This week's event is always difficult to judge in regards to the number of competitors and the level to which runners are pushing their performances. This is entirely due to the fact that the next day is the Bridlington half marathon. From this point of view it was nice to see several visitors from further afield who were here for that run and took part in our event as a warm up. This is what probably pushed the statistic of over 400 different athletic clubs taking part at Sewerby parkrun in very nearly 5 years and also puts us at just about 100 short of 4,000 different runners having taken part.
This also threw up a couple of strange coincidences in that 143 runners completed the course which was exactly the same number as the comparable week last year. In another twist Rachel Nealon a JW11-14 athlete in only her third run at Sewerby came home as second woman this week but in the same week last year was the the leading woman. This year Amy Hammersley a JW15-17 was the leading woman in her first parkrun anywhere. She completed the course in 10th position and a great time of 20' 13". Rachel followed in 15th position and an equally great time of 20' 34". For the first time in a few weeks this put the young ones at the top of the tree in regard to quality of performance based on the age and gender graded scores. Due to a younger age Rachel came out on top with 77.63%, closely followed by Amy with 75.68%.
The event overall was taken by Scott Hargreaves when after 48 parkruns he came home in 18' 47" for his first leading role.
Due to the nature of the particular circumstances this week there were only 16 PBs. Three of these flagged up after a number of Sewerby runs. James Briggs has 26 Sewerby runs and a new PB of 20' 52" for finishing in 16th position. That is nearly a 5' improvement in 2 years. Charlie Leighton JM11-14 has had a few PBs recently and this week after 58 Sewerby events pushed that PB out to 22' 18" finishing in 26th position and just as importantly raising his age graded score over 65%. There was also Simon Ellerker who since starting at Sewerby parkrun in April 2012 with 25'42" has now achieved a PB of 19' 18" after 64 Sewerby events.
Finally well done to Simon who then went on to complete the half marathon the next day and also Josh Taylor who completed the Sewerby event in third place and only 4" adrift of his PB, but who then finished the half marathon very strongly. It goes without saying well done to all those in the half marathon but especially to those who took the challenge after having started out with just being able to do the parkrun on Saturday morning. However you all felt at the finish it is the inspiration that you may have given to many other locals to give running a try and what better way than at a social event like parkrun each Saturday morning.
Well done everybody