It very rarely rains at 9am on a Saturday and for about 90% of our runs the weather is nice and dry but we made up for it this week with it starting to rain at 8.30am and not stopping! This no doubt put off some of our regular runners but 430 of you braved the elements and smiled your way through another fantastic parkrun.
Even more committed were the 21 parkrunners for whom today was their first ever parkrun - keep going it'll get drier.
A special mention today to our wonderful volunteers who braved the elements to ensure the event was as successfully as ever, that pesky rain sticks the finish tokens together, messes with the scanners, and generally make everything wet but this week's heroes shrugged it off and carried on as normal.
Last week 125 of you got personal bests, this week the hill was back and it struck back with a vengeance with only 37 personal bests this week. A special mention to Theo Barrett who got a pb on his 130th parkrun.
The best news you'll hear this week is that in 7 weeks it'll be New Years Day which is the only time in the year that you're able to run 2 parkruns on the same day. Chelmsford Central Parkrun will be starting at 10.30am giving you the opportunity to run Great Notley or Maldon at the earlier time of 9.00am. The bad news is that it's only 6 weeks to Christmas!!
This weeks results are as follows
Stephen STRANGE (SM20-24) of Basildon AC, was first over the line in 16:31 - 15th time in 16 appearances.
Tim WOULFE (SM30-34) of Braintree & District AC, was second over the line in 17:30 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Phillip SMITH (VM35-39) of Springfield Striders RC, was third over the line in 17:59.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Peter ADKINS (Unattached) 12069 pts.
John CUTTER (Unattached) 10908 pts.
Paul TURNER (Unattached) 9636 pts.
Karis GRAYBURN (SW30-34) of RunFit Essex, was first (39th overall) over the line in 20:57 - second time in 83 appearances.
Emily SMITH (VW35-39) of Springfield Striders RC, was second (53rd overall) over the line in 21:33 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Claire SPLARN (VW35-39) of RunFit Essex, was third (70th overall) over the line in 22:02.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Kristy BURTON (Unattached) 12643 pts.
Diana BOND (Unattached) 11733 pts.
Nichola NORMAN (Springfield Striders RC) 10578 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Stephen STRANGE (SM20-24) was graded 78.10% for the time 16:31 (first overall).
John HOLLAND (VM75-79) was graded 77.49% for the time 24:53 (153rd overall).
Ruth FERGUSON (VW60-64) was graded 76.54% for the time 25:43 (195th overall)
Chelmsford Central parkrun started on 19th January 2013, and since then 7,615 different runners, including participants from 364 athletics clubs, have completed 72,338 runs covering a total distance of 361,690 km, and there have been 13,858 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Gemma KERSEY who ran in a time of 00:16:52 on 9th August 2014 (event number 82).
The male record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 00:14:56 on 17th August 2013 (event number 30).
The Age Grade course record is held by Billy BRAZIER who recorded a 90.95% run (21:44) on 30th April 2016 (event number 176).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chelmsford Central parkrun Results Page.
Have a good week.
The Chelmsford Central core team are:
Gerry McGovern : Tracy Rayner : Paul Brookes : Taara Brabant : David Hayday
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