Castle Park event #74 – 9th February 2019

After last week's Parkrun was postponed due to icy conditions, the course conditions could not have been more different this Saturday. The set up team arrived bright and early reporting that the grass was muddy and slippery from the previous day's rain whilst the wind meant that some branches had to be removed from the course.

Despite this it was a beautiful (if a little breezy) morning for my first stint as RD and all the volunteers turned up on time and did an excellent job which eased my nerves considerably. It was brilliant to see so many people out in the sunshine getting active whilst also showing the amazing community spirit that Parkrun is all about.

This week 327 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part. A particular warm welcome goes to our tourist visitors from the likes of Stevenage, St Albans, Great Cornard, King's Lynn and Chester!

Congratulations to Suzanne Annis, Keith Kellard, Tim Benson, Vanessa Bowerman and Julie Rowe who all completed their 50th runs and David Rutter who reached 100 this week!

The event was made possible by 24 fabulous volunteers. Unfortunately no one came forward to act as photographer for the second week running so there aren't any photos. This week's volunteers were:

Paula REYNOLDS • Kevin WATSON • Melanie WATSON • Matthieu MILITON • Lyndon HEARN • Kevin MULLY • Mairi MALCOLM • Luke SHEPHERD • Alison MALCOLM • Kobus SMITH • Ian PENSON • Helen BRUNTON • Eloise ATKINS • Graham SMITH • Scott NUGENT • Emma NICHOLSON • Elizabeth PHILLIPS • Diane FOSSEY • Simon DEWHURST • Sarah FOOT • Malcolm DEWHURST • Luca SANTOS SIMS • Seth HUI • Joe HALL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Castle Park parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:37 on 7th October 2017 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Megan EVANS who recorded a time of 18:18 on 4th November 2017 (event number 6).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jenny BRAYSHAW who recorded 86.60% (24:08) on 10th February 2018 (event number 22).

Castle Park parkrun started on 30th September 2017. Since then 3,684 participants have completed 21,259 parkruns covering a total distance of 106,295 km, including 3,929 new Personal Bests. A total of 454 individuals have volunteered 2,223 times.

Thank you to everyone who ran and volunteered this week which made my RD debut bother stress-free and enjoyable! Enjoy your Sunday evening and all that is left for me to do is hand over to Chris who will be looking after you all next week.


Run Director

Your Castle Park parkrun core team are Chris, Christopher, Ellen, Francesca, Grace, Joanne, Julie, Kevin, Kobus, Luke, Melanie, Oliver, Phily, Simon and Tory