Braunstone parkrun #308 – 17/09/2016

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.

Male placings:
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.

Female placings:
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 braunstonehelpers@parkrun.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.

 

Braunstone parkrun #305 – 27/08/2016

Saturday 27th August 2016 was the #IAMTeamGB a post Olympic promotion where ITV switched off all seven of it's channels for an hour to encourage folk to get off of their sofas, and take part in sport.

We arrived at Braunstone parkrun, to a sea of Red, White and Blue: Banners, Balloons ,Stickers, and Union Jack attire, to celebrate Team GB's success.
Watching the Olympics 4 years ago, was what inspired myself and my sons to start running. 4 years on we are still running, competing in races, cross country events, and are regular volunteers at parkrun.

There was a brilliant atmosphere at this weeks parkrun with a massive 437 runners, of which 27 were first timers. 2 of these first timers, I caught up with as they were crossing the finish line, balloons in hand. Jake and Oliver Cohen are only 4 and 8 years old, and finished the 5k course with smiles on their faces. Big well done to you both, and hope to see you again soon.

There were milestone celebrations for Bruce Parry, Gary Cockayne and Julie Hemmett who completed their 50th parkrun in traditional Birstall Running Club style. They ran together, and came up the last hill to the end with Birstall members either side clapping them in. Well done also to Andrew Spare, Chris Newton and George Newton who also completed their 50th parkrun this week.

If anyone is running a milestone parkrun, let the Run Director know on the day, and we can help them celebrate their achievement.

As always a BIG thank you to all of our volunteers, without your help parkrun wouldn't take place. New volunteers are always welcome, and training will be given to you. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at braunstonehelpers@parkrun.com

Photos from Saturday can be found at Braunstone parkrun flickr group.

Happy running!

Amanda

Braunstone parkrun core team

 

Braunstone parkrun #303 – 13/08/2016

A sudden downpour greeted our runners at 8.50am on Saturday, but luckily it all dried up for the 9am start. 363 runners took part in our 303rd event and of these, 34 were first timers to our parkrun, some tourists and some completely new parkrunners. Welcome to you all!

The rain at the start meant that it was quite good PB weather and 52 of you managed to get one! These are our first finishers of the morning:

Male placings:
James DOUGLAS (VM45-49) of Charnwood AC, was first over the line in 16:28 - 10th time in 23 appearances.
Ian SMITH (VM35-39) of Hinckley RC, was second over the line in 17:01 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Daniel ALLINSON (SM25-29) of Leicester Coritanian AC, was third over the line in 17:38 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Vickie HALLAM (VW40-44) of West End Runners, was first (40th overall) over the line in 21:21 - 15th time in 213 appearances.
Kathy ROLINGTON (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (43rd overall) over the line in 21:45.
Sarah LEE (SW25-29) of West End Runners, was third (48th overall) over the line in 22:10 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.

One of our first timers was a little larger than most and bright yellow! A 6 foot Pikachu decided to dodge all those pokeballs from PokemonGo mad people and do a lap of our course. Bollards proved a slight challenge though, but luckily Pikachu stayed upright with a little help.

After the parkrun, we ran a CPR and AED training session for parkrunners and had some fantastic instruction from Red Cross volunteers Pete and Fay Williams. Thank you very much to both of you. We will be organising some more training sessions for our parkrunners in the coming weeks so please look out for these. We recently purchased an AED for our event and this is kept at the finish area should anyone need it. Please inform the Run Director, Mark or myself, or one of the volunteers if this is required.

We have had a couple of runners fall over the speed bumps in recent weeks, so please be careful on the downhill section of the course. We have added an extra marshal in that area and some warning signs, so hopefully we can avoid any further injuries. We do have a first aid kit available at the start area, so please see the Run Director if you require any first aid assistance.

