At last a parkrun so hot you feel summer might actually arrive, of course on a day when John Parry taking his top off wouldn’t invoke shivers he was nowhere to be seen. To the rescue, an apprentice in the form of Daniel Norman.
No cake this week, but we may have a Marie Antoinette moment next Saturday since Alex Walton another young parkrunner made 99 this week.
A really nice parkrun day, with 236 runners and 6 people attending for the first time, it was a great introduction and they have been assured it only gets better.
Our ED tells me that we may soon organise a run and litter pick on Saturday because it turns out that the bejewelled look of the grass is from plastic and not diamonds. It’s only become noticeable since the snow and ice melted and the water level dropped enough to see the ground which no one has seen since last year.
Sam (my assistant first time briefer) was very anxious at the start missing his mistress who had to work, but found a new friend at the start with his muddy paws, hopefully it will all wash out. He also swerved Harry Harrison towards the lake and almost got him in, it was a very deft move, we may call it the ‘Harrison Shuffle’.
I have reminded him that only well behaved dogs on a short leash are allowed. Sam ended his parkrun experience a very happy boy, Gabrielle Niven couldn’t eat her sausage and egg sandwich at the Scullery despite running a 5k, and he was very happy to help out.
It was good to see that although Roger Moore was tying to spread pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis his running was unaffected.
On a sad note I have been told last week that parkrunner Bob Cratchett was gamely getting round when he lost his bus fare of £1 coin, he bent down to pick it up but was elbowed aside and had to walk all the way home. If you saw anyone who ‘found’ a pound coin last week, or perhaps has been unaccountably been offering to get a round in, can you let the team know.
Lastly I did hear that at a parkrun in Singapore two silk worms changed each other to a race, and it ended in a tie.
And to the stats...
Sunderland parkrun | Event number 429 | 14th April 2018
This week 236 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Jane NIVEN • David WHITMORE • George William HURST • John AITKEN • Bill KIRK • John COSGROVE • Stephen SNOWBALL • Michael VICTORY • Anthony BOYES • Peter LAWSON • Michelle GORDON • Bill GORDON • Linda DODSWORTH • Pauline URWIN • Steve DODSWORTH • Catherine MAGOG • Andrew DOWSETT • Jo DOWSETT
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 5,763 participants have completed 56,443 parkruns covering a total distance of 282,215 km, including 9,303 new Personal Bests.