Colchester Castle parkrun Event number 310 23rd February 2019

Where poetry, poetry in motion and the competitive spirit combine
There were a few familiar faces missing from the front this week as they were away being part of the test run for our new second parkrun starting in Colchester this week. It seemed to take a few people by surprise and after everyone had sensibly lined up in order (thankyou all for that) there was a five meter gap to the start line that everyone seemed reluctant to fill. Using the lure of sweets and kind words we managed to coax them forward and we were finally off and away.
There was a minor hiccup with the finishing tokens but our wonderful volunteers were coolness personified and sorted it out without any dramas.
Now, I don’t know if it was the unseasonal spring like sunshine or if you lot have a new skin care regime but you all looked anywhere between 3 and 7% more gorgeous than usual, I hope this was reflected in any photos you had taken because you all looked like Gazelles out there.
Finally, during the week I got an email that got me thinking. Yes, it does happen occasionally. It was from the self-styled “parkrun poet” who after running our parkrun furnished us with a few verses.
breath back
oh look
a castle and snowdrops
castle hill now
I know
what made Boudica mad

sprint runners
shimmy through the gate

Now, if I know parkrunners there will be a few of you who’ll be thinking “I could do a parkrun poem”. So. From the parkrun that brought you “Madgate” I introduce you to, drum roll please, Poetry Corner.
If you are feeling the flow please message or email your attempts in and we will try to publish as many as we can. Only one rule; swearing and swearing about hills is not permitted.

This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 33 volunteers:

Eric SHAW • Gareth GAILEY • Kevin SHEATH • Nick OAKLEY • Jane WALSH • David COATES • Barry GILHEANY • Sue FOLEY • Allen BALL • Lisa CUBBERLEY • Adam TOYNE • Niamh MCNULTY • Jane MCNULTY • Slem MARTIN • Cheryl SMITH • Ellisa BAGGOTT • Dawn LIU • Claire LAWN • Karen MULHOLLAND • Sue CROSS • Edward CAMPBELL • Sylvia WHALLEY • Nick BARLOW • Belinda PERKINS • Vanessa CRANNIS • Julie GILBY • Lily GILBY • Andrew HOLLOCK • David CATTRELL • Sarah CATTRELL • Lynne KING • Sue LUDBROOK • Ethan WHITE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Colchester Castle parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Nicola ROGERS who recorded a time of 18:22 on 30th August 2014 (event number 71).
The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 15:41 on 22nd August 2015 (event number 123).
The Age Grade course record is held by Margaret DEASY who recorded 90.31% (18:34) on 12th April 2014 (event number 53).
Colchester Castle parkrun started on 6th April 2013. Since then 10,080 participants have completed 85,723 parkruns covering a total distance of 428,615 km, including 15,476 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,329 individuals have volunteered 7,556 times.