Many thanks to AIDAN for writing this week's run report. Aidan is one of two people completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards with Banbury parkrun at the moment. He has run the Banbury course 20 times since April last year achieving a speedy PB of 20:45!!
Despite the increase of caution due to the corona virus (and a lack of tourists as a result) over 200 parkrunners took to the course with the same attitude that makes parkrun such an iconic and special event every Saturday morning.
There were some thrills and spills with mud scattered throughout the course (as always) leading to a dramatic finish with a race between a pushchair and a dog. The following result was finalised by a late slip to be victorious by just millimetres, but it was all, of course, taken light-heartedly.
And all the while the run was being completed, the ever-present volunteers cheered on with smiles on their faces and encouragement in their voices which I know, as a runner myself, can help everyone persevere to the finish line.
I would like to say congratulations to all the runners today and to thank all the organisers for allowing me to complete the Duke of Edinburgh with this amazing group, letting me see all the hard work and effort that goes into the organisation of this weekly event.
And now for the stats:
This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Warren HARRISON • Sam YOUNG • Graeme HACKLAND • Helen INSKIP • Claire UPTON • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Suzanne TAYLOR • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Greg HEATH • Martin WEST • Michael ROGERS • Stuart HADEN • Richard MCMAHON • Polly DAVIES • Jack EATON • Verity WEST • Nick MACEY • Thom RUSSELL • Amelia RUSSELL • Aidan WALKER • Ian WALKER • Thomas DONOHOE • Michael DONOHOE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Banbury parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).
Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 7,435 participants have completed 55,486 parkruns covering a total distance of 277,430 km, including 9,347 new Personal Bests. A total of 756 individuals have volunteered 5,850 times.