I am one of a growing number of parkrun tourists who seek to visit as many parkruns as possible all over the country. I am based in Winchester but a family holiday in Brixham gave me an excellent opportunity to visit Torbay, one of the newest additions to the increasing number of Devon parkruns.
I arrived early and met a number of the volunteers who were extremely helpful and really enthusiastic about parkrun, something that is lovely to see in such a new community. I also met some other tourists, one from Exeter Riverside and one from Cwmbran, both of whom were looking forward to trying Torbay for the first time. In addition there were also tourists from Farnham, Leeds and Ipswich!
The first timers' briefings and run brief were both expertly delivered and we lined up on the start line raring to go, and with the briefest of countdowns we were off.
The first thing that struck me is how quick the first section is, with wide flat tarmac and sweeping curves it made for a swift start and I soon slipped into racing driver mode...looking for the quickest way into and out of the corners, drafting behind people on the windy sections, and overtaking and being overtaken on long straights. It was a lot of fun and I recorded my fastest first 2 miles for some time!
We were directed off of the track and, as per the run brief, were guided onto the playing fields that accompany the sports centre. It was here that it got a bit tricky for my road shows and I found myself slipping and sliding a little. The third mile was definitely my slowest but was pleased with my finish and my time, only a couple of seconds off of a 2017 best.
I was struck by how family orientated the run was and was pleased to see so many juniors running, and running so fast!
I really enjoyed my morning and would love to visit again in the future if I am ever down this way!
The morning was exceptionally well organised by the excellent team of volunteers. This weeks hi-viz volunteer heroes were:
Alison FORD, Angus GLASS, Bridget WILLIAMS, Chad NELSON, Craig MCGUIRE, Eileen SEVERN, Fleur RICKLIN, Gary BRENTON, Huseyin KEMAL, Ian HAYWARD, Jill LIARDET, Joanne LEY, Julia GLASS, Kerry BELL, Martha NEAL, Ole DODWELL, Samantha FROGGATT, Sara Jane CROZIER, Sarah ADDIS, Shaun MCKERNAN, Simon GILBOY, Stephen WILBRAHAM, Steve HOOKINS, Steve MADDOCK and Tom WRIGHT
There were 12 unknown runners. If you have yet to register, please do so and bring your barcode along next week! www.parkrun.org.uk/register/
Random quirky result...congratulations to Steve Taylor who finished in 7thplace in his 7th parkrun!
Here are some stats:
In last 11 weeks Torbay has had....
New Registrations: 950
Volunteer Occasions: 246
Today results can be found here : http://www.parkrun.org.uk/torbayvelopark/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=11
Torbay Velopark parkrun
Event number 11
18th March 2017
This week 193 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Torbay Velopark parkrun Results Page.
Tom FOULERTON (VM40-44) of Leamington C and AC, was first over the line in 17:21 - first appearance.
Jason HURFORD (SM25-29) of Torbay AAC, was second over the line in 18:12 - was first to finish once before.
Liam LINDON (SM30-34) of South Devon AC, was third over the line in 18:41.
Naomi Rebecca FLANAGAN (SW30-34) of Torbay AAC, was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:33 - 5thtime in 5 appearances.
Katie HINE (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (29th overall) over the line in 22:32.
Kerry BELL (VW50-54) of South Devon AC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 23:11.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Evalyn FLANAGAN (VW65-69) – 82.82% for the time 25:37 (61st overall).
Tom FOULERTON (VM40-44) – 78.67% for the time 17:21 (first overall).
Sally DAVIES (VW60-64) – 78.45% for the time 25:50 (72nd overall).
The female record is held by Naomi Rebecca FLANAGAN who recorded a time of 00:19:11 on 28th January 2017 (event number 5).
The male record is held by David AWDE who recorded a time of 00:16:20 on 4th March 2017 (event number 9).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter MONAGHAN who recorded 84.49% (17:44) on 14th January 2017 (event number 3).
Torbay Velopark parkrun started on 31st December 2016. Since then 1,156 participants have completed 2,794 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,970 km, including 784 new Personal Bests.