Happy parkrunning! See you all next week

Julie

Event Director

 

Braunstone parkrun #302 – 06/08/2016

Braunstone parkrun number 302 rolled around and as ever it was only made possible by the efforts of a hardy band of volunteers. They were Patrick ALDERSON, Clinton BARRATT, Maxwell Henry BARRATT, Michelle BROWN, Dawn CHAPMAN, Huw DAVIES, Julie HEMMETT, Steve HIBBEN, Steve HICKINGBOTTOM, Mark HODSON, Stephen HUTTON, Deena INGHAM, Raj KAUR RAGI, Nick MOORE, Ben NEWCOMBE, Rebecca PARRY, Kathy ROLINGTON, Richard SINGER, Caroline SMISSEN, Ella SPENCE, Angus SPENCE, Andy STEVENSON, Mike TINBERGEN and Elisa WHITTLESTONE.

There were 14 brand new parkrunners this week, we hope you enjoyed it and come back to join us soon Dean KETTLE, Darren PRITCHARD, Rupesh MASANI, Danny CULLEN, Hermine JAMES, Anthony BROOKES, Sue WHILES, Gemma HOLLINGWORTH, Rebecca MADDOCKS, Wendy GARDNER, Sarah LOUISE, Molly MURRAY, Romeol TSIOPANI and Tracey KINSLEY. There were a further 29 parkrunners making their Braunstone debut thanks largely a number of visitors from Leicester Victoria due to the Caribbean Carnival taking over their park for the day. We hope you enjoyed your run with us, do come back and cheat on Victoria with us again sometime soon, you burn more calories running 5k at Braunstone than you do on the flatter Victoria Park route!

Remarkably in a field of over 400 we only had three t-shirt worthy landmarks. Well done to junior parkrunner Elliott HODSON who completed his 50th senior parkrun, all of which have been at Braunstone. Also, congratulations to juniors Luka FROSCH and Megan HODSON who completed their 10th parkrun. There are milestones looming though as Daniel Luke ARMSTRONG completed his 99th run and George MOFFAT completed his 49th, all of which have been at Braunstone for both runners. We had two members of the 250 club, 62 members of the 100 club, 72 members of the 50 club and 13 juniors from the 10 club out on the park.

There were a fantastic 57 personal bests recorded this week, 17% of the known runners out on the course running at Braunstone for the second time or more.

Well done to those runners who made it to their post run cakes and breakfast the earliest this week.

Male placings:
Gavin MCDERMOTT (VM45-49) of Hermitage Harriers RC, was first over the line in 16:36 - first appearance.
Michael TROTT (SM30-34) of Hermitage Harriers RC, was second over the line in 16:57.
Mungo PRIOR (JM11-14) of Ilford AC, was third over the line in 17:03.

Female placings:
Charlie AUSTIN (SW25-29) of Wigston Phoenix R C, was first (10th overall) over the line in 18:53 - 11th time in 40 appearances.
Kathy ROLINGTON (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (44th overall) over the line in 21:04.
Vickie HALLAM (VW40-44) of West End Runners, was third (47th overall) over the line in 21:10 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.

As we are in the midst of the holidays now is as good a time as any to dip your toe into volunteering whether you’ve done it before or not. 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 braunstonehelpers@parkrun.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.

By Huw Davies

Braunstone parkrunner

 

Braunstone parkrun #301 – 30/07/2016

First and foremost as ever a big round of virtual applause for our team of volunteers who made Braunstone parkrun 301 happen. They were Patrick ALDERSON, Michelle BROWN, Huw DAVIES, Caren FROSCH, Luka FROSCH, Aimee GEARY, Sarah GORDON, Mike HIGGOTT, Daniel MCLAUGHLIN, Jim MITCHINSON, Dave MUDDIMER, Denise MUDDIMER, Ben NEWCOMBE, Kathy ROLINGTON, Heather SANDHAM-BAILEY, Richard SINGER, Angus SPENCE, Zach SPENCE, Ella SPENCE, Julie THOMPSON, and Mark Andrew THOMPSON.

