Our secret agent in the field has sent us their run report for this weekend's parkrun!
Good day to all the wonderful parkrunners and spectators and dogs, not to mention a few squirrels, ducks, geese, swans plus all the other wonderful wildlife that joined us all this morning at Valentines.
What a great morning it was; quite brisk in the air, but again it was dry, which is always a positive (but personally when it does rain it can be really nice too).
This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests, so well done to everyone, a great effort all round. More mentions on these super feats later in the report!
Great turn out of volunteers today: 17 in total! Massive applause goes to all listed below. Having volunteered myself at times, it really is a nice experience getting to see the runners, walkers, joggers, and sometimes seeing grimaces turn to amazing smiles at the realisation of personal achievements. I'm sure I have seen the odd dog smile too.
Vicki GROVES + Sadie (the dog) • Richard ASH • Andrew GWILLIAM • Charlotte NIELSEN • Simon THOMAS • Alison SCOTT • Qasim SHEIKH • Gaynor WHITE • Tony WHITE • Ed HOOKE • Suzie KNAPTON • Michael STEVENS • Mark DURRANT • Emil C. • Alex PATEL • Dowel AHMED • Uzayer MAQSOOD
Just an extra special mention for Emil who took the reins today as Run Director, and a top job was done, great stuff, and massive thank you from everyone!!!!!!
Fastest 3 females
Claire Louise SPENCER 18:40
Zena PHILLIPS 21:25
Sameena AHMED 22:39
It was Claire's and Zena's first time at Valentines, even though both have over 100 parkrun entries, and wow very fast indeed! Claire came in first overall with her wonderful canine (which I can only apologise for not knowing the name) but very well done. Having a little browse at Zena's stats, I can see she's another great runner, and it looks like she loves a bit of tourism too, which is always great. Sameena is always near the front end, another great run, very consistent, and always very close to her personal best (only 9 seconds from it this week).
Fastest 3 males
Aaron BROWNE 19:28
Simon THOMAS 19:29
Stuart KELLY 19:53
Aaron, Simon, and Stuart take the spoils for the fast men this week. Great work, all 3! Sadly these guys were miles from me, so hard to say if it was a charge to the line being that only 1 second separated the first 2, but great running by all 3. The 4th fastest runner was only 1 second behind Stuart. The fastest 6 men were all from East London Runners.
First-time ever parkrunners!
Okay yes I know I bleat on about this, but for me the people who turn up first time and take the plunge into the world of parkrun are all heroes in my eyes. It takes some courage to turn up to something you have maybe never done before with 200 or more other souls who you probably do not know; the thought must cross your mind "Am I quick enough to be here?" although the simple answer to that is you are always quick enough! No-one is ever too slow, that’s the beauty of parkrun, it’s all for one and one for all. If you see your name listed below well done, please come again, and most of all everyone hopes you enjoyed it.
Laura CANN, Sabina KHAN, Manoj SUDRA, Navjot BANSEL, Priya WAROO, Ying HU, Nadia AINLEY, Ria SUDRA, Jason FREEMAN, Alice HORNEY, Hamza ISLAM
Maybe you are a regular who has brought one of the above along to have a go, well done to you too, please make sure they get to read this report and see their name in lights so to speak.
First-time "tourists" at Valentines
The team at Valentines and all the regulars always like to see some tourists coming to visit. For me personally it adds to the enjoyment of parkrun, and is always nice to hear things like I heard today "love your course" (comment from a guy who went past me like I was going backwards). So with that said, please can we have a round of applause for the following bunch that came to have a tour for the first time at Valentines. I would love to list every tourist, but it is impossible to do once you have visited Valentines more than once, due to the way the results pages are organised, but please comment on our Facebook page and tell us what you liked or disliked... although we hope nothing on the later!
Claire Louise SPENCER, Nick KTORI, Zena PHILLIPS, Melanie SHEEHAN, Nicole SHEEHAN, Sabbir ESAT, Matthew William John BENNETT, Leslie CHU, Geoff BROWN, Paul W H MILLER, Mark DEWDNEY, Kevin BARKER, Kim MAN, Richard SMITH, Katie MAN, Michele SULLIVAN, Andy CLEGG, Joan BARKER, Ryan LOWE, Ella OWEN, Karla WILLIAMS, Chris CANN, Kathy BROWN.
Only two official milestones this week, but a little bit special as both runners have done all 50 of their runs at Valentines. Huge congratulations go to:
Baljinder MATHARU joins the 50 club
Sweta MANAPURAM Joins the 50 club
If you know Bajinder or Sweta make sure you shake their hand, as it is a great achievement!
Personal Bests at Valentines
Yet again so many people have run, walked, and jogged around Valentines quicker than they ever have before! What an epic achievement.
If you see below your name or that of someone you know personally, pat them on the back, as going quicker than you ever have before at a course is and always should be a great motivation to you and many others who maybe this week did not quite make it. Seeing others do so well can only spur everyone on to greatness!
Mark WELLING 40:21
Duncan MCLAREN 40:08
Noorjahan BEGUM 38:16
Imran MIRZA 37:03
Carly LEZER 36:12
Frances WELLING 35:48
Junaid CAMPWALA 35:33
George MASON 33:27
Carla VILJOEN 33:34
Gemma SLADE 33:35
Melanie EADON 32:58
Haddi BROWNE 32:20
Anna MAN 31:47
Manuela ROSSMAR 30:52
Quresh HASHMI 30:02
Natalie ALDHAM 28:58
Julia SHMOTKINA 28:09
Gillian CARTER 27:33
Cathy OWEN 27:08
Elisabeth RICKARD 26:26
Bilkis ACHHA 26:07
Daniel PEREIRA 25:30
Simon WAN 25:22
Zen SINGH 25:11
Hardeep KAUR 24:44
Jacob JOSEPH 22:38
Mark GILBERT 21:15
Very well done everyone!!!!!!!!!!
Report is a little shorter today, as I have been invited to a fellow parkrunner's house for a party to celebrate their birthday (you know who you are), so with that I will bid everyone farewell, and hope to see you all and more at next week’s Valentines parkrun for more fun, frolics, and shenanigans.
The Valentines Reporter