Event 226 – the battle for third

Event 226 took place on third-place play-off day at the World Cup so for a change we will concentrate today on the battle for third and fourth places. For the women, the contest was not close, as Hannah-Mai FLYNN came in third almost 2 and a half minutes ahead of fourth-placed Tara CROSSLEY. The men's 3rd/4th was much closer however, with Paul DALEY edging out Ian STAMMARS by just 8 seconds. Ian did set a new PB in the process, however so perhaps he can thank Paul for helping him to achieve that. It is easy to focus on the faster runners, but age-graded percentage give a way of comparing across age and gender, and the top age-graded this week were:
Declan FLYNN (VM55-59) 75.89%
Oliver MARANZANO (JM10) 74.37% and a New PB!
Nicole AIREY (VW40-44) 73.24%
Adam CREIGHTON (VM50-54) 72.39%
Richard ROBINSON (SM30-34) 72.10%

Anything over 70% is, I think, a terrific achievement - I write that having never achieved it myself, and will be celebrating excitedly if I ever do so. Well done to those named above, and any others of you who have got above that mark, especially if you have done it repeatedly.

By the way, there are a wealth of pages of statistics about Reigate Priory Parkrun if you are interested in that sort of thing (it is certainly not obligatory), including course records in each age category. Two of these were set recently, just 4 and 5 weeks ago: in the JW11-14 grouping Charlotte WORMLEY ran 20:00 for an age-graded 81.42% and VM45-49 Andrew REEVES ran a similarly impressive 17:40 for an age-grade 81.51% Well done to both.

Thank-you so much to the wonderful volunteer team, coping very well with overheated runners and the absence again of event director Paul. It was also great to have visitors from as far afield as Reading, Cornwall, and even Sydney - Welcome to you all ... we hope you enjoyed our parkrun and will return to see us again.

Reigate Priory parkrun
Event number 226
14th July 2018
This week 277 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Andrew PATRICK • Paul DALEY • Hugo Thomas LEWIS • Stephen LEWIS • Beryl STRUGNELL • Mike WILLIAMS • Bruce MASCALL • Gareth HODGSON • David NEUMANN • Barbara MCLAUGHLAN • Rachel HOSSACK • Hilary BAXTER • Brian APTED • Adrian GRANT • Kate HOLAH • Ian ADLAM • Alex HEFFER • Greg LEWIS • Colin SMITH • Nicholas R LEWIS • Vicki DRIVER • Ann WALSHE • Jessica HOSSACK • Craig CHALMERS • Lauren HETHERINGTON • Jo SMITH • Matt LEE • Emily HETHERINGTON • Patrick JENN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reigate Priory parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Laura GENT who recorded a time of 18:19 on 27th August 2016 (event number 128).
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 8th October 2016 (event number 134).
The Age Grade course record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded 85.49% (15:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 134).

Reigate Priory parkrun started on 22nd March 2014. Since then 7,307 participants have completed 44,455 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,275 km, including 8,775 new Personal Bests.

 

Event 225 – The inevitably football-themed run report

With regular supremo Paul away this weekend it was left to Kate to don the Reigate Priory waistcoat and striped tie of calm authority. With regular defence and midfield of the regular volunteers who commit to donning the (metaphorical) shin-pads and getting stuck in every week, Kate knew that she had the right backing behind her. Even the controversial choice of a converted Swede for the crucial marshalling position by the lake reinforced rather than undermined the harmony of the team.

Kate started her pre-match team talk in time-honoured fashion with a tribute to the glory of the day's weather, covered the standard instructions briefly but succinctly including changes to the normal course because of the multitude of vehicles in the park this weekend, and moved on to welcome tourists from locations both local and about as far afield as possible including a visitor from Sydney. As ever, you are very welcome, and we hope you enjoyed our parkrun and will return to us again. Kate then asked for significant milestones, and we were able to applaud not only the achievement of Declan Flynn's 400th parkrun, but also the magnificent customised milestone t-shirt he was sporting. Here are pictures of Declan and his t-shirt, with run director Kate:

From the front
From the back

First to score was Charlie Wyllie, for the 2nd week in a row, and the first female scorer was Vicki Driver in a new pb, her first time as first finisher. Well done to all who finished, particularly if you found it a struggle. Come back next week and it may be a little easier - do that every week and you may even grow to love it. The match finished in a comfortable 256 nil victory to Reigate Priory parkrun and all those involved look forward to selection for the next round next Saturday.