An impressive 354 of you, 50 up on the previous week, propelled yourselves around Braunstone on Saturday morning, of which a whopping 73, over 20% of the field, recorded new personal bests!

We welcomed 19 people on their maiden parkrun voyage, please come back and join us again soon Rashidi KASINDI, Tony WHILES, Riley FLUKE, Mark FLANAGHAN, Barbara HEWITT, James WATSON, Luke WEST, Jo FLUKE, Diana BELL, Chrissy KNIGHT, Dave CHAMBERS, Simon HANNA, Isaac PETTITT, Harjan SINGH, Rachel FIRTH, Anna PULSFORD, Mhairi MORRIS, Michelle PELLETIER and Mary STARIE. There were a further 10 parkrunners making their Braunstone debut, we hope you enjoyed your run with us.

Hearty congratulations to Stella Nombulelo NGORIMA (87 runs at Braunstone) and David PEET (96 at Braunstone) who both completed their 100th parkrun this week. Well done also to Claire ABBOTT, Teresa RIZOYANNIS and Neil GILLETT who all completed their 50th parkrun. We had two members of the 250 club, 49 members of the 100 club, 54 members of the 50 club and 8 juniors from the 10 club running this week.

To those speedy souls who cantered over the line and reached their coffee and cake earliest, well done to those who led us home this week.

Male placings:
Anthony WOODWARD (SM30-34) of Hermitage Harriers RC, was first over the line in 16:10 - 4th time in 17 appearances.
Matty ADCOCK (VM35-39) of Hermitage Harriers RC, was second over the line in 16:22 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.
Ash PAYNE (SM30-34) of Desford Striders, was third over the line in 17:22, a new personal best time - was first to finish once before.

Female placings:
Emma ACHURCH (SW18-19) of Leicester Walking Club (yes really!!), was first (8th overall) over the line in 18:51 - 4th time in 5 appearances.
Kathy ROLINGTON (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (25th overall) over the line in 20:52.
Vickie HALLAM (VW40-44) of West End Runners, was third (33rd overall) over the line in 21:12 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.

The summer season is notoriously hardly to recruit volunteers due to people jetting off to sunnier climes so if you’ve been umming and ahhing about joining the volunteering party, now is certainly the time! 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 braunstonehelpers@parkrun.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.

By Huw Davies

Braunstone parkrunner

 

Braunstone parkrun #300 – 23/07/16

Now we are right in the middle of the holiday season it is absolutely vital to ensure we can keep filling our volunteer roster. Our parkrun simply cannot function without our fantastic volunteers, and like many runs the Braunstone roster often has the same faces doing their bit week in, week out. Whilst we really appreciate our regular volunteers, we are always happy to see new people trying out the wide variety of roles available. All roles are simple and fun to do, and any training required will be given

Let’s celebrate our wonderful volunteers who made Braunstone parkrun 300 happen. They were Michael John BROOKES, Michelle BROWN, Stuart COE, Huw DAVIES, Rosette.n. DIKEBELE, Lesley GRIFFIN, Julie HEMMETT, Steve HIBBEN, Mike HIGGOTT, Stephen HUTTON, Chris KERRY, Ben NEWCOMBE, Joe PARKER, Kathleen Mary PARKER, Ann POPOVICH, Kathy ROLINGTON, Richard SINGER, Julie THOMPSON, Mark Andrew THOMPSON, Mike TINBERGEN and Elisa WHITTLESTONE.

There were 304 runners gallivanting around Braunstone on Saturday morning, rarely would I suggest fewer runners attending could be a good thing but it would have provided tremendous symmetry and had Elliott Line (parkrun stats wizard) purring if four of you would have stayed in bed or volunteered instead. A fantastic 30 of you powered to a personal best, impressive on such a hot and sticky morning. Particularly noteworthy were Kim Martin HATHRELL and Alison Jayne HATHRELL who motored to new personal bests in their 156th and 210th runs respectively.

