The Longest day – Event 242

Our dismal summer so far has meant rain and more rain but finally, just as we passed the longest day of the year, some respite. The sun came out and for the first time in about a year, it was a genuinely hot start to Saturday morning. So thought 341 people who came out in their shorts, ready to run. It being sunny meant we welcomed Cherwell Runners, who had made today’s run one of their grand prix events and many of their red vests and t-shirts were to be seen.
23 people chose this sunny occasion for their first ever parkrun. It was nice not to have to hear how slippery it was on the bridge especially for our tourists welcomed from Bushey (parkrun royalty), Wendover and Yorkshire amongst others. Finishing in the fastest time today was the aptly named Thomas Rann (very quickly…….). A massive thanks to all of the volunteers and a plea for everyone to support by offering to volunteer – this week had proven difficult to get the numbers.

For the detail of the run, I hand over to Freddie Atkinson (aged 13) who when faced with a challenge for his English homework to “Describe a time when you thought you had reached your physical limit only to surpass it” could think of nothing other than 9am on Saturday morning at Spiceball park…….
“Go! I hear the word that starts my run. With three hundred people zipping across a field to the first corner, I dash along for the first couple of minutes before my pace drops. As this happens, I take a moment to look around me, to see what catches my eye. Endless gravel path twisting endlessly towards Spiceball Leisure Centre.
That is when it hits me, a sharp thought at the back of my mind. This constant throbbing alerts me that we are only a fifth of the way and the hardest is yet to come. By kilometre two, my limbs want to conclude this extreme activity and cramps form in my joints, tightening my stride. I start to use my recovery breathing, with sharp inhales and slow exhales.
With a newfound respect for my breathing’s ability to support my actions, once again, I make a final push, over the slippery bridge by the river. With the finish in sight, my legs cannot stride any further or faster. Within a few seconds, my legs want to give way. As much as my physical wellbeing, it also effects my mental side as well. I so want to finish this run, but I want to keep my legs in one piece as well. I think about it for the next 100 metres. As I finally finish thinking about my choice of activity on a Saturday morning, my pain subsides with the glory of finishing my 88th Parkrun.”

Mostly written by Freddie Atkinson (with some help from his dad Nick)

And now for the stats…..
This week 341 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Jeffrey TRYBUS • Glenys LOGAN • Graeme HACKLAND • Claire UPTON • Steven HEARN • Sara LONG • Heather FINNIGAN • Sera RELTON • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Sally ANDREWS-DUKE • Daniel WOODBRIDGE • Fred ATKINSON • Alison HEATH • Kurt TRINDER • Kathy WILCOCK • Polly DAVIES • Bridget WILKINSON • Wendy CARTER • Maddie CARTER • Thomas CARTER • Simon HOOK • Ashley WARD • Richard SAVORY • Frances EDWARDS • Georgina WILKINSON • Brian NOBLE
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 Frances ANDERSON who recorded 84.73% (22:16) on 18th April 2015 (event number 29).
Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,346 participants have completed 46,506 parkruns covering a total distance of 232,530 km, including 8,300 new Personal Bests. A total of 663 individuals have volunteered 4,980 times.