The weather for parkrun has been so nice, I almost miss the rain, but not quite. We changed our route a few weeks ago and there has been some talk as to whether it was an improvement (the last time we did it we had a number of pb’s), and also whether the incline of opportunity at the end might even put some people off.
I have had a look at the historic results and I am pleased to say that we are still growing, last July we had, 190, 213, 200 and 177 a total of 780 runners up to the first week of the school holidays. This year we had 210, 216, 187, and 195 runners a total of 808. Weather might be a factor, but I have also heard some people say its too hot to run (my daughter knows who she is).
It was nice to see Daniel King, who attended parkrun for the first time last week, he must have liked it because this week he enlisted the support of his wife to come and do it as well, next time I know she will be bringing a barcode! 7 people new to parkrun in total and two tourists new to Sunderland. What about the pb’s on the new course? This week 7 people who were running before the incline of opportunity appeared got a pb and 15 people in total. Perhaps what we really need are more hills?
Liam Taylor was first back in 16:59, and Paul Blakey second back, in 17:11 had an age graded score of 82.54%, and it wasn’t even a pb, fantastic running especially in the heat.
Meanwhile on the Tourism front, Roger Moore had intended to do Crystal Palace this week, but withdrew when he found out that not only did the course consist of running past dinosaurs, but afterwards the dinosaurs were kept in the park on public display.
Father Andrew explained over coffee in the ski lodge why Pride was to be avoided. He said that if you meet a single lion out on the savannah you don't have to run faster than the lion, just faster than whoever you are with. If you meet with a Pride of Lions, you are finished.
191 runners, 19 volunteers, great fun.
Now for the statistics for Sunderland parkrun, Event number 443, 21st July 2018
This week 195 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Harry HARRISON • Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Michael ARMSTRONG • Andrew WOOD • Fred GUY • Benjamin HIGGINS • Fiona AITKEN • David CHADWICK • Linda DODSWORTH • Andrew DOWSETT • Elizabeth COLEY • Jo DOWSETT • Nathan DRUMMOND • Bev HARRISON • Helen BANCROFT • Peter LAWSON
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 6,043 participants have completed 59,698 parkruns covering a total distance of 298,490 km, including 9,741 new Personal Bests.