Congratulations to David BECKERTON who completed his 50th parkrun this week, 37 of which have been with us at Braunstone. We had one member of the 250 club, 49 members of the 100 club, 58 members of the 50 club and 12 junior runners from the 10 club out on the park this week.

To the front runners, well done to those who led us home this week.

Male placings:
Alex PERCY (SM18-19) of Wreake and Soar Valley AC, was first over the line in 16:25 - 9th time in 51 appearances and a personal best.
An unknown runner was second.
Joshua WEST (JM15-17) of Leicester Coritanian AC, was third over the line in 17:11 and a personal best.

Female placings:
Emma ACHURCH (SW18-19) of Leicester Walking Club, was first (9th overall) over the line in 19:10 - third time in 4 appearances.
Charlie AUSTIN (SW25-29) of Wigston Phoenix R C, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 20:49 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Kathy ROLINGTON (VW55-59) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 21:12.

 

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 braunstonehelpers@parkrun.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 appreciate from the core team and runners alike.

By Huw Davies

Braunstone parkrunner

 

Braunstone parkrun #299 – 16th July 2016

After the monsoon conditions of last week, it was nice to be greeted by pleasant dry conditions for the latest event.

Event number 299 was full of celebrations...50th run for Richard Fawcett, Paul Chick, Helen Webb, Jackie Branson..... and then we had 2 escaped convicts who claimed they had milestone runs too -  50th for Raj Kaur Ragi and 100th run for Dawn Chapman. Hmmm, they looked shifty as anything, but luckily we had the long leg of the law PC Parker, and Sheriff Mayes who cunningly managed to catch them after luring them with large slabs of cake.

There were belated 50th run celebrations (ie excuse for dressing up and cake) for Ian Murdey and Beth & Kevin Waite.

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Add to that, it was our super amazing Jill Perry's 82nd Birthday today (17th July) and there was a great party feel.
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And while we are celebrating, let's celebrate the role that our volunteers play in ensuring all goes safely and smoothly, so massive thanks to:


•  Alfie WRIGHT  •  Amy BENZIE  •  Angus SPENCE  •  Ann POPOVICH •  Ben NEWCOMBE
•  Cheryl WRIGHT  •  Cian PALMER-HOLMES  •  Darren STELL •  Elisa WHITTLESTONE
•  Evie WRIGHT  •  Fiona ASHMORE  •  Julie THOMPSON •  Les BREWIN
•  Mark Andrew THOMPSON  •  Melanie Deanne SNUTCH •  Melanie YORKE
•  Michelle BROWN  •  Mike TINBERGEN  •  Nick MOORE •  Nita COYLE
•  Paul CHICK  •  Richard SINGER  •  Stephen HUTTON •  Steve HIBBEN
•  Stuart COE  •  Stuart TEASDALE

Thanks to those volunteers, 315 runners were able to complete the 5km run, walk and buggy push. Welcome to parkrun to the 14 runners for whom it was their first ever parkrun, and welcome to Braunstone for the 12 runners visiting us for the first time. And despite the humid conditions, 36 of you managed to set personal bests!

First man home was Mark Powell of Leicester Coritanians, who had a battle right to the closing stages with George Birt of Hermitage Harriers, with Mark recording a time of 15:41, and George setting a new PB of 15:48. And not far behind these two was Tony Woodward, also of Hermitage Harriers in a time of 16:18.

First lady home was Charlie Austin of Wigston Phoenix in a time of 21:31 for 44th position overall. Just one position and 4 seconds behind Charlie was Sarah Lee of West End Runners in a time of 21:35, with Sarah's club mate Claire Harrison third lady in a time of 22:04 - just one second outside her PB.

It is great to see so many of you, young or old, running kits and football kits, leading dogs or pushing buggies. parkrun is there to be enjoyed by everyone and it doesn't matter if you are running or walking, you are part of what makes parkrun such an inclusive, friendly and enjoyable community.

