Personal Trainer Pete Burton kicked off with a warm up to get everybody into the mood. The sun kissed 134 finishers (including 16 newbies), ll volunteers, 3 pacers and a smattering of spectators today and doesn't it make us all feel more cheerful and friendly.
Congratulations to our first man over the line Richard Edmonds who thundered home alone. Second was Jamie Bailey and third was Lee Page. First timer Tracey Amos from Folkestone RC was first over the line, with Penny Birchall second and Julia Marshal third.
Congratulations this week go to Junior Leila Robertson on her 10th run and also to Linda White as the winner of the Sweatshop prize for April. Read her story later in the week. Well done to each and every one of the 19 who had a PB this week, but especially to Faye Wyard who was under 35 minutes for the first time and Jon Turnbull under 25. Welcome to Ayo ADEBIYI who after a meeting with Tina during the week decided to give us a go and completed the course after years as a non runner! Hope to see more of you.
Also huge thanks to Junior Annabelle Sandom and Nancy McDonald who undertook scanning and timing for the first time this week.
We have been keen to see the average number of runners per week get to the 100 mark, this week we are close to 97. It wasn't until round about event 77 that we had a regular number of 100 and above so there is quite a bit of levelling. We need more than 134-137 per week over the next four weeks to get there. We will celebrate when we achieve that milestone!
Quite a few summer runs coming up, enough to satisfy the thirsty and the timid! Tomorrow is Sittingbourne 10k, 26th is the Folkestone 10k. There is an interesting Maidstonre Riverside run on 9th June which starts with a train ride! http://www.riderhq.com/events/66783/the-maidstone-riverside-run/102031/10km/enter. There is the Samphire Hoe 5k evening runs starting 22nd May, Rye summer evening 10k runs stating 5th July www.nice-work.org.uk, Man on the Run 14th July (Men only need apply) www.manontherun.org, and the Race for Life 30th June (Females only need apply!).
There are now two teams for the Saxon Shore Relay 15th June from parkrun fraternity. Those taking part are, Whitstable parkrun Team, Mike Leiberman, Andy Beeching, Alex Horsley, Martin Leggatt and Adam Cowper-Smith. The second team, which doesn't have a name yet are Jay Bailey, Lisa and Chris Reid, Dennis Brandrick and Mark Sandom. Well done guys and Lisa, enjoy.
There are a lots of things that needs to be thought about and organised to get a parkrun active on a Saturday morning. You have only one thing to remember...YOUR BARCODE! Please bring it. You can print off half a dozen at a time, thats one in the car, running jacket, running trousers, in the mobile holder, in purse/wallet or as a necklace. If you can laminate them so much the better. Soggy, ink smudged or torn paper barcodes don't work very well. If there is a problem with your barcode or you do not an up-to-date printer, we are happy to print and laminate one for you. Most parkruns will not give you a time if you do not have your barcode...as happened to a female first over the line at Shorne Woods last week.
Happy running, see your next week. The parkrun report follows:
Event number 133
18th May 2013
Richard EDMONDS (18
Jay BAILEY (SM20-24) of Invicta East Kent AC, was second over the line in 19:04 - Has been first to finish on 3 previous occassions.
Lee PAGE (SM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:19.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jay BAILEY (Invicta East Kent AC) 2439 pts.
Adam COWPER-SMITH (Unattached) 2251 pts.
Russell EVANS (Canterbury Harriers) 2183 pts.
Tracy AMOS (VW40-44) of Folkestone Running Club, was first (17th overall) over the line in 22:31 - first appearance.
Penny BIRCHALL (VW55-59) of Canterbury Harriers, was second (25th overall) over the line in 23:00.
Julia MARSHALL (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 23:28.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lucy CLARKE (Invicta East Kent AC) 2589 pts.
Sonia Jane MCNALLY (Unattached) 2557 pts.
Julia MARSHALL (Unattached) 2410 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Penny BIRCHALL (VW55-59) was graded 78.70 % for the time 23:00 (25th overall).
Jennifer LUCAS (VW55-59) was graded 71.78 % for the time 25:13 (50th overall).
Hugh Paul GOSTELOW (VM55-59) was graded 70.17 % for the time 21:54 (8th overall).
This week there were 134 runners, of whom 15 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part.
Whitstable parkrun started on 6th November 2010, and since then 1,887 different runners, including participants from 153 athletics clubs, have completed 12,918 runs covering a total distance of 64,590 km, and there have been 2,640 new Personal Bests.
The Women's course record is held by Charlotte MASON who ran in a time of 18:17 on 28th July 2012 (event number 90).
The Men's course record is held by Jason PRICKETT who ran in a time of 16:10 on 5th November 2011 (event number 53).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jenny BROWN who recorded a 87.67 % run (19:36) on 26th November 2011 (event number 56).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Whitstable parkrun Results Page.