Year Four’s 49 parkruns wouldn’t have taken place without the 260 different people who volunteered a total of 895 times between them.
The 260 volunteers have 175 different first names: 7 are named Andrew and 5 Mike. Then there are 4 fours: 4 different Helens, Janes, Matts and Sallys. 17 first names are shared by 3 people and 29 are shared by 2 people, which must mean that 123 first names are unique within this list!
Some of our fab volunteers at 3 of Year Four's events. The lower left photo is one of our "we are not ruthless" images, featuring Ruth Holland and Ruth McAllister ~ and is particularly relevant on the day we publish this as May 4th is Ruth McAllister's birthday! Happy Birthday Ruth (photos: Rich Kenington)
New friends ~ the year’s new parkrunners ~ the Class of Year Four
By the time we’d completed our 200th parkrun and the end of Year Four, we’d welcomed 2,228 new parkrunners to Ashton Court ~ 1,027 females and 1,201 males. 309 of them returned 7 days later, another 136 came back after a fortnight. 447 of them took over 10 weeks to some back, and 1,059 have yet to return.
And off we go ~ the start of Ashton Court parkrun number 152 ~ and Year Four is under way (photo: Rich Kenington)
1 member of Year Four’s intake has run 2 Ashton Court parkruns 253 events apart ~ we don’t expect to see them again for a while. Another didn’t return for 265 parkruns, although they did participate at other parkruns in between.
Two dozen of our new parkrunners moved up an age grade during their first year with us. 156 of them were aged 10 or under. 323 were aged between 11 and 19, and 1,251 were in their 20s. 1,382 were in their 30s, 929 in their 40s, 443 in their 50s, 106 in their 60s, 2 were in their 70s and for the first time, we welcomed 2 newcomers in their 80s.
Here's Duncan Manning ~ Year Four's first first-time finisher (photo: Rich Kenington)
Between them 594 Year Foursters achieved 1,127 personal bests. 9 of them ran 3 pbs each, and Rob Downs scored the best age grade any of them with 82.79% at event number 167.
One of our first ever first timers aged at least 80 ~ seen here at our 199th event ~ is Richard Denby (photo: Rich Kenington)
Our 2,228 newcomers ran up a total of 4,595 Ashton Court parkruns during Year Four. 1 of them, Michael Wintour -Graham, ran 38 of our parkruns in their 1st year, more than anyone else. Andrew Harris, Brendon Wilson and Nicholas Jennings also ran over half the year’s events.
Another of the year's first timers was Michael Wintour -Graham, seen here at his 1st event, our 152nd. Michael's now run at Ashton Court parkrun on 179 occasions, and 16 times elsewhere (photo: Rich Kenington)
Nirpal Singh Gillar has run more often at Ashton Court parkrun than any of his contemporaries, having finished 210 of our events, and, incidentally, not having run a parkrun anywhere else. Richard Harding (208) and Craig Brown (207) are hard on Nirpal’s heels, while Vanessa McBride leads this category for the females, having now finished here 167 times.
This was Nirpal Singh Gillar's 2nd Ashton Court parkrun ~ our 189th ~ and as you know he's run here on a further 208 occasions (photo: Rich Kenington)
Only 1 of our Year Four first timers has completed over 250 parkruns and so qualified for a green 250 parkrun club t-shirt ~ well done Jane Duffus! Jane now stands on 255 parkruns, with Simon Wood her nearest rival with 231 parkruns completed thus far.
Seen at our 193rd parkrun ~ her 1st ~ is Vanessa McBride. Vanessa's another who quickly acquired the parkrun habit ~ she's now run here 167 times, and on 7 occasions elsewhere (photo: Rich Kenington)
Emma Northam, Rafal Mazurek and Chris Edwards each achieved 9 personal bests during Year Four, and 32 different members of the Class of Year Four scored the same age grade twice, which is 32 too many to list individually!
8 of them finished in the same place 3 times, and Andrew Harris did so 4 times, in p44. 116 finished in the same gender position twice, and 16 did so three times, with Fleur Cockley’s achievement of finishing 6th and 9th female on 3 occasions standing out from the rest.
Here's Fleur Cockley, closing in on the finish line at event number 197 (photo: Rich Kenington)
Names and their Numbers
Year Four’s newcomers shared 748 different first names between them and represented 1,421 different extended families.
Female names included 27 Emmas, 22 Rebeccas, 16 Rachels and 15 Sarahs, 14 Lisas, Lauras and Katies and 13 Nicolas, Annas, Kates, Helens, Claires, Victorias, Lucys, Catherines and Sophies.
We also met 41 new Jameses, 37 Davids, 29 Marks and Pauls, 28 Richards, 27 Bens, 26 Nicks and Chrises and 24 Alexes and Andrews.
Our Year Foursters’ family names included 11 male Smiths, 10 male Williamses, 8 female Joneses, female Taylors and male Lewises.