Course Safety

Some of you may be aware that we had quite a nasty fall after someone tripped on the downhill section. We are pleased to report that the runner is ok, albeit with a few cuts and bruises as a souvenir of the day. Whilst we do everything we can to ensure everything proceeds safely, all runners need to be aware of their surroundings. There are speed bumps and some areas where the path is breaking up, so please keep an eye out for where you are placing your feet, and if there are any possible obstacles call out to ensure that runners behind you are also aware.

AED Update

Thanks to your fundraising efforts, we will be having an AED delivered to us in the next few days. At the end of play on Friday we had raised £795 of our target of £800...and it isn't even two weeks since we launched the appeal. If you do still want to donate, you can do so. Any extra will go to child pads or additional spares.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone/aboutus/

And over the next few weeks, we are looking to arrange some training sessions for AED use and CPR. These will be open to any of you that want to attend, and we really want to encourage as many of you as possible to come along. They will take place immediately after parkrun, and we will publicise the details once they are confirmed.
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Volunteering

School holidays are upon us, and that always means the next few weeks are a bit more challenging to fill our volunteer roster to ensure that the events can go ahead safely.

We really want to encourage more of you to come forward and volunteer. It is a really fun way of seeing parkrun from a different side. We will always make sure that you are trained in what you need to do, and if you have specific requirements such as needing to get away fairly early, then we will do our best to accommodate you, and we will never ask you to do a role that you don't want to do.

Next time you are running parkrun, take a look at the person next to you, and then take a look at the next volunteer you see, and see which of them has the biggest smile on their face!!

Some interesting stats about volunteering. In the past 12 months there have been 1096 counts of volunteering at Braunstone, and these roles have been carried out by 289 different people. Whilst that sounds like a big pool of people, there are always occasions, typically at holiday times, where we are struggling.
And to really put it in to context, fewer different people have volunteered in the past 12 months than run Braunstone on any typical Saturday.

There will never be any obligation for you to volunteer, but if you haven't tried it yet, give it a go. I'm sure you will find it a really enjoyable experience.

If you are able to help, then you can either comment on our Facebook page, see the Run Director on a Saturday or can email braunstonehelpers@parkrun.com

We would also like to get back to having regular run reports, so if you would like to help out by doing that, please drop us an email at the same address.

See you all next week for more of the same fun.

Mark & Julie Thompson
Event Directors

 

 

AED Fundraising

IMPORTANT - FUNDRAISING REQUEST

parkrun has always been free, and always will be. You will never be asked to pay to take part in parkrun.

There is already a mechanism in place that allows you to donate, and we are very grateful for all the donations that we have received since our launch in September 2010. These have helped us buy equipment to supplement our essential kit, to host volunteer awareness events for example.

But we have never really promoted this, or actively sought donations, for the simple reason that we had pretty much everything we need.

However, we are now going to ask for your help. We would like to supplement what we already have in our donations pot, and purchase a defibrillator for Braunstone parkrun. Therefore we are looking to raise a further £800. This will enable us to purchase an easy to use AED, but also leave sufficient to factor in the need for replacement batteries and pads in future.

Whilst we do have access to an AED at the Leisure Centre, but this is at least a 10 minute return trip away, and literally every minute makes a massive difference. There is a reduction in the chance of survival by 7-10% for every minute's delay in administering defibrillation for a cardiac arrest.

In the past couple of years we have seen incidents at parkruns in Nottingham and Market Harborough, at local races, and also with one of our very own runners at the London Marathon.

The combination of CPR and an AED hugely improves the chances of survival. But often people have a real fear about whether they would be able to do what was required. Whilst Julie is a medical professional, I'm an IT Manager with very limited first aid background. But I am confident that I would be able to administer CPR and use an AED if needed.
I have had basic training in these, and now appreciate there is no need to be afraid. CPR is straightforward, and most of the recent AEDs literally talk to you to tell you exactly what you need to do.

