Just as we were beginning to forget how to run round the polo fields in the absence of rain, we were graced with a pleasant morning today. Among the 395 finishers, were 28 first timers to Rushmoor and we welcomed tourists from Mansfield and Sheffield. 25 wonderful volunteers made today possible - thank you to every single one.
Course conditions must’ve been good as 79 of us recorded personal bests - well done! Once you’ve completed a certain number of runs it gets harder to achieve a PB...so special congratulations to these runners who managed this today, having all run the Rushmoor course more than 25 times previously - Paul Brazier, Neil Peacock, Gayle Gunner, Michael Lewin and Nicholas Bound.
It was lovely to see so many juniors completing the course. As the weather is getting chillier it can be slightly tricky to persuade some of the younger members of our parkrun family that they really want to be out running round a field rather than having a lovely warm lie-in! Well done to all of you who came out today and a particular congratulations to those juniors who achieved PBs. The young females who bagged themselves PBs were Rachel Lynch, Ella Bento, Anabella Dent, Elizabeth Dent, Maisie Oliver, Isobel Taylor, Niamh McLoughlin, Imogen Smith, Jessica Hayward and Natalia Margilewska. The young males were Rupert Lewis, Guy McDonald, Charles Phillips, Tyler Compton, Harvey Brazier, Kyle Toms, Colm McLoughlin, James Hayward, Daniel Clarke and Fred Howard. Fantastic efforts - well done!
A further two juniors celebrated special milestone runs today - they have now participated 10 times and can claim their white t-shirts:
Annabel Wright (JW15-17) of AFD
Rosa Webb (JW15-17) of Camberley & District AC
Brilliant achievement - many congratulations.
There was one other milestone run today - mine! I’m very proud to have participated for the 50th time today. Of these, I’ve ran some where I’ve pushed myself hard enough to barely be able to thank the marshals on the way round and have also enjoyed other, more leisurely runs with my 12 year old, Tilly. I ran one (not to be repeated) when my lovely hubby, Dom, kindly decided to support me in a PB aim but then merrily started taking scenic photos on his phone, followed by a bit of Strava browsing, while I could hardly breathe. There was also the one when I caught up with my 14 year old, Livi - she was naturally horrified and immediately sprinted out of sight. She’s never let me catch her since. I’ve also volunteered as tail-walker, and this was genuinely one of my favourite times.
So I’d like to say a huge thank you to Rushmoor, and to the eight other parkruns in Britain where my family and I have run, for hosting me on these 50 different occasions. Oh, and of course thanks to Tilly who, due to staff training, had a day off school on Friday and sweetly offered to make celebratory parkrun cakes rather than do a bit of extra maths. They were delicious cakes Tilly, thank you; your Food Tech teacher will be delighted, your maths teacher may be less so.
Finally I’d like to give a shout out to today’s pacers, Richard Guest, Ian Jennings and James Ewing. I found myself alongside Ian on the second lap as I was fading, and together with a few others, managed to follow his feet and tried to obey his friendly command to ‘stay with me’! I haven’t run as well for some months, so thank you very much. Pacers are always warmly welcomed at Rushmoor. If, for instance, you need to take it easy for a few weeks then please do consider coming along to pace whatever is a comfortable time for you that day. There’ll always be fellow parkrunners for whom that time will be their goal, and as well as clocking up another run towards your next milestone, you’ll also find yourself one volunteer point closer to claiming your own purple 25 t-shirt.
See you all again next week!
By Jo Wake
This week 395 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Steve LOW • Ian JENNINGS • Nick SILVESTER • Chris MCWILLIAM • Charlotte HOWARD • Bethan HOWARD • Marc HOWARD • Toby HOWARD • Louise WILLIAMS • Jo WAKE • Helen COLLETT • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Thomas DOHERTY • Sarah JENNINGS • Jo BROWN • Ian WHITE • Andrew CONNOR • Mark RANOLA • Riona NOTHARD • Andy HAZELL • James EWING • Andrew GUDGE • Judith ROWE • Richard GUEST
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmoor parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).
Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 6,715 participants have completed 41,474 parkruns covering a total distance of 207,370 km, including 8,037 new Personal Bests.