I've recently been on my travels, visiting a number of different parkruns. This means that today was only my 2nd visit to Winchester in 5 months! As Dorothy said in The Wizard of Oz "there's no place like home"!
Last week I was on the Isle of Wight and ran my parkrun in the rain and gale force winds that storm Brian brought. This week could not have been more different; sunny, nicely cool and not a breathe of wind. In short...perfect running conditions.
We arrived at the park slightly later than usual but in enough time to catch up with Sarah and Tom, RDs for the day, and Ann, fresh from her Great South Run last weekend. In fact, there were a large number of people sporting GSR tshirts. Well done everyone!!
Going back to Winchester reminded me why I love parkrun. I have made so many friends because of it and it was so nice to see them this morning.
As usual I was running with Elsie in the buggy and we were gunning for a buggy running PB. So we lined up near the front and went for it!
The course has benefitted from the last few days sunshine and it was firm under foot, which made the buggy running slightly easier. We started at a good pace and got into an excellent rhythm.
The marshals on course were superb, as ever, and gave everyone great encouragement.
Elsie enjoyed cheering people on as we ran round and at one point she even spotted a duck (very exciting when you are 18 months old)!
We were soon on the final straight and crossed the line knackered but happy with our run. We stayed and cheered everyone in; it was great to see how hard people were working and how much enjoyment everyone got from their morning.
Later in the day, when I got my text, I found that I had beaten my buggy PB by 2 seconds. There were 59 runners who got proper PBs today. Amazing running if you were one of them!
There were a number of milestone runs today. These were:
Jon Camfield - 100
Bart Huby - 50
Erin Sheffield - jnr10
Tom Talks - jnr10
Eva Munden - jnr10
Congratulations and I hope you get your shiny new t-shirts soon.
There were 12 first timers today! Welcome to the parkrun family! There were also 21 first time visitors to Winchester, including runners from Cape Town and New Jersey!
This week's run wouldn't have been possible without the following volunteers:
Peter ALDRIDGE, Julia BROOK, Su BROWNING, David CORNFORTH, Kate DEW, Luke DIXON, Drew K FORREST, Hayley GILES, Janice HARMER, Simon HOLMAN, Imi HORNSBY, David HOWELLS, Stu JAMES, Alan MAGEE, Nathalie NICHOLLS, Katherine PIKE, Sarah Anne REID, Jessica REID, Tom REID, Sallie RODERICK, Peter ROUND, Catherine SAUNDERS, Marion SHARPE, Robin SPEED, Ann STANHOPE, John SWEENEY, Jane THOMAS
Here are this week's stats:
This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Winchester parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Andy GREENLEAF who recorded a time of 15:40 on 31st May 2014 (event number 60).
The female record is held by Carmen SANCHEZ TORIBIO who recorded a time of 17:20 on 16th May 2015 (event number 112).
The Age Grade course record is held by Alan MURCHISON who recorded 88.01% (15:59) on 26th September 2015 (event number 129).
Winchester parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 7,374 participants have completed 48,855 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,275 km, including 9,057 new Personal Bests.