Despite the recent warm weather, event #288 got off to a rather damp start but that didn’t deter the 579 runners who assembled on the start line. Of the 579 finishers, 54 were first timers to Telford parkrun – 31 of whom were running their first, and hopefully not last, parkrun. It was my first run at Telford having made the near-150 mile trip down from Hull. I chose to run at Telford as two of my friends were running the Groundhog Marathon at Telford Athletics Club at 10am – whilst they elected to run 150.5 laps of an athletics track, I thought two laps of Telford Town Park would be a more sensible idea!
Having set off at 6am and arrived at 08:50, there was little time to get a warm up in, but after a warm welcome from the volunteering team it was straight to the start line. Having unfortunately arrived too late to listen to the first timers brief, I had to ask the 18:30 pacer what the course was like. Although he assured me it was flat, I was soon surprised by the fast downhill start, followed by a short, sharp incline which was tough on the legs. While most of the course is flat, you must watch out for the uphill finish!
Saturday morning saw a huge number of PBs with 102 runners recorded their best time on the Telford course – congratulations to all!
Five runners hit milestones this week; with Annabel HORNE and Katie GOUGH completing their 10th runs, Caroline RIGBY finished her 50th parkrun, and Holly RIGBY and Tony PERREN joined the 100 club. Congratulations to all!
Richard MCKENNA (VM40-44) of Shrewsbury AC was first over the line in 16:20, which was also a new PB.
Christopher ASHFORD (VM35-39) of Birmingham Running Athletics and Triathlon Club was second in 17:37.
Alex HOGGARD (SM25-29) of Selby Striders was third in 17:37.
Claire MARTIN (VW40-44) of Telford AC was first to finish in 19:53.
Emily GAPPER (JW11-14) of Wenlock Olympians was second in 21:06.
Jolanta STANEVICIENE (VW40-44) (Unattached) finished third in 21:50.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores;
Richard MCKENNA (VM40-44) was graded 84.80% for the time 16:20 (1st overall).
Pete SAVILL (VM65-69) was graded 82.60% for the time 20:30 (35th overall).
Robert LLOYD SMITH (VM45-49) was graded 80.43% for the time 17:38 (4th overall).
As ever, a big thank you to all the volunteers who enabled the event to go ahead;
Chris BAGSHAW, Phoebe BARNETT, Gareth BELLAMY, Lisa Kathryn BLAGDEN, Kevin BRIERLEY, Nicky BRIERLEY, Jim BUCKLE, Jessica CROZIER, Andrew CROZIER, Kim FAWKE, Dean GAPPER, Elysia GAPPER, John GARMSON, Dylan GILLETT, Andrew HARROP, Alex HOGGARD, Ian David HOPKINS, James INGRAM, Steven JONES, David MANSBRIDGE, Claire MARTIN, Eve MORRIS,Rob MOSES, Mark MOUNTFORD, Robert NORMAN, Paul O'BRIEN, Tony PREECE, Maggie PREECE, Alison PREECE, Charlie PREECE, Joel REED, Amelia REYNOLDS, Shannon RYAN-DAVIS, Paul SANDERSON, Lesley STEPHENSON, Branka SUKARA-FIELDING, Nigel TATTON, Adam TATTON, Lauren TUNHOLMER,
Saturday saw the Telford Athletic Club takeover, with the club providing many of the volunteers. If you’d like to have a go at volunteering, the roster for the next few weeks is available at; http://www.parkrun.org.uk/telford/futureroster/ or you can email; email@example.com
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who welcomed me to the event – I hope to see you again sometime in the future!