It looks like (not)parkrun’s here to stay for a while, and here at Ashton Court parkrun we’ve taken to it like a duck might have taken to all the recent rain.
We’re remarkably consistent in one aspect, as following the 1st 2 weeks when 74 and then 73 of us recorded (not)parkruns, there were 76 of us who did so last week. Meanwhile the number of (not)parkruns each of us records is on the rise, having moved from 114 to 117 and last week, up to 143.
Which means we’re still in 5th place in the UK in terms of how many (not)parkruns folk from Ashton Court parkrun have recorded. We’ve slipped down to 14th position in terms of how many of us participated last week.
14 of the 76 who took part last week were doing so for the first time, and 36 of the remaining 62 of us each achieved at least one pb during the week.
The same 5 names are at the top of the list of how many (not)parkruns have been completed ~ Andrew Thomas, Tim Carr, Roger Brocklesby, Louise Nikou and Marie Malloy ~ and as one other Ashton Court parkrunner has joined them in double figures he’s been added to the list as well.
I mentioned last week that Paul Stuart had recorded a time of 20:02 for his (not)parkrun in week 1, and then in week 2 too. Could Paul repeat the feat in week 3?
And no, he couldn’t, because this time he recorded 19:39, which is brilliant of course and yet “only” puts Paul in 2nd place on last week’s (not)podium, since Marcus Kropacsy recorded a breathtaking 19:03 for his (not)parkrun.
For context, Marcus’ time is 14 seconds slower than his best ever Ashton Court time, and Paul’s is 5 seconds faster than his best. Great running by both.
Shaun Popel meanwhile took the “if you can’t beat them, join them” option, and recorded 20:22 for the 2nd consecutive week.
Liz Hill made her (not)parkrun debut last week ~ the 100th Ashton Court parkrunner to do so ~ and recorded 23:21, just 5 seconds short of her Ashton Court pb.
On Saturday morning I saw Katie Waterson flying across Ashton Avenue Bridge, and as she went by, she gasped “can’t stop, think I’m on for a good time”. Katie got that right as she recorded 23:30, 56 seconds quicker than her Ashton Court pb!
Here's Katie Waterson, on her way to exceeding her expectations (photo: Rich Kenington)
In last week's report I mentioned that Elena Thode Minguet was one of two females to beat 25 minutes. During the last week, Elena’s beaten 24 minutes twice and now has a (not)parkrun pb of 23:37 ~ 15 seconds faster than her pb at Ashton Court parkrun.
If there were to be a “race” for the best ever (not)parkrun age grade, it’s over! Last week Anne Dockery joined in and recorded 24:20, and being in the VW70-74 age category, Anne’s score of 94.59% is the (not)parkrun equivalent of taking the bat and ball home!
What a wonderful performance! Those of us who know Anne also know that if there were a prize for this sort of thing, no-one would deserve it more. I’m looking forward to reporting a score of over 95% in the coming weeks!
I’ve focussed on the fastest and the highest, because to be honest it's easier, and there are only 7 days in most weeks after all. But huge congratulations go to every one of the 111 of us from Ashton Court parkrun who’ve recorded a (not)parkrun in the last 3 weeks.
The weather’s been a bit rubbish (is it really July?) and for many of us, having to cope with the current situation makes it easier to stay indoors rather than get changed, get out and get breathless!
So let’s all reach round and pat ourselves on the back!
A couple of familiar Ashton Court trees on Thursday afternoon (photo: Rich Kenington)
At the time of writing there are already 13 (not)parkruns on the board for this week, including 4 first timers and 2 pbs. No doubt there’ll be plenty more to write about in 7 days’ time.
Part of the course at Queenstown parkrun, on New Zealand's South Island, follows the footpath around the trees on the peninsula jutting out into Lake Wakatipu. The mountains beyond ~ Cecil Peak on the left, Walter Peak to the right ~ are a little higher than we're accustomed to at Ashton Court, being 1,978m and 1,800m high respectively (photo: Rich Kenington, 1986-09-01)
Thanks as always for joining in with this (not)parkrun fun ~ in particular Melanie Young who once again took on the role of Tail Walker this week!
Let's all have the best week we possibly can, and see you next time!
Report by Rich Kenington, 6 (not)parkruns last week | 11 (not)parkruns total