Reigate Priory parkrun
Event number 225
7th July 2018
This week 256 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers. Thank-you all.

Andrew PATRICK • Hugo Thomas LEWIS • Stephen LEWIS • Gill MCMASTER • Mike WILLIAMS • Bruce MASCALL • Peter ARNOLD • Robin DEWAR-SMITH • David NEUMANN • Barbara MCLAUGHLAN • Mark EAGLETON • Hilary BAXTER • Hope STEVENS • Kate HOLAH • Ian ADLAM • Alex HEFFER • Karin SCARSBROOK • Colin SMITH • David MOODY • Ian CROUCH • Clair LANDIMORE • Lauren HETHERINGTON • Charlie LEE • Graham WILLIAMS • Emily HETHERINGTON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reigate Priory parkrun Results Page.

Reigate Priory parkrun started on 22nd March 2014. Since then 7,281 participants have completed 44,178 parkruns covering a total distance of 220,890 km, including 8,723 new Personal Bests.

 

Pictures for 223

Pictures for 223 can be found here

There may be a prize for the best guess as to what Paul was up to in the first pic.

 

A warm welcome

Reigate Priory parkrunners received a warm welcome from the sunshine for Event 223, giving us a beautiful dry course and perfect conditions for a 9am run. With one of the largest turnouts of the year (perhaps partly because of the cancellation this weekend of Tilgate Parkrun) a fantastic 80 new Personal Bests were recorded. Male first finisher was again Max Smithson, continuing a great recent run, which is pushing him up towards the top of the first finishers table. Female first finisher was Zena Phillips, on her first visit to Reigate Priory - A closer look at Zena's results reveals her to be a prolific Parkrun "tourist", with her last 10 Parkruns recorded at different locations, and over 50 different Parkruns on her cv. Your correspondant has himself been away at 2 different Parkrun locations in the last 2 weeks, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Different Parkruns have different vibes to them - that is one of the joys of Parkrun tourism, but I am bound to say that I have not yet found a warmer welcome (see how I have returned to the theme there!) at a Parkrun than the one that is given here at Reigate Priory. I think that is down to a number of reasons: A nice wide open space for the run director's pre-run address; a friendly bunch of regulars who are happy to have a chat with newcomers and tourists; our great volunteers, especially those who turn out every week to look after us; and of course the most relaxed and friendly run director of them all, Paul Chandler. Zena, you have experienced more Parkrun welcome's than most of us - it would be lovely to hear from you - how did we do, and what could we do better? In his run director's briefing Paul welcomed tourists and also paid tribute, as he moves from one age category to another, to Stewart McIntyre, a regular at Reigate Priory Parkrun, stalwart coach at Reigate Priory Athletics club and who always has a friendly and encouraging word for other runners.

Reigate Priory parkrun
Event number 223
23rd June 2018
This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 80 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

Thank you to our fabulous 25 volunteers without whom the the event would not be possible:

Andrew PATRICK • Paul CHANDLER • Julie KALSI • Hugo Thomas LEWIS • Stephen LEWIS • Gill MCMASTER • Mike WILLIAMS • Moray CAREY • Andrew BAMFORD • Lindsay MIDDLETON-SCARR • Bruce MASCALL • Peter ARNOLD • Gareth HODGSON • David NEUMANN • Mark EAGLETON • Hope STEVENS • Matt HOLMES • Ian ADLAM • Colin SMITH • Lauren HETHERINGTON • Charlie LEE • Jo SMITH • Emily HETHERINGTON • Susan JENN • Patrick JENN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reigate Priory parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Laura GENT who recorded a time of 18:19 on 27th August 2016 (event number 128).
The male record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 8th October 2016 (event number 134).
The Age Grade course record is held by Kevin QUINN who recorded 85.49% (15:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 134).

Reigate Priory parkrun started on 22nd March 2014. Since then 7,220 participants have completed 43,623 parkruns covering a total distance of 218,115 km, including 8,631 new Personal Bests.

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