By Kay Farrow
Last Saturday Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteer Sam graduated by taking on the role of run director. After volunteering for 13 weeks and covering all the roles at least once Sam was ready to take charge. As he is only 14 years old he was supported by adult run director John Nicholls. Sam managed the set-up teams, announced the briefing for first timers, made sure all volunteers were in place ready for the start and then read the run briefing. Standing on the steps and speaking to 200 people can be very daunting but Sam took it in his stride and set everyone off on our 81st event.
It was a lovely sunny morning and with only a very gentle breeze wafting across the Westwood conditions were perfect for runners, walkers and volunteers.
We love welcoming new volunteers to the BWp team and on Saturday four people volunteered for the first time. Samantha Maskell made a big impression marshalling at the bottom of Hill 60 and had a great time doing hi-fives with parkrunners. Elizabeth Byass marshalled with her mum Helen and encouraged everyone up Hill 60 by ringing the cow bell enthusiastically. Ken Bottomer was visiting us from York and marshalled at the top of Hollow Way Drove while his wife ran. Many thanks to them and to the other 28 volunteers who made up the team.
There were lots of milestones to celebrate this week:
- Francis Richardson, Mark Malkin, Les Barratt, Natalie Murphy and Stephen Berry all completed their 25th parkrun to become eligible for the purple t-shirt.
- For Paula Nicholls and junior runner Nell Bishop (JW10) it was a double celebration as they both recorded a new PB as well as a milestone. Nell has clocked up 25 parkruns and Paula 50.
- Mike Byron reached the unofficial milestone of 150 parkruns.
The first finisher was Stephen Logan in a new PB time of 17:51. Stephen holds the record for the number of first finishes at BWp with 15 but it was the first time he has run sub-18 minutes on the Westwood. Lee Phipps finished second and also clocked up a new PB.
In her first run at BWp and only her second parkrun, junior runner Tabs Ford (JW15-17) finished in fourth place overall in 18:29, was the first female and the first junior. As if that wasn’t enough she set a new age category record and recorded the highest age grading score for a female, 83.6%.
Third finisher Darren Edge also set a new age category record, this time for the for VM55-59 age group, with a time of 18:17 and he recorded the highest age grading score, 84.78%.
26 juniors took part in this week’s event and they recorded 7 PBs. Tabs Ford was the first female junior to finish and the first male junior was Jacob Jorna (JM11-14) in 23:27.
At the briefing for first timers Cindy welcomed visitors from Aberdeen, Barton, Cambridge, Grantham, Hertfordshire, Leeds, Nottingham and York.
The cattle on the Westwood always add an extra dimension to our parkrun. They are very good at rearranging the kit that marks the course and love a good scratch against the white stakes.
That's all for this week but we're getting ready to do it all again on Saturday. Join us for another free, timed, 5k run or walk or sign up as a volunteer. We'd love to see you, whatever you choose to do.
Lots of BWp love
This week 194 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Of the 29 first timers 20 were visiting from other events and 9 people completed their first parkrun ever. 46 people recorded new personal bests and representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:
Frank HARRISON • Helen STORR • Maria HUTCHINSON • Louise BARRETT • Kay FARROW • Samantha MASKELL • Steve FARROW • Ivor ROBERTS • Martin GREENSILL • Patrick MARSHALL • Amelie RAY • John PARISH • Cindy MCANDREW • Matt SEYMOUR • Joshua SMITH • Julia PEPLOW • John NICHOLLS • Brian CRESSEY • Stephen NEWTON • Ed HUSBAND • Rachael HILL • Brian GENT • David SPENCER • Paul SEARS • Isla HILL • Grace NEWTON • Barbara GENT • Helen BYASS • Elizabeth BYASS • Samuel JACKSON • Ken BOTTOMER • Joel NEWTON
This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Beverley Westwood parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Becky BRIGGS who recorded a time of 18:20 on 17 August 2019 (event number 6).
The male record is held by Kian WILES who recorded a time of 16:00 on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol BAKER who recorded 87.60% (21:14) on 23 October 2021 (event number 50).
Beverley Westwood parkrun started on 13 July 2019. Since then 4,266 participants have completed 18,454 parkruns covering a total distance of 92,270 km, including 3,485 new personal bests. A total of 388 individuals have volunteered 2,953 times.