So we are also talking to a local organisation that are willing to come along and offer any of   our runners training, which is likely to take place immediately after parkrun on a number of Saturdays. The exact dates are still to be agreed, but we are probably looking at later in the summer.

Purchasing an AED has been discussed on occasions in the past. But we are sure that the advancements in technology of the defibs, and the ability to supplement with training means that this is now a no-brainer.

So how do I donate?

There is a link to donate via PayPal here:

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone/aboutus/

Please make sure that you add a comment to say this for an AED for Braunstone when you donate. Normally 85% of the donation goes to the event, and 15% goes to support the setup of new events. By adding this comment, all of your donation goes towards the AED.

Thanks for the support that we know we will receive, both in terms of donations and attendance at the training sessions.

Mark & Julie
Event Directors

 

Braunstone parkrun #295 – 18th June 2016

Firstly, a little bit of housekeeping. As the holiday season approaches it is absolutely vital to ensure we can keep filling our volunteer roster. Our parkrun simply cannot function without volunteers and like many runs the Braunstone roster generally has the same faces doing their bit week in, week out. It's great that we have these volunteers to rely on, but they can't always be there, and do also like to have a run once in a while.
So please consider helping out, it's great fun and a chance to see parkrun from a different perspective. We'll give you any training you need, and once you have done it for the first time I'm sure you'll be back for more.

In keeping with that plea, raise a cheer for your amazing volunteers for event 295. They were Sue ARMSTRONG, Richard BILLINGTON, Sharon CLARK, David CRAIG, Huw DAVIES, Julie HEMMETT, Nigel HENRY, Kathy HUGHES, Mike MATTHEWS, Joe MATTHEWS, Bob MCCALL, Ben NEWCOMBE, Amanda PALMER, Odhran PALMER-HOLMES, Cian PALMER-HOLMES, Kathy ROLINGTON, Heather SANDHAM-BAILEY, Caroline SMISSEN, Ella SPENCE, Lisa SPENCE, Angus SPENCE, Julie THOMPSON, Mark Andrew THOMPSON, Mike TINBERGEN and Cheryl WRIGHT.

There were 342 of you sprinting, galloping, jogging, trundling and fartleking around the park this week, with representatives of 35 different athletics clubs out on the course. A marvellous 74 of you took home a personal best, we really should get a PB bell at Braunstone to celebrate these.

Congratulations to James THURMAN who completed his 50th parkrun this week, 38 of which have been with us at Braunstone. Well done also to junior runners Jessica EICHEL, Grace PUGH (who celebrated with a PB!) and Beth PUGH who all completed their 10th parkrun. We had one member of the 250 club, a wonderfully round (in numerical terms!) 50 members of the 100 club, 52 members of the 50 club and 19 junior runners from the 10 club out on the park this week.

We welcomed 15 runners on their maiden parkrun voyage. Please come back and join us again next week Kate BROMLEY, Seako SIAMAND, Jake COLEMAN, Lois SHORT, Steve WELCH, Callum CHETWYND, Josh HILL, Mark LAMONT, Luke LAMONT, Connell LAMONT, Tammy LAMONT, Marian YOUSSOUF, Isabella PAPP, Alana CLAIRE and Anna ZUR.

There were a further 11 parkrunners who visited Braunstone for the first time. We’d love to see you again Gillian COULSON, Roger MORGAN, Tim MORGAN, Steve CROCKER, Fiona ASHMORE, Freya INGHAM, Richard HARLAND, Jane MORGAN, Neil JAGGARD, Keith TOLFREY and Christelle NGAKOUMOU.

To the front runners, well done to those who led us home this week.

Male placings:
Paul FEATHERSTONE (VM35-39) of Huncote Harriers, was first over the line in 17:01 - first time in 3 appearances.
Darren POTTER (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:05 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
An unknown runner was third so let’s mention Tim MORGAN who was our third “known” runner home in 17:48.

