Beacon Parkrun run report 30th April – 2nd May 2020.
What a fantastic turn out this week with 27 participants running, walking and jumping numerous times into roads and hedges to maintain their social distancing. The weather over the 3 days has been variable to say the least with sunshine, showers and hail, despite this the Beacon Parkrun community have got out there and run their socks off.
13 first timers took to the pavements many who have mentions in the report. In first place this week was Thomas Hodgson with a new PB. He wasn’t the only person getting a PB a few others did too - Andrew Brenan, Paul Drake, Jemma Tiso-Johnson and me.
Streethay and Boley Park saw their fair share of the Parkrunners with Tom Hodgson sprinting his 5km in 19.46. Austin Brauser had a lovely circuit of Boley park enjoying getting back into running after hip surgery and providing us with a super selfie. Streethay was the mid way point for Vanessa Morgan who enjoyed her 6481 steps from Netherstowe to Streethay and finishing within the hour
Stowe Pool and the great view of the cathedral, and perhaps Lesley Coopers virtual high fives, seemed to spur on a few with Rachel Bentley and Rosie smashing a PB and Jemma Tiso Johnson and Keely Jones adding on Beacon Park just to get their fix.
Jimmy Pickering’s run could be called the school route whizzing past King Eddies, 5 spires, St Josephs, St Michaels, Netherstowe, Chadsmead but not quite reaching the best school in town.
There were a plethora of Helens (Lane and Floyd) and Pauls (Murphy and Drake) running the official Parkrun course, all struggling to recognise it without the mud and the marshals, so much so one Helen took a little detour round the tennis courts a few times before getting back on track and smashing a sub 30.
Special prizes this week (well a virtual high five) go to Andy Fishwick and Jo Cooper- Gavin. Both of them succeeded in achieving the best route patterns on their apps. Jo managed the most higgledy piggledy route with so many left and right turns she did well to find her way back. However, Andy has set the bar high for future races, with a spectacular attempt at running a cross, well planned and well executed.
Well done to all. Here’s to next week, remember runs count from Thursday to Saturday.
Our thanks goes out to Jane Mackenzie for the wonderfull run report.