The path known as Strava segment “Windmill to Parkside Diagonal” has been off limits for the past few weeks due to a hornet infestation. (Perhaps it was just a single nest but lets have some drama.) This week, the hornets were gone and we were back - with a small caveat. While trotting down Hornet Alley lap two, I noticed a marked discord from the trees above. The crows, it seems, were very vocal in their opinions on our return to normality as they unashamedly shouted comments. "Oooh, I don't like that plumage, it's not very black."
This week saw the handing of the Collins cup to Steven Johnson with the completion of his 200th run. Sadly for him, the cup was not present and according to race director Alastair Brown, Steven is going to have to run next week to claim it.
Jane Scoon ran her 50th and brought a balloon to mark the occasion. David Sansom also clocked 50, but didn’t bring any balloons.
Finishing tokens; we started on a new lot. Once again, the race director’s briefing contained a request for these tokens to be returned and not retained. "They are not souvenirs", Alastair reminded us.
So far this year, 168 Different people volunteered. Just 32 new volunteers to go and we reach Charles Hampden-Smith's goal of 200 for the year. We can do it.
Photographer Guy Gibbons captures the morning.
Keith Macintosh entering “Windmill to Parkside Diagonal” (aka Hornet Alley). "Are you sure the hornets are gone?" Go on, zoom in on his face - it's worth the effort whatever your reading device.
Colours! Watch out crows, here we come.
Next time you're lying in bed on parkrunday thinking up excuses, remember this picture and simply bring those excuses with you. They might enjoy it. The dog looks happy.
This week there were 399 runners, of whom 49 were first timers and 105 recorded new Personal Bests.
In the men, Jonny Earl took his 7th first in 17:07. Behind him was Jacob Landers in 17:30 then David Lewin in 17:44.
In the ladies, Alex Binley complete two out of two as first finisher in a time of 20:01. Next was Sarah Green in 21:06 and Sophie Roanna Kirk in 21:11.
Lloyd Hodgson was age graded at 79.78% for his time of 19:47, Eoin O'Connell at 78.41% for 18:13 and Jonny Earl at 75.95% for his winning time of 17:07.
In the men's annual points competition, Peter Alasdair Fergus Collins leads with his 10625 points; he’s followed by, Nick McKay with 90460 points and Charles Hampden-Smith with 9658. In the women’s, Liz Ostrowski leads with 11181 points, followed by Natalie Fell with 9391 and Jasmine Paradinas with 9324.
Thanks to Guy Gibbons for the pictures.
Words Peter Metcalf.