Event Number 153 – 16th April 2019

Belton House parkrun
Event number 153
16th April 2019


Another glorious day for a parkrun, not as warm as this weekend, bank holiday as I sit typing up the report, a bit late due to a busy week and straight into the bank holiday!

This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and an incredible 110 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
Well done to each and everyone of you :-)

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers, a huge big round of applause to the hivis heros past, present and future. Without you parkrun would not be possible,

Gordon GEACH • Claire LANE • David ELDRIDGE • Sonnie JANE • David CROMBIE • Paul SHAW • Lorraine VINCE • Martin RODELL • Rori RODELL • Spencer EDWARDS • Casper CARLEY • Suzanne ELLIOTT • Sam SHARP • Matt RANDS • Claire FRITZ • Grace JOHNSTON • Louise KENNEDY • Kate MARSHALL • Roger WORSTER • Harry LEAMAN • Elaine WORSTER • Jen RANDS • Sara MATHIESON • Theo HAWES • Harry HULSE • Kerry DICKSON • Tom ABLEWHITE-COLLINS • Natalie DODDS • Harvey ASHWIN • Ruby WILLIAMS.

Due to Shaun being poorly, our regular photographer we had 4 1st time photographers on the course on Saturday so a big thank you too, Natalie Dodds, Ian Lewry, Harvey Ashwin and Ruby Williams. All the photos where posted on the face book page.

I am sure some of you by now would have seen Sue and her dog Merlin running the course.
This is Sues story.
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When, three years ago, my neighbour - a canicross runner - suggested I tried running with my dog Merlin, my immediate response was "But I can't run!". I had never heard of canicross, or parkrun for that matter.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that I had the perfect running dog (a pointer - a highly athletic breed capable of covering many miles without noticing), at the perfect age (then approaching two years old).
So I began to increase my fitness by going for short runs, without Merlin initially, gradually increasing the distance. After a few weeks I kitted Merlin and myself out with a harness, belt and bungi line, thinking I must be pretty fit by now..... wrong!! I quickly learned that running with a pulling dog attached to you is a completely different experience. That first run wasn't a great success, although Merlin thought it was brilliant fun and was a natural from the start. Not so for me. It was too fast, too far and I fell over twice! The next day I ached everywhere and it was three weeks before I could run another step. After that I gradually improved and we began parkrunning every Saturday. It is addictive! When on holiday I look up dog friendly parkruns in the area so we can still get our weekly fix. We are now approaching our 100th parkrun, and Merlin absolutely loves it. I am still not much of a runner without him, but we make a good team, have a great bond and a lot of fun together.
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Thank you for sharing Sue, love the flying feet photo :-)

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Belton House parkrun Results Page.
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The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who recorded a time of 18:14 on 24th December 2016 (event number 51).

The male record is held by Thomas TRIMBLE who recorded a time of 14:54 on 16th February 2019 (event number 148).

The Age Grade course record is held by Barbara EVELING who recorded 94.24% (25:44) on 21st April 2018 (event number 110).