I did have other ideas for today's report however with recent events I wanted to briefly reflect on what is continuing to unfold and I hope you all share in the sadness of late and that all those affected are in our thoughts and prayers.
Over the last 12 months our country has been through some tough and stressful times with no sign of things getting any easier. But there is a ray of light and that is the British spirit within all of us that won't lay down and will get up, dust ourselves down and muck in together to help each other through these challenging times. I want to say that all the love and help and kindness that has been shown across the country to those in need has made me feel very proud of the people in our country. I think it is in our darkest times that we see the brave, courageous and loving nature of the British people.
So today I'll turn to the words of the politician Jo Cox who sadly lost her life a year ago, “we have more in common than divides us”. At parkrun we have more than most in common with each other. There are many events to remember her and one of the best ways suggested is to reconcile with people you may have fallen out with or to start a new friendship with a neighbour. Maybe you could get talking to other parkrunners for the first time and make new friendships.
This weekends weather has been more like Costa del sol rather than Costa del Britain. I hope you all take care to use sun cream and keep hydrated especially if you’re running in the heat. Nine o'clock this Saturday morning it was very warm and slowed most of us down a little however the heat seemed to have no affect at the front of the field.
So to this weeks stats: this week 401 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Wonderbrawn BROWN • Bill NEELY • Coralie DAVISON • Tim CURRY • Rosie LEYDEN • David PENNELL • Gary WIMBLEDON • Peter BUTLER • Linda FULFORD • Charlie MULLEN • Malek SHARIF • Leeanne BRYCE • Felix ADAMS • Juliette COOPER • Gareth Vaughan JONES • Evan JONES • James RITCHIE • Osian JONES • Seren JONES • Gary LEE • Hadi KHATAMIZADEH • Maia LEWIS • Zanny LEWIS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Richmond parkrun Results Page.
Alex MILNE (SM25-29) of Enfield & Haringey AC, was first over the line in 16:14 - first appearance.
An unknown runner was second however I've tracked him down as a visitor from Australia, Tom Do-Canto. Unfortunately I can't find his time,
Dan HIGGINS (VM35-39) of Highgate Harriers, was third over the line in 17:19 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Claire ALTMANN (SW30-34) of Thames Hare & Hounds, was first (36th overall) over the line in 21:37 - 4th time in 21 appearances.
Ella FRYER (JW11-14) of St Mary's Richmond AC, was second (40th overall) over the line in 21:51 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Emme D'ALTON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (58th overall) over the line in 22:42.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Alex MILNE (SM25-29) – 79.47% for the time 16:14 (first overall).
Dan HIGGINS (VM35-39) – 77.67% for the time 17:19 (third overall).
Colette HEWITT (VW55-59) – 76.75% for the time 23:35 (79th overall).
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 16,827 participants have completed 125,121 parkruns covering a total distance of 625,605 km, including 20,444 new Personal Bests.
Keep safe and happy running