It was another lovely Saturday morning in Crane Park today for Crane parkrun #422.
There was a slight delay to the start because of a council bin lorry which was blocking the route, and a number of people still coming from the direction of the old start (when will we all get used to the new one?!) but soon enough the run briefing was happening and the timers were started.
As Tail Walker I set off at the back and chatted briefly to local celebrity Dennis Smith for the first 200m or so, before he sped up and said over his shoulder with a smile "I hope I don't see you again!" Many locals and other runners along the route waved and said hello to Dennis - he may well be the most popular person in Crane Park
Congratulations to the 138 runners & walkers today and a huge thank you to the 21 volunteers who made this event happen!
There were 17 PBs today and 14 First Timers at Crane including 4 people doing their first ever parkrun. Keep up that brilliant effort everyone.
There were no milestone runs completed today at Crane and given that it was run #422 it may have been auspicious if there had been statistics such as finishing in 4:22 (!), or in position 422 or completing a 422nd parkrun today but we didn't have any of those numbers. However there were a few notable finishers with the numbers 4 and 2 in them:
- Jonathan COX ran in 24:23 minutes
- Jeannie BARRETT finished in position 22
- Graham PROBETS finished in position 24
- George PRIOR finished in position 42
- John COLLIN finished in position 242
Finally, here are a couple of photos for you to enjoy. The first one is the snail at the new start location - we should adopt him/her as the Crane parkrun mascot! If you have any suggestions to name the snail please send them in to us ....
The second photo is the front and back of the field as they passed each other - Lars Blumenthal and Dennis Smith. Strong running from both of them! And a final special mention to today's first lady Claire Arnold who just missed out on her Crane PB by 2 seconds.... you'll beat it next time Claire!