A combination of new year's resolutions and perfect running conditions ensured a strong turnout for our run this morning - 331 runners and a full complement of volunteers. Our 47 registered first timers included 17 parkrun debuts. As a first Saturday in the month, this was a paced event, so special thanks to all our pacers who together covered every time from 22 to 33 minutes. New year's resolutions apply as much to organisers - hence getting this report written and published on the day of the event!
The most quotable statistic of the day has to be the number of new Personal Bests: 79 - very nearly a third (actually 32%) of the participants who had run here before. I imagine it was partly down to the conditions, and partly the impact of having pacers to chase. Well done to all, whatever the reason. Special mention among the PBs has to go to Archangelo Power, who has run here over 150 times.
Looking at individual fastest times - the first three home were Tom Cowling (18:03), Thomas Avery (18:28) and Marcus Craven (19:03) - two PBs and a first timer between them. In fact the first six were all first timers (2) or PBs (4) - so Paul Collyer in 7th was the first person to finish without setting a new personal best time!
The first woman to finish was Lily Woolcock (21:05), followed by Monique Sapla (21:38) and Jennifer Wing (21:46). Monique and Jennifer both featured in a rare cluster of very close finishers - 15 runners within 20 seconds between 21:30 and 21:50 - stress testing our timers and token handlers at the finish line even before the first pacer came home. They of course passed the test!
Although the first Saturday of the new year traditionally has a high turnout, the following weekend has always (bar one year) been even higher. So keep up the resolutions and the training - and see you next week!