Cambridge parkrun turned 9 this weekend and it was brilliant to have 506 of you take part for a birthday, walk, jog or run. Over the last 9 years, 18,545 people have completed the 5k route at Milton, covering a distance of 813,425km and collectively running for 8years, 182days, 6 hours and 54seconds! I think we should extend a very warm thank you to Milton country park for supporting the event so whole heartedly over the years. Our collective 813,425 kilometres have put lots of wear and tear on the paths, so please do help to support them by parking in the carpark or donating the odd pound here or there if you walk or cycle to the event. Remember Milton country park is a charity and receives NO funding from the local council.
The first event was a rather smaller affair than we are used to these days, with only 71 people taking part. Of those 71, three of them also completed this Saturdays run; Terry BRAVERMAN, 34:36 who has completed 373 parkruns in total of which 279 have been at Cambridge; Julie L STRINGER, 29:11, who has completed 311 parkruns in total, with 230 of them at Cambridge and Pauline BLAKE, 37:40, who has completed 336 parkruns in total, with 252 of them at Cambridge. Meaning between them they have completed 761 Cambridge parkruns and covers 3805km round the park! Collectively, they have also volunteered on 83 separate occasions.
Over the last 9 years there have been 306 different first finishers. For the ladies, Helen BARRY has most regularly crossed the line first, with 26 first finishes. Ruth JONES is just behind her on 21 and Claire WILSON has crossed the line as the first lady on 17 occasions. For the men, Chris DARLING, has finished first a whopping 77 times. Jonathan ESCALANTE-PHILLIPS and Tom VICKERY have finished first on 16 and 15 occasions respectively. You can see who else has finished first over the last 9 years by heading here.
Over the last 9 years 27, 516 PB have been obtained, including 53 on Saturday. Some PB’s of note this week include; Deborah CLARK, 36.42, who only started parkrunning in January of this year and is already 4 minuets quicker than her first event, Caroline DAY, 35:28, who is on a PB streak, obtaining a PB in every event so far in 2019. Roger BETT 33.47, who is new to parkrun and has taken over 7 minuets off his very first event. Dean SNOW 27.30, another person new to parkrun, who has obtained a PB in his last 3 events. Sam PARKER, 22:46, who after 83 runs at Cambridge took 16 seconds of his previous best time to run sub 23 minutes. And Andrew BUTCHER, 18.43, who since December has bagged 4 PB’s and taken 38 seconds off his time, no mean feat when your running sub 20! Well done to everyone else who ran a PB this week.
It was event number 459 this week and the person finishing in position 459 was Sally HEWINGS. It was Sally’s first ever parkrun and she finished in a time of 36:43, achieving an age grade of 48.66%. We hope you enjoyed your parkrun experience Sally and will see you again in the future. As its Cambridge’s 9th Birthday I thought we would also name check the person who finished in 9th place; Ben HUMPHREYS, it was Bens first time at Cambridge and he completed the course in 18.58, achieving an age grading of 74.17%. Ben has completed 4 different parkrun events, with his quickest being at Brighouse at the end of last year.
James REED was first to cross the finish at Cambridge this week in a time of 16:56, Adam TAPLEY was second in 17:21 and Richard MOORE was third in 18:17, with Gordon Andrew IRVINE hot on his heals in 18:20. Lisa MARRIOTT, was the first lady to finish this week (10th overall) in a time of 19:05, Charlotte EAST, was the second lady to finish in 19:54 (20th overall), and Ellie SWIRE was the third lady (27th overall) in 20:34. First for the juniors was Kyan MAYO (36th overall) in 20:54, while Amy COPE was the first female junior (169th overall) in a time of 25:58.
We had five people join milestone run clubs this week; Leah YARDY, Max ISAACSON and Teilo ASTILL-MURRAY, all run their 10th adult parkrun as juniors, Anthony RICHARDSON completed his 50th parkrun, while Gemma WATT, joined the 100 club. Well dome to you all.
It just remains for me to thank all the volunteers who help ensure parkrun ran smoothly this week. Did you know we need a minimum of around 33 volunteers to enable us to safely put on a timed parkrun each week? If you regularly take part please do offer to help from time to time. More details about helping can be found here. Thank you to; Pamela ABBOTT, Unknown ATHLETE, Tony CHAPMAN, Lisa CLATWORTHY, Hannah COOKE, Andrew CORBETT, Suzanne CROCKER, Matthew GOVETT, Antony HELLIWELL, Jo HORLEY, Hayley HORROD, Susan HORROD, Martin Daniel HORROD, Kaitlyn HORROD, Mike HORSCROFT, Jools HUDSON, John JOHNSON, Michaela JOYSEY, Parminder LALLY, Leslie LAWRENCE, Maria MARTIN, Fiona MCDAID, Caroline MCGONIGAL, Ben MOSS, Roisin MUNNELLY, Jenny PAYNE, Sally STEWART, James STOCKER, Stephen STRETTON, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Adam TAPLEY, Tony TOMLINSON, Joe TOWNSEND, Janet WILLMOTT, Claire WILSHAW, Mark YEATES.
Julia (your rather rotund, slow and dyslexic run reporter)