Bracknell parkrun # 268
18th September 2021
Report writer: Rhona Stainthorp
Saturday September in Great Hollands and another perfect day for a parkrun.
There were 260 people representing 25 different clubs who clearly looked out of their bedroom windows and couldn't wait to get out an join in. All that was needed was for Andy to give them the signal to set off round the two circuits. There were 229 people who had all enjoyed the event before. The routed must have been perfect because 55 people were able to post up a personal best. Well done to all of them.
We were joined by 31 people who were experiencing the joys of the woods, the allotments and the football fields for the first time, and of these there were 10 parkrun debutantes. This was a good week to start the parkrun journey. At the other end of the scale there were 11 people entitled to wear the coveted green top for having completed more than 250 runs.
There was one special achievement to celebrate this week. Rob Bradshaw made his 50th run so joins the 50 club with the right to wear the red top.
The first three males into the funnel were:
- Simon BENNISON (VM35-39) from Bracknell Forest Runners in time of 18:53; 70.70%
- Gavin MEAD (VM35-39) from Bracknell Forest Runners 19:11; 68.03%
- Simon GOWING (VM45-49) from Defence and Sports Recreation in 19.52; 71.39%. This was Simon’s first visit to Bracknell
The first three females were:
- Marnie FIELDSEND (JW11-14) from Bracknell AC in 20:27 , 78.08%. This was a great new PB for Marnie
- Bernadette MAHER ALLAN (VW35-39) from Wimbledon Windmilers in 20:27, 78.08%
- Sarah WHEELER (VW50-54) in 24:15; 72.71%
Both Bernadette and Sarah were first timers, too.
This week, the top three age grade runners were all women:
- Marnie again came first with 78.08%
- Anne WRIGHT (VW70-74) with 73.56%; 30:46
- Kay HOUSE (VW55-59) with 72.82%; 25:12
These special runners and indeed every runner, jogger and walker all owe grateful thanks to the 22 volunteers who made the day possible. Stephen DOWLING • Mary WANG • Chris VAAL • Andy SCOTT • Rhonda HARROWER • Blanche BARNES • Alan WARRINGTON • Steve FORSTER • Doug BRADY • Rhona STAINTHORP • Jenny MASH • Heather SINCLAIR • Kaz TULLEY • Anna COVENEY • John BAKER • Kerry SCOTT • Nathalie PREVOST-SNELL • James SPALL • Danny MCIVOR • Gwen CAMPBELL • Anne BEST • Jenny DAWSON
If you want to add your name to the volunteer roster for the next few weeks just go to future roster page by clicking on the volunteer tab here, chose the task you fancy trying and then send an email to email@example.com No experience required and all training given. It really is fun. Volunteering gives you a whole different perspective on parkrun and the more people who join in the better it is for everyone.
The weather this week has been very kind for running or walking. Those of you you like the early morning blue light will have been very happy. It’s obvious that autumn is definitely on its way with very heavy dew. But that is good for the Great Holland’s running route. Enough moisture to keep the path smooth and soft, but not enough to create the glorious mud patches we know are coming. Saturday will another perfect day.
We didn’t have an official photographer but I managed to capture a few wobbly iPhone pictures from the field. Here they are:
The full results and a complete event history can be found on the webpage.
The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).
The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jessica WHITE who recorded 88.45% (23:05) on 11th January 2020 (event number 253).
Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 11,007 participants have completed 82,167 parkruns covering a total distance of 410,835 km, including 13,826 new Personal Bests. A total of 832 individuals have volunteered 6,766 times