Well it was a pretty near perfect day for a parkrun. Not too hot, but still sunny and bright, the trees and grass looking rich (and litter free). Sunderland parkrun was a great place to be this Saturday morning. A visitor last week pointed out how nice the course is, and it’s true we often take it for granted.
I did however get quite a shock when I heard that someone had been violent to the slower parkrunners. I was aghast at such a breach of parkrun etiquette. Who had done that? When I asked all I was told was that some people hadn’t seen them and squashed quite a few snails at the start. Since I was 251st I was quite worried, but in fact it was the terrestrial pulmonates, cornu aspersum or common garden snails that were endangered, until the nice people at parkrun formed a guard to stop the carnage.
Snails weren’t the only visitors though, we had 17 people new to parkrun, who hopefully will become regulars, and at least 6 visitors from other park runs. An excellent day for it.We had a great first home by Andy Powell in 16:06 over a minute and a half ahead of Kevin Connolly who was second, and still 20 seconds short of a pb. We do get some amazing runners.
Lots of congratulations this weekend. You may recall I mentioned Sue Cuthbertson and her bid to run everyday, including a parkrun wherever possible. Today was her 177th consecutive run, and her 50th parkrun, with 50 also for Sarah Lake. Dave Rylance and Chris May achieved 100 parkruns and the eligibility to claim their black milestone T shirts. Jackie Wilson achieved the wonder that is 250 parkruns, but lost his parking space, for which a green milestone T shirt is the compensation.
We had three cakes and knowing the weather was going to be good, Harris Grotz brought us ice pops to celebrate his milestone of completing 10 parkruns and his first parkrun T shirt. Many congratulations Harris, and thanks for the ice pops, they were great. Roger Moore was able to make time to do the parkrun despite his role as keynote speaker at the Durham Hot Air festival. We also had a rare visitor in Tom Sloanes sporting his sleek 100 shirt and his fell fettled legs the colour and texture of walnuts, it’s definitely this season's look.
And now Father Andrews thought for the day:
“Before criticising another runner, you need to run a mile in his shoes. This is because, firstly you will have a mile head start, and secondly you will have his shoes”
The preacher for the next parkrun will be nailed to the door of the puma centre.
Mr Aitken is on holiday for the next 3 parkruns so if you've been enjoying these weekly reads and don't want everyone to miss out, why not have a go at writing one yourself, you will get a nice shiny volunteer credit for it too. If interested, and for any other volunteer role you can help out with, please email us at email@example.com
and now for the stats....
Sunderland parkrun, Event number 435, 26th May 2018
This week 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • Paul MUSTARD • John AITKEN • Roger MOORE • Doug KNOX • Gabrielle NIVEN • Mark John RALPH • Anna CORBY • John COSGROVE • Tom SLOANES • Fiona AITKEN • Stephen SNOWBALL • Emily WHITMORE • Martin BALDRIDGE • Linda DODSWORTH • Pauline URWIN • Steve DODSWORTH • Paul THOMPSON • Ruth COOK • Jim PHILLIPS • Beth MULLIGAN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sunderland parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Liam TAYLOR who recorded a time of 15:26 on 6th August 2011 (event number 90).
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 16:46 on 9th February 2013 (event number 165).
The Age Grade course record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded 89.37% (16:56) on 2nd September 2017 (event number 403).
Sunderland parkrun started on 10th October 2009. Since then 5,905 participants have completed 57,980 parkruns covering a total distance of 289,900 km, including 9,509 new Personal Bests.