It was quite a murky start to the day when we began arriving to set the course up at 8 o'clock. The early morning mist was swirling around the park land and the deer could be seen coming into view for brief glimpses and then disappearing again. The stags were looking magnificent at this time of the year - the rutting season.
Pictured is Belton House (honestly) with deer in the foreground - I told you it was murky
We thought numbers might be a little low this week with the fog making travelling to the venue a little trickier - well we were wrong. We had 187 lovely parkrunners come along for a run in what were quite good running conditions. What was a bit disturbing though was the number of you that had forgotten your barcodes (10%). Get your barcodes out the night before and leave them with your trainers - don't forget, you need your barcode to get your results included and also to get 20% off drinks and food in the cafe afterwards.
A bigger than average field getting ready for the off
As always our volunteers were great - what made life fantasic this week is that folks volunteered well in advance of the event. This makes life so much easier for us than scratching around at the last minute trying to fill vacant slots. So don't forget, if you would like to volunteer please get in touch - and, the sooner the better.
It was nice to have lots of Canicross teams with us again. Our Belton House course is fantastic for them because the surface is very forgiving for the dogs. This week both the 1st and 2nd places were Canicross teams.
Once these 4 legged athletes get their harnesses on they are very very excited and keen to go and tend to be quite vocal - barking a lot. So it's very thoughtful of the owners to stand on the far-side during the pre-event briefing so everyone else can hear the RD make their brief - thanks guys and mutts, it's much appreciated.
Pictured is Beverley Hancock and daughter Ella - it was Ella's first run with her dog and she finished in a pawsome time of 21:44
The beauty of parkrun is that it's so inclusive - no matter your age, speed or motivation, parkrun ticks all the boxes. It was great to have this little fella dressed as Captain America running with his dad at Belton on Saturday - and it wasn't even a fancy dress parkrun
Captain America looking after his dad
Well done dad - he keeps two children within arms length
Footballers have some very unusual goal celebrations. Well I'm sure we can do just as well at our parkrun at the finish line. Here is a little taster to get you started.
Finish line celebration
Just celebrating because they are happy - we like this at parkrun towers
As well as being inclusive, parkrun is 'family' as well. We hate it when we have a family member sick or injured but it was great to see Richard Hall and Nev Chamberlain at the parkrun on Saturday still supporting the event. I think the organising team was slightly relieved that didn't compete on their crutches - we could have been there quite a while. Richard (left) is joining the event team as a Run Director
Richard and Nev - great parkrun supporters
Talking of injuries, Lisa Pask who is a brilliant supporter of our parkrun and finished top of the points table recently is currently nursing a persistent and debilitating back injury and can't run at the moment - power walking with her alsatian Ralph is allowed though.
We hope you soon get the injury sorted.
Lisa Pask just finishing her power walk
Hope to see you all back with us again next week.
Belton House parkrun
Event number 47
26th November 2016
Josh POCKLINGTON (SM20-24) of Canicross Midlands, was first over the line in 17:53 - first time in 12 appearances.
Paul CHANDLER (SM25-29) of Canicross Midlands, was second over the line in 17:57.
Christopher LIMMER (SM25-29) of Grantham Running Club, was third over the line in 18:36 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Peter BONNER (Grantham Running Club) 374 pts.
Paul DAVIS (Grantham Running Club) 315 pts.
Graham JONES (Unattached) 300 pts.
Becky ROBERTS (SW20-24) of Canicross Midlands, was first (8th overall) over the line in 20:08 - 4th time in 9 appearances.
Ella HANCOCK (JW11-14) of Retford AC, was second (11th overall) over the line in 21:44.
Beverley HANCOCK (VW40-44) of Newark Striders Running Club, was third (12th overall) over the line in 21:46 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Sj WILLIS (Grantham Running Club) 383 pts.
Helen BREEN (Unattached) 376 pts.
Caroline DAVIS (Grantham Running Club) 361 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Anna GARNIER (VW60-64) was graded 87.94% for the time 22:23 (18th overall).
Jonathan ROBERTS (VM50-54) was graded 80.39% for the time 18:57 (4th overall).
Barbara EVELING (VW70-74) was graded 78.89% for the time 29:41 (88th overall).
This week there were 187 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.
Belton House parkrun started on 7th November 2015, and since then 2,230 different runners, including participants from 182 athletics clubs, have completed 7,857 runs covering a total distance of 39,285 km, and there have been 2,160 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Naomi COLLIER who ran in a time of 00:18:31 on 14th November 2015 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 00:15:33 on 8th October 2016 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anna GARNIER who recorded a 89.81% run (21:55) on 29th October 2016 (event number 43).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Belton House parkrun Results Page.