parkrun 104, Saturday 19 May 2013 (photo: Rich Kenington)
Ouch! Having got a little over-excited a week ago about how good our numbers had been the week before, the number of (not)parkruns achieved by Ashton Court parkrunners took a dive last week. Despite the number of you that took part increasing by 1, you recorded 25 (not)runs fewer! I'm using the third person because I've been on the bench, unselected, for over week (which accounts for 7 missing (not)runs. I'm taking a fitness test early tomorrow morning and if that goes well I'll be available for (not)parkrun selection once again.
However, despite the way our numbers moved last week, we more than held our own in the UK tables ~ remaining in 11th place for the number of (not)runs we recorded, and climbing from 12th to 11th for the number of (not)participants, as numbers of (not)parkrunners around the world continue to fall.
Having achieved 2 (not)personal bests the week before, Andrew Burton was at it again last week, reducing his (not)pb by a further 8 seconds, to 25:27, for his 13th (not)parkrun pb overall. Here's Andrew in red, at event 278, in November 2016, which he finished in 25:22. Close behind is Martin Gillett, who missed his (not)pb by 57 seconds last Wednesday (photo: John O'Brien)
We've seen some impressive and consistent (not)parkrunning in recent weeks. For example, Martin Brasher's (not)pb is 23:25 ~ in the past 3 weeks Martin's posted (not)times of 24:00, 23:43, 24:25 and 23:32. Martin Gillett ~ who let's remember is in the 75-79 age band, has recorded 27:12, 27:06, 26:44 and 27:32 ~ his (not)pb is 26:35. I seem to keep going on about our Martins but they keep giving me things to remark on! In the same period a third ~ Martin Blackwell ~ has recorded 28:57, 28:23 and last week 28:01, reducing his previous (not)pb by 20 seconds. All great stuff!
Other names are available of course, and for example, Lucy Avent has missed her (not)pb by 54, 45 and 43 seconds over the past 3 weeks! In the same 3 weeks Michael Smith has been shy of his (not)best by 97, 10 and 12 seconds, while David Braithwaite has missed his by 40 seconds in each of the last 2 weeks.
There are many more examples. It's so good to see people working on their running and (I hope) enjoying the rewards. Well done to all ~ in particular to last week's (not)pb achievers, Andrew Burton, Stephen Bear, Martin Blackwell, Ewan Cameron, Michael Wintour- Graham and Emma Coles.
One of last week's new (not)300 club members is Tom Feilding, who also managed some (not)parkrunwhatevery with some double digitising on Monday. This is Tom at event 303 (quite by chance, the number of (not)parkruns he'd posted by the end of last week), which he completed in 29 minutes, precisely (photo: Rich Kenington)
As you can see there's not much to report from the world of notparkrunwhatevery, although I'm delighted to see some family members are still running together after all this (not)parkrun time!
Not long left for Bingono number Seven, surely? How hard can it be for a random trio of us to record (not)times ending in 42, 46 or 54 seconds? Nobody has managed to during the last 19 days so it must happen soon! Mustn't it? Our times will tell!
Emma Coles is another of our trio of new (not)300 club members last week, and on Sunday, while taking part in a triathlon she achieved a (not)pb for 5k. Here's Emma at event 336 in December 2017, which she finished in 100th position (photo: Rich Kenington)
Here's Fran Upshon, who last week joined our (not)25 parkrun club, at event 406 in May 2019. This was Fran's 25th Ashton Court parkrun, and coincidentally, the 6th anniversary of her very first parkrun ever, at Southampton parkrun (photo: Sarah Jones)
We saw 4 (not)parkrun club upgrades last week, together with one new (not)25 club member. 3 of the 5 are illustrated here ~ the 2 to avoid the steely glare of our photo editor this morning being David Taylor, the third to upgrade to our (not)club 300, and Anne Dockery, who moved up into (not)club 50. Welcome to all 5 new members of our little (not)clubs!
There are now 7 of us who have recorded over 300 (not)parkruns in the 393 days of (not)parkrun. That's good going! This week we'll probably see upgrades to the (not)250, (not)200 and (not)50 clubs. Enjoy your milestones!
Not only did Emma Coles' fastest (not)parkrun yesterday propel her to the top of the female time table, she was only 7 seconds behind the week's fastest male finisher! What a great run! Nice to see some different (not)parkrunners topping our tables last week.
Michael Wintour- Graham is back after a long lay off, and his fitness seems to be returning, albeit not quickly enough for his liking! Last week Michael reduced his (not)pb by just over 2 minutes, down to 41:47. As an incentive to get the next box ticked, here's Michael at event 373 in September 2018, when he finished in 39:50. Flying down the hill with Michael is Linda Woodburn, who was a volunteer at our first parkrun and is an important member of our team of Run Directors (photo: Rich Kenington)
I could have posted this at lunchtime but I've been waiting ~ for an obvious reason ~ for 11 of you to post your (not)times this morning. By 1pm we only had our goalie and one wing back! This really is the slowest start we've had to a (not)parkrun week. I refuse to believe that it's a football (not)coming home hangover that's caused your apparent reluctance to get outside. After all, we all come second sometime don't we (I wish!) ~ it's hardly that disappointing! So I'll put it down to the peculiar weather.
Now that our first 11 are all in, here we are! None of the missing Bingono number Seven values have turned up, but Stephen Bear's found some running form at the best possible moment, with parkrun coming home in 12 days' time, and he's achieved his second (not)pb in 3 days today! Congratulations!
At the moment I have no idea whether we'll be able to keep posting (not)times after we've begun (proper)parkrunning again in 24 July. It would be nice to see it continue, although there's nothing quite like the real thing, and once we've got that back we may find that we don't need this so much. Let's wait and see ..
Thanks again for joining in with (not)parkrun and taking the time to post your (not)times. See you next Monday!
Report by Rich Kenington, 0 (not)parkruns last week | 374 (not)parkruns total
parkrun 408, Saturday 25 May 2019 (photo: Rich Kenington)