After last weekend’s glorious Easter sunshine, 367 hardy souls braved the cold and blustery conditions thanks to Storm Hannah and ran, jogged or walked their way around Arrow Valley’s two lap lakeside course.
Despite the drab conditions, as usual at AVPR everyone was happy and excited to be getting their weekend off to a good start with fresh air, a bit of exercise, a chat with their fellow runners and a well deserved cup of tea and cake afterwards in the café.
Today there were a lot of runners completing big milestones. A special well done to the following athletes:
• Peter GOLBY
• Andrew BENNETT
• Paul ELVY
• Grace WRIGHT
We ran from the alternative start today due to the presence of the fun fair. Although often thought of as a slightly slower than our usual start, nonetheless there were 43 fantastic PBs achieved today. The high number of PBs was perhaps due today being the last run of the month and therefore pacer week. Runners were spurred on by blue-vested volunteer pacers as well as being cheered on by our fantastic High-Viz heroes.
The first three gents home this week were:
1. Unknown (remember your bar code folks!)
2. Mark APPLETON in 17.19
3. Ben CRONE in 18.37.
The first three ladies were:
1. Natasha DENT in 21.06 (a great new PB for Natasha)
2. Ellie PARDY in 21.51
3. Melanie HEPKE in 22.33.
39 parkrunners completed their first event at Arrow Valley today of which 16 people were first timers at parkrun. Thank you to those who picked Arrow Valley for your first ever parkrun – we loved welcoming you today.
This was run 357 at Arrow Valley and in position number 357 was Janet CRIPPS in a time of 46.12 – well done Janet!
This weekend marks the 39th London Marathon event with thousands of runners due to hit the streets of the capital raising money for a number of fantastic charities. One runner who has been hitting the headlines this week is 85 year old Ken Jones who has participated in every single London Marathon since its conception and who will be the oldest competitor in this year’s race. Here at Arrow Valley we are delighted to see runners of all ages amongst our number and a special shout out this week goes to the following runners in the VM70-74 and VW70-74 categories who show that age is but a number:
1. Bill GROOM in 99th position with a time of 25.46.
2. Francis MONK in 156th position with a time of 27.52.
3. Doug RICHARDS in 191st position with a time of 29.10
4. Marlane PRICE in 303rd position with a time of 35.20 (fabulous PB Marlane!)
5. Margaret CAMPION in 341st position with a time of 39.19.
Ken Jones’ top tip for other runners is to try and run with others because ‘they’ll encourage you and you’ll make a lot of friends’. With that, I think Ken has absolutely hit the nail on the head and captured the essence of what parkrun is about. Today marked my 50th parkrun milestone and I came along with my friend Hannah OWEN. Hannah dragged a very reluctant me along to my first ever parkrun in 2016 and it would be fair to say that running was not my favourite of activities. Three years on and running is now one of my favourite hobbies and I always look forward to my Saturday morning parkrun. I have met so many interesting people and made a lot of friends through parkrun and through running so a big THANK YOU to Hannah for introducing me to parkrun and THANK YOU to all the wonderful volunteers at parkrun today for encouraging me and all the other runners along the course.
A massive good luck to all those Arrow Valleyers taking part in the London Marathon tomorrow and also the Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon – we look forward to hearing about it next week!