy giving something back? One or 2 weeks a year swapping volunteering for running? Maybe after a heavy night, or if you're injured or you're saving yourself for a big race the next day? If everyone volunteered just one week a year - you'd still be able to run 51 weeks, and we'd have the roster covered! See here for details http://www.parkrun.org.uk/reading/volunteer/
So what snippets of delight can we extract from the results page this week? Let's start with some milestones - Luke Whiley and Diogo Marques both ran their 50th - Congratulations both of you, and Diogo topped that with a new PB - amazing run, fabulous morning to you! Sue Jones ran her 249th, so watch out for her next time out.
Fastest lady was Vicki Taylor with 21.03, a new PB for her too, well done! Ben Paviour was the fastest gent with 17.20 - great running. The highest age grading this week went to Maureen Dowling with 84.01% - this takes into account how fast you run for your age, and Maureen regularly scores highest with this one, a real inspiration!
There were 10 runners without a barcode this week #DFYB - such a shame having done all that effort to get up, get yourself down there for a 9am start, run your socks off then not get the official recognition with a little text or email to say well done. We applaud you all anyway, and really encourage you to put a barcode in your phonecase, in your shoe, in your pocket, in the car, inside your sports bra or even just hold it in your hand. If you regularly attend with a partner, give each other a spare - I've got about 8 other people's barcodes in my plastic wallet!
I want to give a shout-out to some of our young runners this week, all under 10s. They are starting their healthy lifestyle at a fabulous age, and well done to their parents for bringing them along. Thumbs up to young gents Amogh Bhattarai (37.21) and Corrin McAuslin (31.25), both first timers, and Zak Guntzenbach (30.29) who got a PB on his second outing. Our solo under 10 lady was Annabel Gardiner, who ran an impressive 31.40 on her 9th outing. Keep it up!
Sadly no photos this week to brighten the report (- that's a great volunteering job too, photographer) I know Peter Cook does an A-mazing job, but any old phone camera will do, we won't be looking at the quality of the pictures, just ourselves, the subjects. Looking at myself after a run, the grainier the picture the better actually!
This info is the same every week - 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.
This info changes every week. Obviously. Since our start, 14,377 participants have completed 111,392 parkruns covering a total distance of 556,960 km, including 18,825 new Personal Bests.
See you on the field next time, Cinthia