Basingstoke parkrun #608, 5th October 2019, Run Report by Frankie Wellings
The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that Sarah’s run report last week had a nod to Fleetwood Mac, David’s report the week before had a nod to ELO – bit tricky, but can you guess who this report gives a nod to?!
We were at our alternative course, Crabtree, today because of the Half Marathon/10k site build taking place at War Memorial Park. The dogs in WMP must have been very confused and upset missing out on their weekly treats from Denise Hope. If you haven’t seen it, it really is quite a sight to see. As Denise makes her way across the football fields at about 8.30am, other dogs in the park come running up to her as they know she has treats in her pockets! Anyway back to today, the skylarks have flown the nest so we were able to run the original course. The combination of tomorrow’s runs, THAT hill, and the rugby meant a low attendance of 316 today. We were joined by 15 first timers and 9 tourists. If you were one of the first timers and you come back again next week, I promise you’ll find the course at War Memorial Park easier. Eighteen people got shiny new PBs so congratulations if you were one of them.
Although parkrun is inclusive and everybody is very welcome, it seems you had to be called Tom if you wanted a podium place today! Tom Harding crossed the line 1st in 17:26, Tom Watson was 2nd in 19:00 and Tom Ferguson was 3rd in 19:08. There were 2 other Toms at today’s run too so well done to all the Toms! The ladies were led home by Kate Towerton (19:40), followed by Alison James (21:08) and Melanie McGovern who got herself a shiny new PB with a time of 23:21.
There were just a handful of milestone achievers today. Earning their red t-shirts for joining the 50 club were Herbie Sadler (who is in the Junior 10 category) and Matthew Partridge. Nick Battisson will soon be wearing his black t-shirt for completing 100 runs and Steve McGeown notched up the unofficial milestone of 200 runs. Katy Macklin volunteered for the 25th time so will soon be in the purple. Congratulations to you all.
As always, huge thanks must go to today's Run Director Matt Pillinger and his team of volunteers for allowing the rest of us to get our weekly 5k fix. I know you hear it every week, but we really can’t run (no pun intended) this event without volunteers so please have a look at the roster and email email@example.com if you can help over the next few weeks. It’s always a relief for the core team when the roster is filled nice and early!
Matt keeping everyone in check for the briefing
As you may have seen, parkrun celebrated its 15th birthday on Saturday. Since the first run at Bushy Park way back in 2004 where just 13 people ran, there are now more than 6,000,000 registrants. What were you doing 15 years ago? Or another way of putting it – what have you achieved in the last 15 years? I hadn’t started running back then and now I have a box full of medals I am very proud of and a whole host of new friends - and I’m proud of them too. Week ends just wouldn’t be the same without parkrun!
Finally, best of luck if you are running either the half marathon or 10k tomorrow and if you are reading this after Sunday, I hope you achieved your goals and enjoyed the run.
Remember we are back in War Memorial Park next Saturday so don’t go to Crabtree!