Female placings:
Carys Rose O'REILLY (JW11-14) of Hinckley RC, was first (45th overall) over the line in 21:25 - first time in 16 appearances.
Kathy ROLINGTON (VW55-59) (Unattached) was second (46th overall) over the line in 21:27.
Samantha MIDDLETON (VW40-44) of West End Runners, was third (57th overall) over the line in 21:56.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Lesley GRIFFIN (VW65-69) was graded 87.27% for the time 23:57 (111th overall).
Rob SHEEN (VM55-59) was graded 85.85% for the time 17:54 (5th overall).
Kathy ROLINGTON (VW55-59) was graded 83.29% for the time 21:27 (46th overall).

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 braunstonehelpers@parkrun.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 appreciate from the core team and runners alike.

 

Braunstone parkrun #289 – 09/05/16

The 289th Braunstone parkrun saw a sea of blue flowing around a park bathed in summer sunshine for the first genuinely warm run of 2016. There was a field of over 400 for the second time in three weeks, an achievement that has yet to happen at Braunstone on consecutive Saturdays, will we make it three in four and the elusive 400 two weeks running this week?

A huge hurrah for your wonderful volunteers without whom your event would simply not exist. This week they were Patrick ALDERSON, Andrew BETTS, Stuart COE, Gareth COYLE, David CRAIG, Huw DAVIES, Lisa ELLIS, Nigel HENRY, Salma JOOSUB, Michaela LATHAM, Samantha LORD, Stuart LOWE, Francis LUSK, Elaine O'CONNOR, Cian PALMER-HOLMES, Grace PUGH, Beth PUGH, Cathi RAE, Joanna RAVENHILL, Kathy ROLINGTON, Angus SPENCE, Lisa SPENCE, Kevin WAITE, Melanie YORKE. Please consider volunteering from time to time so the burden doesn’t always fall on the few.

We welcomed 30 new runners this week and hope they all come back and join us next week. There were a whopping 78 personal bests, either the weather getting people into the groove or people dashing round as quick as they could to get to a watering hole as Leicester became party central for a day and a night.

Congratulations to James MCCALL who ran his 100th parkrun in total and 80th at Braunstone and Kathy ROLINGTON who completed her 50th, all of which have been at Braunstone. A big hand too for junior runner Ella SPENCE who completed her 10th senior parkrun to go with 29 junior runs. Landmarks to look out for next week could be Linda SMITH who reached 49, all at Braunstone, while Peter HODSON (all at Braunstone) and Caroline SMISSEN (91 at Braunstone) both completed their 99th parkrun. Give them a big cheer if you see them covered in balloons or arriving with cake next time out.

Impressive stuff at the front of the pack this week as first and second finishers Ian FRITH and James DOUGLAS recorded the second and third quickest times around Braunstone in 2016.

Male placings:
Ian FRITH (SM25-29) of Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC, was first over the line in 16:17 - 5th time in 7 appearances.
James DOUGLAS (VM45-49) of Charnwood AC, was second over the line in 16:18 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Alex PERCY (SM18-19) of Wreake and Soar Valley AC, was third over the line in 16:46 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Fiona BROWN (JW15-17) of Leicester Coritanian AC, was first (33rd overall) over the line in 21:11 - first time in 4 appearances.
Charlie AUSTIN (SW25-29) of Wigston Phoenix R C, was second (38th overall) over the line in 21:27 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Vickie HALLAM (VW40-44) of West End Runners, was third (41st overall) over the line in 21:30 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
James DOUGLAS (VM45-49) was graded 87.01% for the time 16:18 (second overall).
Lesley GRIFFIN (VW65-69) was graded 86.24% for the time 24:14 (114th overall).
Kathy ROLINGTON (VW55-59) was graded 82.78% for the time 21:35 (43rd overall).

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 braunstonehelpers@parkrun.com or message us via the Facebook page

By Huw Davies

Braunstone parkrunner