"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming."
Frank Shorter (Winner of the Olympic marathon in Munich 1972)
Run, Jog, who is doing what?
With the Scarborough 10k on the following day and Bridlington half marathon to follow next week performances varied. However, this is what parkrun is all about. On any Saturday it is what you want to make it, a hard run, a social jog, a training run at a set pace or a get round at any cost! It is nice to see that with all these other events numbers are still up by about 20 runners on the previous year. It is a fact that in the last 38 weeks there have only been fields with less than 100 on 4 occasions, a remarkable advance on the early days of 2011.
The field contained several visiting runners who were over for the Scarborough 10k the following day but also the field were reminded about the parkrun link to alzheimers research and thanks go to Colin Garnett for the help in highlighting that cause.
The event was led by Shaun Hobson for his 4th occasion with a time of 18' 11". He was followed by Tyler Evans who only started 3 weeks ago and now has his highest finish and a PB of 19' 02". Surely with the progress of about a minute in just 3 weeks there is a future Sewerby first place waiting. Third place was taken by Arron Larkin a visitor from Sheffield in a time of 19' 15".
The women's field was headed by what appears to have been a close run thing as the first three were in overall positions of 17th, 18th and 19th. The mysteriously named Floss BR headed home in the lead with a time of 21' 46" to be very closely followed in 21' 59" by Emily Carver, who although still a junior, has been first on three previous occasions. While equally close in third place was Katherine Felgate with a time of 22' 10".
In a week when athletes were running for a variety of reasons there was one significant PB gained by Alan Clayton. Alan has 59 runs, all at Sewerby and Saturday in what is proving to be a purple patch gained his third consecutive PB. He has now broken 23' with a time of 22' 58". Alan runs as a VM55-59 athlete and has progressed from 25' 50" on his start back in March 2014.
The Sweatshop prize for the month of September has gone to Adam Palmer. Adam is a SM 25-29 athlete and after starting in September 2014 has possibly not missed a week amassing 54 runs all at Sewerby.. From that start with a respectable 26' 57" he has progressed through 17 PBs to a time of 19' 48" just 3 weeks ago which gained him a score of just over 65% on age adjustment. His best position has been 6th but he continues to improve with each event.
The next Kilham 10K run is taking place on Sunday 25th October. This again like parkrun is a free event but will be marshaled, timed and recorded. It consists of one 10k lap in a rural setting on country roads. It is open to all and can be treated in whatever way an athlete wants. It can be raced or treated as a Sunday morning training run. For anybody who has not tested themselves beyond 5k it is low key and a way to prove to yourself your capabilities, or you can just chat the whole way round!