Adding both genders together we therefore welcomed 15 new Smiths, 13 new Williamses and Lewises, 12 new Joneses, 11 new Mannings, Evanses, Johnsons, Clarks, Davieses and Browns and 10 new Kings.
One of Year Four's 22 new Rebeccas was Rebecca Law, also seen approaching the finish of our 197th parkrun ~ her 1st. Another new parkrunner who seems to have enjoyed the experience, Rebecca has run here 82 times, and at other parkruns a further 25 times (photo: Rich Kenington)
Year Four ~ Numbers
During Year Four we saw 13,153 parkrunners cross our finish line, 1,084 of whom were unknown. The 12,069 who did have their barcode scanned recorded 1,508 different times, from 16:11 to 67:29, with plenty in between!
The time we recorded most often was 23:21, which took place 26 times. Kevin Caple finished in this time on 2 occasions in Year Four, at events 184 and 194, and of the remaining 24 parkrunners who finished in this time, 4 were female, 20 were male and 7 had first names that began with the letter M.
And since you were wondering, the median time was 26:42 (26:29 in Year Three), the average 27:27 (27:22), and during Year Four 12 different parkrunners finished in the same time 3 times.
There is, of course, only 1 Kevin Caple ~ and here he is on both occasions when he finished in 23:21, first at event 184, and then at number 194 (photos: Rich Kenington)
As our average finish time slows down each year, so the course record speeds up, and, just like last year on the day a new fastest time was set, there must have been something in the air that morning!
It took place at event number 170, when Welsh international 1500m runner James Thie visited us for his first and, to date, only Ashton Court parkrun. James has run several Welsh parkruns in under 16 minutes and has a parkrun pb of 15:10 !!
Year Four's course record breaker ~ James Thie ~ breezing past Marshal 3 (photo: Paul Hodges)
James finished first, beating the existing course record by 17 seconds with his time of 16:11. Only 2 others have beaten this time ~ Maciej Bialogonski and Jarlath McKenna (who has beaten it 5 times and of whom there will be much to say in future years), and equalled by George Duggan.
Behind James, Damian Spreckley, Oliver Beale, Paul Jefferson and Mike McBeth finished with pbs, in 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th positions.
Now 1 of our brilliant team of Run Directors ~ Mike McBeth ~ on his way to a pb at our 170th parkrun (photo: Paul Hodges)
There would be no new female course record in Year Four, but for the 1st time more than 1 female beat 19 minutes; Nicola Brookland, twice, in 18:50 and 18:55, and Helen Sharpe, with 18:51.
Now wonder Nicola beat 19 minutes ~ she's flying up the hill! Nicola Brookland at our 181st parkrun ~ the 1st of her 2 consecutive sub-19 minute Ashton Court parkruns (photo: Mike Warren)
Through the year 22 different females finished first, with Sally Johnson doing so 16 times and Jane Colman 6. 33 males finished top of the table; Damian Spreckley and Jarlath McKenna both doing so 6 times.
This is Jane Colman on her way to 1 of her 6 1st female finishes ~ at parkrun number 178 (photo: Claire Brown)
Damian also finished 2nd overall, and 2nd male, on 9 occasions, while Richard Lowe emulated Jarlath by finishing 4th overall 6 times, and also 4th male 6 times.
Sally Marsh finished 190th overall 4 times, and 13 females filled the same finish position on 3 occasions. Like Sally, 3 of them had taken part in our 1st parkrun ~ Alison Engledew, who finished 78th 3 times; Bev Campbell, 176th; and Kathleen Sart, 298th.
At our 187th parkrun is Kathleen Sart ~ on the way to the 2nd of her 3 finishes in position 298. The 3rd occasion would be the following Saturday! (photo: Rich Kenington)
4 males filled the same gender finish position 5 times; Dan Potter (3rd), Tim Ginns (5th), Ken Ham (19th) and Robert Colman (83rd).
All downhill now for Tim Ginns at our 200th parkrun and about to achieve his 5th 5th place finish of Year Four (photo: Rich Kenington)
In our list of Year Four female finishers, Jane Colman was 2nd 11 times. Marie Malloy was 3rd female 9 times, Alice Doggrell 8th female 8 times, Tanya Chowdhury 3rd female 7 times, Lizzi Elton-Walters came 35th 6 times, and Wendy Price 63rd, also 6 times.
4 kilometres to go for Wendy Price at parkrun number 171 ~ 1 of the 6 occasions when Wendy was 63rd female finisher (photo: Alice Doggrell)
During Year Four 1,190 parkrunners ~ 509 females and 681 males ~ achieved 2,139 personal bests ~ 877 by females, 1,262 by males.
Our parkrunner who ran faster at Ashton Court more times than ever before in Year Four was Geoff Keogh, who did so on 12 occasions.
A great photo of Geoff Keogh from Alex Rotas ~ on his way to the 11th of his 12 Year Four personal bests (and the 13th of the 14 he achieved during 2014) (photo: Alex Rotas)
Taryn Taylor and Stephen Cotterill both ran 10 pbs in Year Four. Phoebe Hird, Ruth McAllister and Lynn Chadeesingh ran 9 pbs each in this period. And James Harrington, Melissa Houston and Alice Hird did so 8 times.
