Mist and moisture was the order of the day at 9am this Saturday. The Andover runners, walkers and joggers surprised me yet again with a great turnout on a pretty grey and soggy day.
And in difficult conditions there were some inspirational results out there. Solomon Lane cemented his growing reputation and has firmly moved from “one to watch for the future” to someone who has definitely arrived. Another victory for him in a cracking time of 18:11. And Kirsty Coltart recorded her first win in 4 appearances by finishing in another great time of 20:10, with a PB to boot.
What other highlights were there? Matt Morton finishing in yet another top 10 finish, Dougie Brisco gradually returning to form and fitness, Rob King sneaking ahead of colleague and fellow teacher Ian Oldacre for a PB, and Amanda Tattersall once again, chipping away at her PB.
A few other mentions – Matt Jones and Linda Wiltshire, Matt for missing his PB by 4 seconds despite a herculean finish, and Linda for missing hers by the merest 2 seconds.
And some special mentions for some special people. Andover regulars Luke Pierce, Kevin Warters , Jan North and of course2011/12 ladies annual points winner Sarah Jones all celebrated their 50th parkrun this week. T-shirts on the way ladies and gents!
And embarrassingly, of all the people to forget to mention, I forget my very own 9 year old niece – Anna Simmonds, who celebrated her 10th parkrun this weekend. Congratulations Anna, t-shirt on the way!
Thanks to all my volunteers this week: Jon Greenhalgh, Paul North, Kevin Warters, Sarah Jones, Martin Welsh, Matt Lane and Mark Curtis.
NEXT WEEK IS HALLOWEEN week, so fancy dress please folks (if you want to, that is!).
Oh and one more thing. Please, please, please, try to remember your barcodes!
Here is a feast of stats for you in the meantime. Happy running.
Solomon LANE (JM15-19) of Andover AC, was first over the line in 18:11 - 5th time in 24 appearances.
Harry FITZPATRICK (JM15-19) of Andover AC, was second over the line in 19:11.
Robert James CLIFFE (VM45-49) of Andover AC, was third over the line in 19:17 - Was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Mark CURTIS (Andover AC) 1167 pts.
Philip NORTH (Unattached) 1024 pts.
James MASTERS (Unattached) 972 pts.
Kirsty COLTART (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:10 - first time in 4 appearances.
Caitlin KILLICK (JW14) of Andover AC, was second (24th overall) over the line in 23:42.
Olivia MILLS (JW14) of Andover AC, was third (27th overall) over the line in 24:42.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Jan NORTH (Unattached) 1053 pts.
Patricia COLLYER (Unattached) 997 pts.
Ruth KAY (Unattached) 975 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Kirsty COLTART (VW35-39) was graded 75.37 % for the time 20:10 (7th overall).
Solomon LANE (JM15-19) was graded 75.34 % for the time 18:11 (first overall).
Robert James CLIFFE (VM45-49) was graded 75.28 % for the time 19:17 (third overall).
This week there were 84 runners, of whom 9 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different athletics clubs took part.
Andover parkrun started on 16th July 2011, and since then 976 different runners, including participants from 71 athletics clubs, have completed 4,943 runs covering a total distance of 24,715 km, and there have been 1,184 new Personal Bests.
The Women's course record is held by Sandra BOWERS who ran in a time of 17:29 on 22nd October 2011 (event number 15).
The Men's course record is held by Richard WARD who ran in a time of 16:11 on 5th June 2012 (event number 48).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sandra BOWERS who recorded a 86.08 % run (17:29) on 22nd October 2011 (event number 15).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Andover parkrun Results Page.