The weather forecast may have put a few people off after our bumper crop of parkrunners last week, but the weather sprites were kind to the intrepid 471 who took on and conquered our modest incline leaving them only mildly moist. Perhaps luckily we had no volunteer photographer this week, as they would have struggled to find our parkrunners in the mist.
We welcomed 69 (dude!) people to Ashton Court who had never been before, and we would love to see as many of them come back again as possible, if only to have a look at the views that can be available en route in better weather. Of our first timers, 38 of them were taking on their first ever parkrun and we hope to see them again soon as they have now embarked on their parkrun journey.
We were also joined by some more experienced parkrunners from across the country trying out our hill for their first time. These included Matt Hattersley who has only run one other parkrun (Exeter) but has finished in position 103 in both; Marie Lochrie whose previous parkrun at Little Stoke was back in 2015 but is back out park running again; Dominic Ashton who is our most prolific first timer completing his 172nd parkrun with us; Elizabeth Leason who was second lady to complete the course and is more frequently seen in Edinburgh so a little far from home; Richard Brown joining us from his usual home of the original parkrun location at Bushy Park; and Sharon Bridge who is being mentioned primarily for being a friend of the report writer and who was visiting from The North and running her 25th parkrun.
Whilst 25 is not an official parkrun landmark, we did have 3 parkrunners completing a landmark run today and qualifying for a crisp new parkrun t-shirt. These were Alex Johnston completing his 10th parkrun and qualifying for a white junior t-shirt, and Kyler Phillips and Eddie Smith each completing their 50th parkruns and qualifying for a red t-shirt (I don’t think you can combine them into one black t-shirt to share).
At the pointy end of the course the first man over the line and into the scanning queue was Alex Crossland in 17:19 whilst the first woman to get to stop moving and get their breath back was Rosie Hattersley in 19:39. Rosie achieved the highest female age grading of the day with 75.32%, just outscored by Stuart Ellis for the men with 77.14%.
There were also a whopping great 75 personal best times set on the hill this week, meaning that if you completed parkrun with us on run number 340 you had an almost 1 in 6 chance of bettering your previous best time, which are pretty good odds. We hope to see everyone back again next week to try their best either on our hill or in the cafe afterwards (today’s report writer set a new personal best in being served). Or maybe you would like to have a different view of parkrun and take on a volunteer role, there are lots available over the next few weeks.
Report by Alice
Many thanks to the fabulous team of volunteers who made this week’s event happen. Although AC parkrun has a great crowd of enthusiastic volunteers we're always looking out for more people to join the team and spread the load, and if you’d like to sign up as a volunteer, we’d love to have you. Please opt in to receive volunteer emails (via ‘manage my profile’ on any result or newsletter email) and contact AshtonCourtHelpers@parkrun.com to offer help.
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This week’s full results and course records are here.