Just getting warmed up on the short flat bit in event number 191 is Lynn Chadeesingh. Around 30 minutes later Lynn would finish the 4th of the 9 pbs she set in the 13 parkruns she participated in between numbers 185 and 200 (photo: Rich Kenington)
11 parkrunners ran 7 pbs; 14 ran 6; 34 ran 5; 49 ran 4; 105 ran 3; 246 ran 2 and I hope that means 722 others ran 1 pb in Year Four.
5 of our junior parkrunners who started out in Year Four completed 10 parkruns, and 3 of them have gone on to join the 50 parkrun club.
90 adult Year Foursters have also joined the 50 parkrun club. Of them, 38 have become members of the 100 parkrun club, and as mentioned already, one of them, Jane Duffus has joined the 250 parkrun club, just 4 Ashton Court parkruns ago, the 48th Ashton Court parkrunner to do so.
Here's Jane Duffus with 1 kilometre remaining of her 1st parkrun. It doesn't look like a great morning to embark on a parkrun adventure, but what an adventure it's been for Jane ~ 123 further parkruns at Ashton Court and 131 elsewhere! (photo: Alex Rotas)
We watched our 6,000th new Ashton Court parkrunner whizz across the finish line in our 165th event, to be followed 24 events later by number 7,000. Once more, neither of these 2 particular parkrunners have taken part in a parkrun anywhere since that first experience! But there’ll be plenty more opportunities to do so in the future.
As we can't show you either of of our 6,000th or 7,000th parkrunners, here are numbers 6,082 and 6,081 instead. Richard Harding on the left, Joanna Harding isn't! (photo: Rich Kenington)
Year Four In Focus
A few weeks before Year Four began, 2 more parkruns were launched in South Gloucestershire, to join Little Stoke parkrun. On February 28th, Chipping Sodbury parkrun set off with 197 finishers. The following Saturday, March 1st, Chipping Sodbury’s attendance was 72, with the reduction in numbers probably caused by their new neighbour’s first parkrun. Pomphrey Hill parkrun, in Mangotsfield, saw 169 first finishers that morning.
So, we might have expected our own numbers to fall significantly, now that parkrunners in Bristol and South Gloucestershire had 4 events to choose from.
We'd love to show you photos of when we saw 167 finishers at event number 165, but we can't. Or from the following week, when event 166 saw 233 finishers. But we can't do that either. So instead here are 4 "views" of our 1st parkrun of 2015 ~ our 186th ~ on January 3rd (photos: Rich Kenington)
Year Four’s 1st event was our 152nd, and 21 volunteers saw 311 finishers around the course and over the line. Of those 311, 39 were taking part in their first ever parkrun, 14 were visiting from parkruns elsewhere, 45 achieved personal bests and 12 are unknown. Having begun Year Four with 311 finishers, we reinforced that with 311 finishers the following week.
In both events the 54th finisher was unknown, and 117 parkrunners whose names we do know ran both events. Although nobody managed to finish in exactly the same time both times, 8 parkrunners finished the 2 events in times that were 5 seconds or less apart. 2 of those five, Charlotte Vaux and Ryan Jacovides, came closest, with Charlotte having only 2 seconds difference in her 2 times (25:05 and 25:07) and Ryan just 1 second (21:48 and 21:49).
Striding out with 1,000 metres or so to go is Charlotte Vaux, who nowadays mostly parkruns in Western Australia (photo: Alex Rotas)
It seems to have been much easier to achieve similar finish positions, as 34 parkrunners finished in places that were 5 or less apart from each other. Only Caitlin Allen and Charles McDowall finished in the same place both times, 284th and 212th respectively.
1 of the 2 parkrunners who finished in he same position in our 2 consecutive events with 311 finishers ~ Charles McDowall at our 152nd parkrun (photo: Rich Kenington)
Following those 2 events with 311 parkruns, numbers settled down for the rest of the calendar year, with a weekly average of 242 finishers. Compared to the same period in Year Three, this was 2 runners fewer each week, strikingly different to the average of 153 we saw the year before. So, the impact of the 2 new local parkruns seemed to be that we stopped growing for a while.
But once we entered 2015 all those health and fitness focussed New Year resolutions kicked in, and from then until the end of Year Four in April, our average number of finishers was 319, compared to 267 for the same period in the 1st quarter of 2014.
Year Four culminated in a new record number of finishers ~ 420 ~ 40 more than the previous highest number of 380 who finished our 149th parkrun. Of course, Year Four’s finale was our 200th parkrun, and our parkruns with those big round numbers always attract a large crowd. Wonder how many we’ll see in 2 parkruns’ time at number 450?
With the last few participants coming over the brow of the hill in our 200th parkrun ~ we say goodbye to Year Four (photo: Rich Kenington)
Report by Rich Kenington, Ashton Court parkrunner number 1,817
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