Well I didn’t see any Comic Relief red noses today, but I did see a runner wearing shin pads and holding a cricket bat ….
As ever it was great to see so many young runners – and I was impressed with the way they ‘got on with it’. Altogether there were 56 under 18s – brilliant – with 4 first timers in the ‘10 and under’ age category. On his first ever parkrun, James MABY JM 10 finished in 25:47 – an excellent first run! The fastest JM10 was Oskar BRIMACOMBE in 23:22 – awesome!! Not surprisingly it was a PB for him today and he achieved the highest age-graded score of all the younger runners. Oskar did his first Richmond parkrun a year ago and has been shaving off the minutes ever since – well done Oskar!
The Spring sunshine was somewhat elusive at first, but it wasn’t long before a number of us were wishing we were wearing fewer layers. It’s been a great week for sunny skies, blooming blossom, dancing daffodils, charming camellias, fantastic forsythias, ending perfectly with our precious parkrun!
Each week about 400 of us choose of our own freewill to gather in Richmond Park for friendship and exercise. Many of us will happily go out on our own to run, but we all know how important it is to support and encourage each other, taking part in a group running event. I felt nothing but positive vibes today and I hope I speak for everyone else. In the UK alone there are over 400 parkruns, with around 100,000 pairs of legs running each week – wow!
Today’s Event Director Ali SALISBURY praised our team of 22 fantastic volunteers, without whom the event could not take place. We gave Simon MOORSE VM 50-54 a huge cheer for doing his 250th run today. However, Ali also had a very sad announcement to make about the passing away of Anahita JONES, who had run with us in Richmond 124 times. Her family is arranging a get-together in Anahita’s memory, on Sunday 26th March. The details are as follows:
We would love you to join us on Sunday 26 March to celebrate the life of
at Radnor House School, Pope's Villa, Cross Deep Twickenham TW1 4QG from 3:30pm until beyond sunset
(Please note the clocks will have gone forward one hour)
Join us at any time throughout the afternoon and evening for Afternoon Tea and Cakes on the terrace and a paying bar from approximately 5:30pm with dancing on the terrace from sunset.
We would love you to bring a cake / cakes if you are able and please do bring your family and friends - all are warmly welcomed. An RSVP is not required, but please let us know if you can bring cakes.
Please bring your photographs of Hiti for the photoboard, and your memories.
Throughout the event we will be fundraising for Cancer Research UK, though donating will, of course, be optional and entirely voluntary.
If you are unable to come, or even if you are, and would like to make a donation in memory of Hiti please go to our Just Giving page here:
We hope you can make the date and we look forward to seeing you.
This week 392 people ran, jogged and walked the course and 34 recorded new Personal Bests (despite the strong headwind during the 4th k! Representatives of 33 different clubs took part. There were 53 were first timers (25 doing their first ever parkrun).
In addition to Simon MOORSE’s 250 milestone, two others achieved a special number today and a few more members are coming very close:
Jo ROSS SW 30-34 joined the 50 club today
Reggie ROCK JM10 joined the 10 club today
Only a few runs away from 400 are:
Sean EGAN VM 55-59 and Clive LESTER VM 65-69
Just a few runs away from 300 are:
Elio ZENTILIN VM 70-74, Pat HEWLETT VW 80-84 (our oldest runner today!) and Fred CROFT VM 65-69
Rose LEWIS VW 50-54 is only one run away from 200
3 runs away from 100 are:
Ella GARRETT JW 15-17, Robert MASLEN VM 65-69 and Lisa PEREZ VW 50-54
Matthew HUGGETT VM 50-54 will join the 50 club on his next run
Returning to the achievements of our younger runners:
The first JW10 was Matilda HARRISON in 25:51.
The first JM 11-14 was Osian JONES in 21:19.
The first JM 15-17 was Ben DIBLEY in 19:23.
The first SM 18-19 was Matthew BIGLAND in 18:24
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Richmond parkrun Results Page.
Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) of West 4 Harriers, was first over the line in 17:41 - 13th time in 74 appearances.
Nick ALTMANN (VM40-44) of Ful-On Tri, was second over the line in 17:44.
Paulino MACIAS (VM40-44) of Sheen Shufflers, was third over the line in 18:14 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Adrienne GREEN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (41st overall) over the line in 21:29 - third time in 41 appearances.
Jo ROSS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (45th overall) over the line in 21:43 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Joey LANGTON (SW20-24) (Unattached) was third (71st overall) over the line in 23:04.
The following male runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Paul STUART-SMITH (VM55-59) – 81.02% for the time 18:58 (9th overall).
Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) – 79.55% for the time 17:41 (first overall).
Nick ALTMANN (VM40-44) – 79.32% for the time 17:44 (second overall).
The following female runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Margie MARSHALL (VW60-64) – 76.49% for the time 25:44.
Louise HUTCHINSON (VW55-59) – 76.14% for the time 24:06.
Kate TURNBULL (VW60-64) – 72.16% for the time 26:53.
The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 00:17:11 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 00:14:58 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane DAVIES who recorded 95.43% (21:54) on 27th September 2014 (event number 363).
Richmond parkrun started on 20th October 2007. Since then 16,140 participants have completed 119,277 parkruns covering a total distance of 596,385 km, including 19,635 new Personal Bests.