The breezy head-wind in our faces during the 4thk might have been challenging for our 58 PB-ers today, but I found it very welcoming in the hot August sunshine. It was a glorious morning and the wonderful Richmond Park was looking as picturesque as ever. I hope our 55 ‘first timers’ appreciated the lovely surroundings as they progressed through the 5k course. I’m not sure if Matthew CONNOR (SM20-24) had much time to look around though. He was the first to finish in 16:48, doing his first ever parkrun – what an awesome start!!
The holiday season is well under way now. Judging by their golden sun-tans, many of our runners have been away somewhere hot and sunny (not that we have been without hot and sunny days in good old England!). Our numbers might be slightly down today but we still had a very healthy 402 runners, of which 28 were doing their first ever parkrun. Let’s hope they caught the parkrun bug and keep coming back. If anyone is wondering if the ‘first timers’ ever do come back, well there were 22 ‘second timers’ today! Well done. I can’t imagine not doing parkrun now. To me, it’s like a weekly health-check. However ploddy you feel during the week, it’s good to get out there on Saturday and give it a blast and see how you measure up.
So, if my maths is correct, we had 30 ‘parkrun tourists’ today. I’m sure they will have been impressed with the beauty of Richmond Park. No doubt some of our regulars have also been ‘tourists’ elsewhere. Every parkrun has its advantages and disadvantages. I recently did the parkrun in Southend. It’s a 3-lap course. Was I bored with it? No. Everyone was very friendly and because you lap others and get lapped yourself, you get to see more of the other runners. I frequently heard comments like ‘well done tourist!’ and ‘come on Richmond!’ Whatsmore, because it’s a flat course it was relatively easy to pick up a PB …
In our introductory briefing today, Ali SALISBURY thanked the wonderful team of volunteers and congratulated those who were reaching a milestone. She also gave out two important reminders: all under 11s must remain within arms’ length of a responsible adult; secondly, all runners must remain in the ‘funnel’ at the end and collect a token, to be scanned and handed in afterwards. And while we’re on the subject of scanning, Hadi KHATAMIZADEH (who was scanning the tokens today) had to make a sudden departure as his wife is having a baby!! Our good wishes go to him and the family and we hope to hear the good news next week.
It’s fantastic that there were 52 young runners aged 17 and under today, setting up good habits for life – keep it up! In fact, 21 of them were in the ‘10 and under’ age category – fantastic. I was well impressed with the young Arthur LOUW (JM10) who ran the course totally barefoot! He reached his 100 milestone last week and is a member of the Barefoot Runners Society (UK).
Congratulations to Stephen MCDUELL (VM50-54) who joined the 250-club today! Amrut SHARMA will be there in 2 more weeks. In just one more week Ian HARRISON (VM65-69) will have clocked up 200 runs.
Well done to the 3 runners who joined the 50-club today: Teresa GRANNER (VW45-49), Jackie CROCKFORD (VW35-39) and Paul BIRCH (VM55-59). Next time they will be joined by Cristina ZENTOLIN (SW3-34) and Lindsay BELLWOOD (VW3034).
Matthew CONNOR (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 16:48 - first appearance. Tim PRENDERGAST (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:09. Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) of West 4 Harriers, was third over the line in 17:27 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Georgina CLARKE (JW11-14) of Hercules Wimbledon AC, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 20:07 - third time in 3 appearances. Holly MCGUIGAN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (32nd overall) over the line in 20:41. Adrienne BADDELEY (SW30-34) of Ranelagh Harriers, was third (34th overall) over the line in 20:47 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
David GATENBY (VM55-59) – 82.16% for the time 18:52 (12th overall). Dan AFSHAR (VM40-44) – 80.61% for the time 17:27 (third overall). Georgina CLARKE (JW11-14) – 79.37% for the time 20:07 (23rd overall).
Representatives of 30 different clubs took part today.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers: Ally PICKARD • Sonia KOHOL • Andy CAIE • Marguerite POULTER • Lloyd Temple CAMP • Fiona WHATLEY • Kate O'DOHERTY • Peter MCCLOSKEY • Pete BUTLER • Chris BULGER • Laura BUSHAWAY • Katherine BURSTON • Ronan MCGINN • Deepa SHARMA • Juliette COOPER • Martin COTTOM • Gary LEE • Faye SHAW • Margie MARSHALL • Hadi KHATAMIZADEH • Robert HILLHOUSE • Jenni RISHWORTH • June YU
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:58 on 17th September 2011 (event number 203). The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:11 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 17,286 participants have completed 128,445 parkruns covering a total distance of 642,225 km, including 20,866 new Personal Bests.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Richmond parkrun Results Page.