"We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves. The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say "You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that." The human spirit is indomitable."
Sir Roger Bannister (First person to run a mile in under 4 minutes.)
What initially looked like a smaller field, during the last few minutes turned into 143 runners which was the 13th highest field in 4 years and 40% up on the same week last year.
Both the men's and women's events were led home by the youngest athletes for quite a few weeks. Top honours though had to go to the ladies who were brought home in 15th place by Rachel Nealon a JW11-14 athlete in a PB time of 20' 25", only to be followed by an even younger athlete in Isobel Nicholls running for the youngest age category JW10. She was rewarded with the excellent time of 21' 43". Janet Potter, I am sure for this week will not have minded coming third with 23' 15" and finishing behind athletes two generations younger! Significantly these three ladies were also the best runners in the whole field. However, the order was different. Janet was best with 81.15% as an age and gender corrected score. Next came Rachel with 79.76% to be followed by Isobel with 78.59%. Finally, even though, the run of Isobel was only the third best performance it was the only age record of the day. Perhaps, more importantly, to show the quality of her run her JW10 record is now 28 seconds faster than the equivalent boy's record. This is the only age record where a (girl, lady, woman, you choose!!) has run faster than her male counterpart. Isobel ran with Ian Nicholls, possibly her dad (?) and on each visit to Sewerby they have both run PBs so who is keeping up with whom? I think youth will eventually prevail!
There was a men's event! For some runners the Bridlington half marathon on the following day may have had an effect. First home was Joshua Smith, a first timer at Sewerby with a time of 18' 25". Second place went to Richard Smith in 18' 31", a previous leader on his only other visit to us. Third was Tyler Evans in his fourth run which have resulted in an 8th, 5th, 2nd and now 3rd places. He was also rewarded with another PB of 19 minutes exactly.
There were 31 PBs on a good morning for fast running. The two noteworthy performances were Duncan Smart who after 26 Sewerby runs managed to chip 2" from his PB with 22' 03". A 21' time looks on the horizon. Charlie Leighton with 35 runs under his belt since August 2013 has now set a PB in each of his last three Sewerby runs and now has a time of 25' 48".
Andy Godfrey form Bridlington Road runners has asked me to kindly thank all those parkrunners who either took part in the half marathon on Sunday or equally helped in some way by marshaling etc. I know this will include many athletes from all the local clubs and reinforces the inclusive nature of parkrun while retaining the personal element of competitiveness.
4th Year Anniversary
There are now only two runs left for points to be awarded in this years competition for consistency. At the moment the results look settled but it is still mathematically possible for the results to change. More importantly the results will be declared and the presentations made this year in the Orangery at Sewerby Hall after the parkrun on 7th November. It would be nice if as many athletes as possible can stay after the event to celebrate for a short while the completion of 4 years of parkrun events at Sewerby Hall.
Finally just a reminder once more that there is a free 10k run at Kilham next Sunday. Details were posted last week and there are details on the table at the start of parkrun. The event will be marshaled and times taken and reported. Come along and treat it as training or run as quickly as you feel.......nice village pub afterwards!!