Thank you all for coming along today to run, walk or volunteer. Today was a very special parkrun as we were celebrating our 1 year and our 50th Clare Castle parkrun. I would like to personally take the time to say a very special thank you to our team of core volunteers who without hesitation have been here to support and ensure the run goes ahead each week.
Our park trustees have been particularly generous personally giving up their time every week to ensure our community can enjoy our local free parkrun, and with the help and complete guidance of Geoffrey Bray we can proudly say we have been sponsored by Leeds Building Society to get the finish funnel resurfaced.
In addition, thank you so much for all the cakes and balloons, I think we can all agree the cake made by Emma Hastings and family was incredible!!! A further thanks to the Railway Cafe who accommodate us and our often muddy trainers every week, and further still generously provided us with some of the delicious sweet treats for todays event.
Of course there is also you guys, the participants who show up each week ready to run, it has been incredible to watch and see every individuals effort and goals being achieved. With that in mind I am going to mention a few that have stood out this year, Charlie Minette and his brother Harry. You will all know who we mean as we have all felt the sinking feeling as these incredible children lap us along with the father James who also volunteers when possible. Charlie currently holds the junior age grade record at an incredible 20:57 seconds. Further to this the Hopkin Brothers (Chay and Ben) who are always in the top 10 and show us how effortless those speeds are supposed to look. Our current female record is held by Hannah Irwin at 18:00 and our Male record holder is Chris Darling with a not so modest 16:10…no pressure. We recognize its not just about speed here though, many personal journeys have been met and we a particular proud everyone who joins us each week. Well done guys.
Now lets smash the next 50 parkruns and aim for some more PBS and milestones.
This week 114 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Michael BANNER • Ned GEMMILL • Trevor HASTINGS • Ronald BAREHAM • Marilyn BEVAN • Ivy WILLIAMS • Jo BIRCH • Yazmine SIEVEY • Richard SMITH • Derek BLAKE • Dee TERRY • Dave TERRY • Valerie BLAKE • Michael RUSSELL-YARDE • Kevin JAMIESON • Emma HASTINGS • Grace HASTINGS • Fern HASTINGS • Maya HUMPHRIES • Helene JUDGE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Clare Castle parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Hannah IRWIN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 9th December 2017 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Chris DARLING who recorded a time of 16:10 on 21st July 2018 (event number 40).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sandy THOROGOOD who recorded 83.87% (20:46) on 19th May 2018 (event number 32).
Clare Castle parkrun started on 30th September 2017. Since then 1,612 participants have completed 5,649 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,245 km, including 1,273 new Personal Bests.