Saturday dawned with a beautiful, autumnal feel. The leaves are changing but it was dry underfoot and by 9am it was feeling positively sultry at the start of the 62nd parkrun at California Country Park. There was clearly something in the air, because of the 151 finishers, 41 set a new PB. And I heard several people say they had just missed a best time. I can even confirm that my own time was the fastest since our return in August.
Among these new Personal Bests were the first female home, Sarah McDade and one of our co-Event Directors, Chris Manton. One new PB was an incredible 8 minutes faster than last week's time. Every new PB, regardless of time and position, is an outstanding effort and achievement from the individual. The event is a run; the race is only ever against ourselves. It's one of the reasons we get addicted!
We do however need to trumpet one more PB. Daniel Brookling ran 15:57, setting a new course record in the process! The old record of 16:11 was set on Christmas Day, 2019, by … Daniel Brookling! Massive congratulations to Daniel, and a thank you to him as well, as California Country can now claim to be a sub-16 minute course.
No parkrun can take place without the unstinting support of the volunteers. Whether they are marshalling, timing, scanning or setting up, their value is immense. So if you’ve just set a PB, and maybe recently reached a milestone Tee, why not add volunteering to your parkrun roll of achievements? According to a recent survey, 84% of parkrun volunteers feel happier as a result of volunteering.
California Country parkrun
Event number 62
25th September 2021
This week 151 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers (7 completely new to parkrun) and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Chris DALTON • Kevin STRONG • Ian THOMSON • Chris MANTON • Hayley HAMMOND • Gill MANTON • Daniel MANTON • Kerry EASTWOOD • Karen BERTOLINO • Joshua TAYLOR • Hannah MCPHEE • Tony DOLTON • Sarah AUSTIN • Chris PROWSE • Paul ABERSON • Meena THATHU • Elaine STOREY • Nicholas ROBINSON • Joanne GUY • Eshani KAUSHIK • Graeme PREDGEN • Clare PROUT • Noah CREASE • Nupur GALA • Marion STANDING • Lauren HAMMOND
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the California Country parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Freya DAVIS who recorded a time of 18:34 on 28th December 2019 (event number 46).
The male record is held by Daniel Anthony James BROOKLING who recorded a time of 15:57 on 25th September 2021 (event number 62).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ged RUFFLE who recorded 86.28% (19:48) on 3rd August 2019 (event number 24).
California Country parkrun started on 23rd February 2019. Since then 4,207 participants have completed 13,162 parkruns covering a total distance of 65,810 km, including 3,054 new Personal Bests. A total of 303 individuals have volunteered 1,473 times.