As we feared that the parkrun scheduled for this morning (3rd March) would have to be cancelled, which indeed it was, we deliberately held back publishing last weekend's run report so that our parkrunners could still get a bit of their weekly parkrun fix!
With thanks as always to our mysterious cloaked reporter in the field:
Your local newshound Valentines reporter here, I have been lying low as the Ilford Recorder wrote a great article about our birthday bash last week and I was jealous. Why should the Ilford Recorder get all the glory when they clearly used my words in their write up!!!! Grrrr...
Heheeh, just kidding, it was a great article, and well done to our volunteer photographer for the day (Louis Du Plessis) for getting his pictures in the paper.
Well knock me down with a feather, blinking cold today wasn’t it? 9.00am Valentines park sure was brrrrrrrrrrr! Lots of headscarves, people keeping jackets firmly on for the run; of course there are always a few like myself, wearing shorts and a T-shirt. (I'm trying to say it isn’t cold through chattering teeth!)
The numbers were down a little but nevertheless 218 hardy souls braved the elements, and stomped around our great park. Added to that, an amazing oh yes amazing 14 even braver souls picked up their tokens, their scanners, their amazing attitudes, and did the volunteer stint, which when it's real cold is a huge undertaking. We also had 30 first-timers (including tourists of course), and 22 ice men/women set new personal bests. More of those terrific feats later.
I really do hope the people listed below didn't take too long to warm up again afterwards, as wow it was chilly; so a massive huge thank you from everyone to the wonderful hi viz legends:
Katherine HARRIS • Pathrose LOUIS • Sathanandasundaram ALAGANANDASUNDARAM • Rakesh SANDHU • Sheila SINCLAIR • Qasim SHEIKH • Asha SANDHU • Ed HOOKE • Mark DURRANT • Emil C. • Dennis BRIGGS • Kavi JESHRAM • Nikki LOVETT • Uzayer MAQSOOD
FASTEST 3 MEN
Ciaran CANAVAN 18:40
Jason SYRETT 19:29
Tom JOY 19:34
Last week we had a great bunch of younger runners come along and really do very well. This week it seems the more mature gentlemen have come out of the woods, and smashed it out the park to dominate the front of the pack. Tom Joy's first time at Valentines (hope you liked it), Ciaran was only 4 seconds from his own personal best at Valentines, with Jason splitting the 2. Great running everyone.
FASTEST 3 WOMEN
Sameena AHMED 22:07
Carol BROOME 22:48
Laurelle BRANT 23:29
So once again Sameena and Carol take the first 2 places, with both in the 22-minute bracket. Such great consistent running from both. Laurelle came home in third, which is another great run as she has been 2nd or 3rd woman to finish in all her attempts at Valentines.
FIRST TIME EVER AT PARKRUN
Great effort by the people listed here: 11 in total, who took today (and yes it was cold, did I mention that?) to enter the world of parkrun for the first time. Really great stuff, please return next week [i.e. 10th March]. We cannot guarantee it will be warmer, but the smiles will be just as big.
Ronaldo DRIZA, Aditya PATIL, Claire ENNIS, Govin MATHU, Max BELCASTRO WICKETT, Kashan ARSHAD, Nahida HUSSAIN, Karam MATHU, Katie ENNIS, Rabia BUTT, Palvinder MATHU,
FIRST TIME AT VALENTINES/TOURISTS
Wow what a great bunch of first-time tourists we had today. All 19 of you, thank you so much for coming to visit, really hope you enjoyed, and really hope to see you all again very soon.
Tracey GRIGOLEIT, Sam BATES, Hayden BATES, Les PULLEN, Craig CARPENTER, Laura Joan HALL, Orla DEAN, Helen FERNANDES, Karen RICHARDSON, Lavina BHAMBRA, Kie FARRELL, Wayne LEE, David HALLYBONE, Gail CARR, Millie LOXTON, Ian DESLOW, Peter HALL, Ian Grant RICHARDSON, Tom JOY
Bilkis ACHHA 100 CLUB
Roberta MIH 250 CLUB
Charlotte NIELSEN 250 CLUB
3000 km between them, that equates to 1864 miles. Manama in Bahrain is only 74 km further from London than these 3 legends have ran!!!!
Huge congratulations, and we cannot wait to see the T-shirts!
Wendy WILLIAMS 41:30 - Looking at Wendy’s stats it seems she last hit a PB in August 2017 then there seems to be a gap, maybe injury? Then 4 regular runs this year, and bang! a brand new PB. Amazing stuff.
Louis DU PLESSIS 37:08 - So it seems Louis isn’t just a great photographer, he has some speed in those legs too; great PB.
Caroline WARD 35:30 - Caroline hits 2 personal bests in a row, great running
Imran MIRZA 35:18 - Just like Caroline above, 2 personal best in a row
Damo O'C 35:10 - Great stuff as now 3 personal bests in a row!
Ryan LOWE 32:32 - Knocking almost 20 seconds from previous PB, awesome
Ava BAILEY 31:41 - Another who has 3 personal bests in a row!
Nagarajan AYYADURAI 31:34 - Over 180 seconds wiped from his PB, amazing!
Chinua JOHNSON 31:03 - Top effort as now 4 personal bests in a row
Barry TAVENER 29:58 - Barry is on fire with 2 personal bests in a row!
Scott SUMMERS 29:16 - Scott knocks over 120 seconds from his PB for Valentines
Tony WICKETT 29:01 - Over 80 seconds wiped from his personal best
Nancy PALUMBO 24:00 - Wow over 180 seconds quicker than ever before!
Ed HOOKE 23:51 - 2 personal bests in a month, Ed is on fire!
Michael SUTTON 22:41 - 120 seconds faster than his previous PB!
Rodney MARTINS 22:38 - Another star who recorded 2 PBs in February
Emran HUSSAIN 21:51 - Another who has achieved 2 PBs in a row!
Saheb YOUSEFI 21:43 - A great PB, beating a time set in 2015!
Emmet FITZGIBBON 21:30 - Breaking into the 21-minute band at Valentines!!
John O'SULLIVAN 21:25 - Yet another 10 seconds wiped from his PB!
Paul David MITCHELL 20:27 - Smashes a PB set way back in 2012 on our original course at Valentines.
Well done all listed above, really great stuff! But can you better it again next time?
Huge thank you to all from the running clubs and other groups listed here, who were all represented by their runners/walkers/joggers today [and also amongst the volunteers, although our results page doesn't show that]:
Barking Road Runners, Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC, Cambridge and Coleridge AC, Cambridge Harriers, Chigwell and Epping Forest Orienteering Club, Dagenham 88 Runners, Defence Sports & Recreation, Didsbury Runners, Drax All-Stars, East London Runners, Hydrographic Harriers, Ilford AC, Medway Runners Wolfpack, Sikhs In The City, Stone Master Marathoners, Thurrock Harriers AC, Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, West 4 Harriers, Women Running at E14, Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies, and Zombies, Run!
7 runners today had ran over or on 250 runs, with James Harrison being most at 291.
Also a mention for one of our visiting tourists, Tracey GRIGOLEIT who at 249 is so close to that next milestone; good luck for your 250!!!
Dave BEARD (48:09) also deserves a mention today as he enters into the VM70-75 category, I do not know Dave personally, only by sight, but have to say week in week out it's always great to see him, as no matter what the weather/conditions are, he is always smiling. Inspirational to all!!!! Keep it up Dave, you have a big fan here!!
Happy parkrunning, everybody!
The Valentines Reporter!