"I keep on going because of the passion of the track. It is addictive. It's not for money, it's simply the thrill of racing."
Haile Gebrselassie (Olympic gold medalist, ex world marathon record holder......and much more!)
More Youngsters Shine.
Saturday proved a reasonable morning for running as the promised rain did not arrive until later in the day. With only one event left to complete the fourth year of Sewerby parkrun the numbers of starters remained quite high. 140 completed the course but the most encouraging aspect was the recent trend of younger runners putting in some very good performances.. Not so long ago we seemed to be commenting on the dearth of younger runners. However, as the parkrun year draws to a close it is worth noting that there are 11 runners with four or more events to their credit this year who will not reach their 12th birthday before our anniversary. They are Ciara Harper (11 runs), Declan Tindall (9 runs ), Nicholas Brown (8 runs ), Dylan Lamb (7 runs ), Ashton Dowson (6 runs ), Elliot Macauley (5 runs), Freya Pearson (5 runs ), Jack Shephard (5 runs ), Alistair Sayer (4 runs ), Daniel Marr (4 runs), and Nico Masucci (4 runs ).
The female result on Saturday was again one for the younger generation. First was Gemma Walker a JW 11-14 on her first Sewerby run. She completed the course in 20' 21" and was only 19" outside the age record that is the third longest held at Sewerby. Ruby Firth in the same age bracket followed her in the quick time of 20' 49". Ruby must be even younger than Gemma as her run proved to be the third best performance in the whole field by getting an age graded score of 78.22% compared to Gemma's 77.23%. They were only beaten on performance by the Potters once more with John this time proving the better with 81.32% and Janet with 79.89%. Third lady home was Deborah Church in 21' 44".
The men's event had last Sunday's Bridlington half marathon winner in Matty Adcock taking part. One could say he strolled home in the lead with a time of 18' 29", well within his parkrun PB of 15' 29". Second was Tyler Evans in his 5th Sewerby run and equaling his best place having never been lower than 8th. His time of 19' 02" was only 2" outside his PB. He was closely followed by Ben Cunningham in his 7th Sewerby run and only 1" outside his PB.
Experience was in the field in the form of Anita Flack. Not only has she 213 parkruns to her credit but she has performed 26 volunteer roles in that time. It shows the balance of how parkrun relies on volunteer duties. The three volunteer duties requested per year per runner still means there are 49 other possibilities to run each year!
In addition Dave Pudsey completed his 100th run on Saturday. 84 have been at Sewerby and he has a PB of 25' 29" so scoring over 60%.
In a week where there were 22 recorded PBs most were taken by runners relatively new to the parkrun experience. However, with 22 Sewerby runs Mandy Miller came through with a time of 38' 50". She started in September 2014 and was for the first time under 40', taking a massive 1' 19" from her previous PB.
End of Year
Just a reminder that this Saturday marks the end of the 4th year of Sewerby parkrun. With this run the points competition will close. If you want to record your points for this year make a note of them soon as the computer will return everybody to zero for the 5th year starting. It is a good way to check consistency and compare year on year.
After the run on the 7th November there will be presentations taking place in the Orangery. It would be nice if as many as possible could attend. For those who normally stop for a drink in the cafe it will just mean a change of venue as the refreshments will be available in the Orangery.
Finally thanks to all those who took part or helped at the Kilham 10k.