Cambridge parkrun #470 – 27th April 2019

The balmy Easter weekend seemed like distant memory as many donned their running tights and even the odd pair of gloves, as the remnants of storm Hannah made it self known to the 439 parkrunners at Milton Country Park last Saturday. That said the course looked to be in tip top condition with no trace of any of the now legendary puddles that can turn the course into an ‘old school’ cross country more akin to an open water swim.

Numbers were however down on the previous week, possibly due to it being the eve of this year's edition of the London Marathon, with those brave souls taking a rest in preparation for the big one the following morning. There was however 20 runners starting their first ever parkrun - maybe some of you will be on the marathon start line this time next year?

Despite the over cast conditions, the sun did manage to poke its head through the clouds momentarily during the pre-run briefing, at which point I headed off to take up my position as a marshal near the half way point, just before the long straight that leads to what used to be known as the ’slippery bridge’. A recent injury has forced me to take a short break from running, with volunteering being the best way of maintaining one’s need for a weekly parkrun fix. After all it was an injury that led Paul Sinton-Hewitt to establish the first ever parkrun in Bushy Park way back in 2004.

Being at what approximates to the 2.5k mark on the course, the front runners were with me in a little over 8 minutes, followed by a pretty steady stream for the next 30 minutes or so. If you’ve never marshalled before, you’ll find it a great way to congratulate, motivate and generally interact with those taking part, Indeed it’s interesting to observe where you would be in the field based on your own particular pace. After about 15 minutes, the leaders were coming past again, lapping the main field and offering encouragement to those who they were passing. These included first finisher Andrew Hartley, with an impressive and aesthetically pleasing age grading of 77.77% ! and first lady finisher Helen Barry who was 18th overall, with a similarly impressive age grading of 76.82 %

Other notable achievements included Daniel Georges Aguila-Agon topping the age graded placings with a very impressive 82.32%

As well as Gary Howell and Valerie Allen who earned their 50 shirts. With David Sales, George Pake & Samantha Austin all earning their 100 shirts.

And not forgetting the 61 runners who achieved course PBs.

Finally another aesthetically pleasing stat to end on. Joe Girling whose time was 20:20, which matched his existing PB of 20:20. On both occasions he finished in 27th position. That’s 20 20 running for you !

A big thank you to all the volunteers with whom Cambridge parkrun 470 would not have been possible.

Alex EBERLIN • Ben MOSS • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Catriona COLE • Christine ADAMS • Clare DOWNIE • Elaine HENDRIE • Emma GREAVES • Gary COLE • Geoff MEADS • Hilary SELLARS • Jacqueline BELL • James STOCKER • Jennie PEACOCK • Jenny PAYNE • Joe TOWNSEND • Lauren GREAVES • Leslie PAUL • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Lorna ANDERSON • Mark YEATES • Mary HOLMES • Mary MITCHELL • Mike DIFRANCO • Pamela ABBOTT • Parminder LALLY • Paul CRUSH • Pauline BLAKE • Richard JONES • Ricky MITCHELL • Susan HORROD • Tony CHAPMAN • Valerie MORGAN

Injury permitting, I hope to be pacing a few of you next Saturday at an as yet unspecified time !

Richard