Some of you may have noticed that there were a few problems with the results this week, but thanks to our Run Director Andy Caie these have now been sorted out. It’s a pity, really, because I was excited about writing a run report when over 80 out of 240 people got PBs, some by 7 or 8 minutes! However, I knew something was wrong and puzzled over the results for a while, but it was Andrew “Sherlock” Brown who realised that the previous week’s times had been used.
After the correction, there were still an impressive 42 PBs. Possibly the PB of the week was by Joachim Trostmann (VM60-64) who achieved a PB after 136 parkruns, all but 3 of these at Richmond. Peter Bowker is also on a good run of late, achieving his 4th PB in two months after 41 runs, and John Lowit in his 31st parkrun at Richmond has dipped below the 30 min mark for the first time.
Other notable achievements this week were Giuseppe Perdoni and Adrian Smith both joining the 100 Club, and Jonathan Denham Tompkins completing 50 runs. In the juniors, Bruno Duder has earned his 10 run t-shirt. Well done to all of them.
When looking through the results, I noticed just how many of our runners have 100, 50 or 10 run t-shirts – 78 runners in total. Two weeks ago I was at North Beach parkrun in Durban with our Event Director Karen Weir and her husband Peter. The three of us, all wearing our 100 t-shirts, were treated like celebrities. But in Richmond you’re soon going to need a 250 club t-shirt to stand out. Franz Werndle is likely to be the first to join this select group; he is currently on 244, with 191 of these at Richmond Park. However, Clive Lester has done all his 228 runs at Richmond, and Sean Egan, in third place on 215, has done all but one of these at Richmond. Sally Woodward-Gentle is fourth, with 206 of her 208 runs at Richmond. I wonder how will we celebrate these achievements?
In somewhat muggy weather, but reasonable conditions overall, the first finishers this week were Craig Maclellan in a new PB of 18:14, followed by Jack Congdon on 18:57 and an unknown runner in third. Rebecca Bunting was once again first woman on 20:38, with Charlotte Carter at 20:57 (a new PB) and Samantha Pickford in 21:15. The highest age graded score was Ewan White’s 77.11%. Congratulations on good running.
I am pleased to report that Richmond parkrunners are continuing to be helpful regarding the new regime of locking bikes by the railings and keeping to the paths. Which is just as well, considering the suggestion made by my son at a recent visit to our parkrun when the problems of increasing numbers of runners were explained to him. He suggested that, in the tradition of Richmond Park, we could have a cull of runners, taking out the last 5 finishers each week. (Calum – aged 21! – is constantly upset by the signs warning of deer culls.) We quickly pointed out that this was not in the spirit of parkrun, and anyway we’d have a lot of trouble finding someone to volunteer for tail runner. It’s probably better just to keep to the new rules. And to all this week’s 24 first-timers, please don’t be alarmed – you are very welcome!
And on the topic of volunteers, thank you as always to all of you.
Finally – a young person’s Oyster card was found after the event. Andy Caie will bring it along to Saturday’s parkrun to return it to its owner. And we all wish Gary Wimbledon a speedy recovery from his recent surgery.
Enjoy your running.