So we have a guest run report writer this week ... Thanks Kevin, we're glad your 50th different parkrun was with us! and huge congratulations to Michael! I'll hand over now ... Debs
I was looking forward to this parkrunday as it was going to be a special milestone run! My 302nd parkrun was going to be my 50th different parkrun course. In tourist terms, a "cow" (hence my cow socks and hat). Having not run at Wimpole Estate before I read the course description and noticed there was a hill...........more on that later!
We travelled to Cambridge on Friday afternoon and had a meal in our hotel, a 2 course meal deal which included a drink. One of our party didn't want one of the free drinks on the menu, quick as a flash I said "I'll have it", perhaps this was why I volunteered to push the buggy the following morning at parkrun
As we got to Wimpole, we put the buggy together, checked the wheels for air and headed to start. I missed the "3, 2, 1 Go" as I was trying to ensure the straps of the buggy were tight enough to ensure my 19 month old passenger couldn't climb out mid run. No need to worry though as after talking away to everyone running with us up until half way he then promptly fell asleep! Usually when I'm running with the buggy I like the courses to be flat and mostly tarmac, Wimpole Estate parkrun was neither – perhaps I should have turned down the free drink and let someone else push the buggy. As I made my way round the course we came to the hill, I thought it was going ok until I asked someone "is this the hill?" they said "no"!!! – "Wow" is all I can say. That is a monster of an incline, I staggered on with the buggy and was so happy to get to the top and have a bit of a rest with a slight downhill section
When I got to the end, 213th position I reflected on a stunning course, great views, loads of variety with ups and downs, bridges, the lake, the hall, cows and sheep – brilliant. In 50 different parkruns I have run on the sea front (Gorleston), in a field of 18 (Dolgellau), on a freezing cold rainy New Year's day (Aberystwyth), 5 laps of a common in London (Highbury Fields), next to a football ground (Fulham Palace), fell over in the mud (Daventry), felt ill on a rickety bridge over a lake (Kettering)............I could go on but I think I'm trying to say that all courses are different and each have their own memorable features however I'll remember Wimpole Estate for that hill!!
Thank you so much to all of the volunteers on the day who made it a great parkrun morning.
This week's heroes in yellow, thank you to -
David ABBOTT, Tom BEACH, Liz BISSET, Richard BOLM, N CARTWRIGHT, Colm CROWLEY, Peter DUTHIE, Jeremy DYER, Charlotte DYER, Tina FILBY, Sandra GAYLOR, Caroline HOLMES, James HOLMES, Bill MATTHEWS, Libby MITCHELL, Katrina NETHERCOTT, Colin NEWMAN, Christopher NORFOLK, Diane POTTER, Gareth THOMAS, Gareth THOMPSON, Kevin TOMKINSON, Scott WHITE, Debs WHITE, Naomi WRYCROFT
Congratulations to the following Wimpole parkrunners who entered one of the parkrun clubs at the event
250 club - Michael BRENTNALL – 87 at Wimpole, 139 at Cambridge, 4 at Bury St Edmunds, 2 at Huntingdon, Holkham, King's Lynn, Sheringham, Peterborough, Valentines and 1 at Woodhouse Moor, Druridge Bay, Bryn Bach, Workington, Durham, South Manchester, Colby and Brandon Country Park
100 club – Joy HENDERSON – 58 at Wimpole, 29 at Cambridge, 2 at Panshanger, 1 at Huntingdon, Hatfield Forest, Westmill, Haverhill, Blickling, Stevenage, Colchester Castle, Ellenbrook Fields, Victoria, Sheringham and Bury St Edmunds
Tim PORTER – 82 at Wimpole, 5 at Brandon Country Park, 3 at Bury St Edmunds, 2 at Sheringham, Westmill and 1 at Cambridge, Panshanger, Huntingdon, Stevenage, Thetford and Peterborough
5 stats from Wimpole Estate parkrun this week
This was event 265. In 265th position was Unknown! Don't forget your barcode next week
25 volunteers made the event possible this week. In 25th position was Paul PHILLIPS who completed his 225th parkrun in 21:25
61 new PB's this week. In 61st position was Wayne MCCULLOCH who completed his 24th parkrun in 23:29
The average run time for the event (overall) is 28:56. This week no one matched this time. 1st timer Michael GOODHART was the closest with 28:57
Position number of the week = 188 – Laura THOMPSON who completed her 153rd parkrun in 28:19
This week there was 61 personal bests recorded.
Here is a list of the parkrunners with over 50 runs who achieved a PB this week –
Gill PRINGLE - 34:06 - 126 parkruns
Richard MYCROFT - 24:19 - 64 parkruns
Tim STREET - 18:04 - 54 parkruns
Well done to all achieving a PB this week
49 first timers took part this week, for 25 of them this was their 1st parkrun.
Well done to all the 1st times, hope you enjoyed your parkrun and you will be back next week
This week 370 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Tom BEACH • Diane POTTER • Katrina NETHERCOTT • Peter DUTHIE • Liz BISSET • Kevin TOMKINSON • Colm CROWLEY • Christopher NORFOLK • Gareth THOMAS • Gareth THOMPSON • Caroline HOLMES • James HOLMES • Charlotte DYER • Jeremy DYER • N CARTWRIGHT • Scott WHITE • Debs WHITE • Bill MATTHEWS • Richard BOLM • Libby MITCHELL • Tina FILBY • Colin NEWMAN • David ABBOTT • Sandra GAYLOR • Naomi WRYCROFT
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:45 on 15th July 2017 (event number 228).
The female record is held by Emma BAILEY who recorded a time of 17:39 on 10th March 2018 (event number 258).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary HOLMES who recorded 90.31% (28:22) on 6th September 2014 (event number 85).
Wimpole Estate parkrun started on 12th January 2013. Since then 9,391 participants have completed 66,534 parkruns covering a total distance of 332,670 km, including 10,855 new Personal Bests.
Wimpole now has 6146 registered parkrunners