Basingstoke parkrun #457, 17th December 2016, Run Report by Cerys Byrne
On a very misty Saturday morning a large blue and yellow gazebo appeared on the grass in Memorial Park. It was the Hatch Warren Runners celebrating the graduation of their latest Couch to 5K course and their graduates swelled the number of first timers to 29. There were also 8 runners running at Basingstoke for the first time. We hope to see the first timers back for their tricky second parkrun soon.
In total, there were 395 runners this week for our first run of the winter on our all path winter course, starting at the bird cage and comprising three anticlockwise laps. This route is particularly good for PBs and 52 runners managed to bag themselves shiny new PBs this week.
And so to this week's placings:
Simon BROWN (VM40-44) of Hatch Warren Runners, was first over the line in 18:27 - first time in 54 appearances.
Oli MORGAN (JM11-14) of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC, was second over the line in 18:36.
An unknown runner was third.
Claire Louise SPENCER (VW35-39) of Overton Harriers & AC, was first (7th overall) over the line in 19:06 - 11th time in 31 appearances.
Sarah TAYLOR (SW25-29) of Mornington Chasers, was second (24th overall) over the line in 20:43.
Linda VAN DER WEL (VW40-44) of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 21:37 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris FURNESS (Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC) 4665 pts.
Tony WATKINS (Unattached) 4096 pts.
Rob EUSTACE (Unattached) 3863 pts.
Eight runners recorded Milestone runs this week:
Ellie Single, Emma Roberts, James Workman, Mark Vines, Nikki Pickering, Taryn Baptist & Tony Nicholls ran their 50th parkrun and Louise Girle her 100th. In addition, Jonathan Matthews & Mike Hedderly joined the Volunteer 25 club. We look forward to seeing you in your new T-shirts shortly, and don't forget that the first parkrun on the month is Milestone photo day.
Next week is Christmas weekend, which means that not only is Saturday parkrun day, but Sunday too, Christmas hats and fancy dress are not compulsory but are strongly encouraged. This also means that we will need more volunteers than usual, so please do take a look at the volunteer rota at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke/futureroster/ and email email@example.com if you can help. Also, you only have until Christmas Eve to submit your photo to be considered to represent Basingstoke parkrun on the new parkrun website, see here for full details.