Bramhall parkrun: Event 284

Bramhall race report - St Andrew's Day

What does 30th November mean to you? The end of Movember? The day to search for advent calendars? Planning a “pinch and a punch, first of the month”? St Andrew’s Day for Scotland? I didn’t appreciate until today that St Andrew is also the Patron Saint of Cyprus, Greece, Russia and Romania – so if Scotland ever vote for Independence they’d better recognise this trend of countries that have gone bust (especially with RBS based in Edinburgh)!

There were 13 Andrew’s at today’s parkrun with some good results; Tomlinson (fastest in 19.42), Fowler, Cordes, Wilson, Plews (first timer), Tan, Deighton, Blackburn (50th run), Hawkyard (PB), Holland (PB), Fairhurst and Jeffay.
There were 391 runners today (very healthy for this time of year on a frosty morning) and when compared to the same week in previous years (2012 had 269, 2011 had 277 runners, 2010 had 176 and 2009 had 171) you can see that the popularity of parkrun continues unabated – roughly one can say that every two years numbers grow by 100.

First across the line was Rob Downs (he is ranked third in the country with 95 first finishes) in 17.30 with no youths like Sam Tarry or Kevin Acton to push him today. Second was Tim Hudspith in 17.54 (who had to run fast in order to get his son to football for 9.30am) and Gareth Griffiths just behind in 17.55.
24 of you went sub 20 minutes today including Karl Tavini (PB of 18.08 who ran a brilliantly paced run with 9.14 at half way and 20 seconds faster/stronger in the second half), Graham Taylor and Rob Currie with high age gradings, three PB’s in 3 seconds from Chris Shearlock (19.21), Anthony Wood and Chris Clarke and four superb performances from our juniors (below) showing how healthy the grass roots talent at Bramhall is.

Joshua Lister (J15) ran a PB of 19.03 on his 57th run, Ben Batho (J14) ran a PB of 19.08 to give him the third highest age grading of the day (and was in sight of his Dad the entire way round so my days are now seriously numbered!), international representative
Ellen Downs (J15) ran an equally good PB of 19.17 (she will eventually beat her Father too) and Alexander Aldridge (J14) ran 19.48.

For the women’s podium, Ellen Downs (above) was first in 19.17 (14th overall), second was another Tavini (Jill) in 21.37 (52nd overall) and third was Matilda Edwards in 21.56 (60th overall).

There were 24 first timers today and 72 recorded new Personal Bests of which nine of them have been mentioned above.
Thanks to all the volunteers today, including Roger Whitehead taking photos, on a coldish morning, good luck to all those running the popular local race the Stockport 10 a week from now which is surely why there are so many volunteers for next week and good luck to Nick Bishop who will be shaving his Mexican style moustache off Sunday morning.

Charlie Batho