Brighter weather saw the crowds come flocking back to Braunstone as 381 runners old and new looped around the park, 134 up on the previous monsoon-ridden Saturday.
We welcomed 21 brand new runners embarking on their first, and hopefully not last, parkrun. Well done to Alfy McMORRAN, Callum FINNEY, Carl MAWBY, Mark WHITFIELD, Claire SOUTHALL, Anthony NICHOLLS, Luke EVANS, Ralph LOH, Steven BALES, Nagendra PRASAD, Kristers SKUTULIS, Alice ROUND, Raitis SKUTULIS, Laura HODGES, Anthony READ, Everita SKUTULE, Theresa CONNER, Dean GOODE, Shirley JOHNSON, Ian SINCLAIR, Trudy BURGESS and Olivia SOUTHALL. 14 runners completed their second overall parkrun, with nine of the ten returning to Braunstone for the second time recording personal bests. There were 70 runners in total who recorded PBs, over 18% of the field. Our parkrun continued to demonstrate that is really is for everyone as we had runners taking part from the youngest category of Under 10 years old all the way up to the 80-84 age category.
A random stat for the week, we had runners with christian names beginning with 22 different letters of the alphabet. If you have any friends called Quentin, Ulrika, Xavier or Yasmin get them along soon and maybe one day we’ll managed the full alphabet in one run!
Congratulations to Mark PERRY and Eddie HONE who both completed their 50th parkrun on Saturday while Jim MITCHINSON became the latest Braunstone parkrunner to join the 250 club, a mightily impressive achievement! This meant we had 5 members of the 250 club running on Saturday, alongside 46 members of the 100 club, 62 50 clubbers and 8 junior runners from the 10 club.
There were representatives of 32 running clubs taking part, including six different clubs represented by the first six finishers over the line. West End Runners were the most prolific, providing 25 runners, 6.5% of the total field.
The front of the pack, and a noteworthy performance from Anne HOLYLAND ensured that the first male and female finisher were first and second overall, something that last occurred almost a year ago to the day on September 19th 2015.
Nathan LAWSON (SM18-19) of Huncote Harriers, was first over the line in 16:12 - second time in 13 appearances.
James BREWSTER (SM25-29) of Anstey Amblers and Runners, was second (third overall) over the line in 18:01.
Ryan PEGG (SM30-34) of Desford Striders, was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:05 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Anne HOLYLAND (VW35-39) of Wreake Runners, was first (second overall) over the line in 17:45 - 5th time in 6 appearances.
Kathy ROLINGTON (VW55-59) of West End Runners, was second (54th overall) over the line in 21:51 - was first to finish once before.
Sarah LEE (SW25-29) of West End Runners, was third (65th overall) over the line in 22:25 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Even though we’ve survived the holiday season we are always on the lookout for volunteers, it really is a rewarding way to give something back to parkrun. If anyone would like to volunteer in the upcoming weeks, have a look at the roster here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone/futureroster/, email us at email@example.com or message us via the Facebook page. There are a variety of roles that might take your fancy and you will be provided with full training and much appreciation from the core team and runners alike.