Run report - Chris Czora
Saturday morning required many of us to peel ourselves away from the excitement of the Olympic pentathlon and Tom Daley’s performance in the Men’s 10m platform… as it was time for some athletic endeavours of our own - the Daventry parkrun!
This is the third week of parkrun’s return, and it’s great to once again have that air of anticipation and excitement ahead of Saturday morning. To quote the old John Lennon song, it’s “just like starting over”
As a relatively inexperienced runner, I’ve found it great to again have the experience of group running, and it’s surprising how much of a ‘pull’ it provides. This was my second parkrun back (missed last week with work commitments), and on both occasions I’ve been at least two minutes quicker than running solo. Perhaps my outright PB isn’t as impossible a target as I thought at the start of July!
Speaking of the Olympics… many of you may have heard an incredible stat on the ‘Free Weekly Timed’ official parkrun podcast, regarding the pace of Olympic runners. If you haven’t heard this stat, I’ll give you the details at the end of this report…
Onto Daventry parkrun and some early clouds soon cleared to provide bright, sunny conditions. We welcomed 36 first timers to Daventry, of whom 22 were taking part in their very first parkrun. If you’re one of those 22, congratulations on taking part, hope you enjoyed it and come back for some more! Plus if you made your first visit to Daventry parkrun, hope you enjoyed it and would be great to see you again.
The attendance grew yet again, with 262 participants. This is the biggest attendance at Daventry parkrun since February 2020, and represents a week-on-week increase since the event returned. Great to see so many people getting back to parkrun.
Before the start, Run Director Derek MONROE welcomed all participants, with a special recognition to all of the volunteers who made the event happen.
One notable achievement is that of Dave TARBUCK, one of the most familiar faces of Daventry parkrun. Saturday saw “Dave the Marshal” complete his 250th volunteering role. When you consider this was the 286th event, that’s an incredible achievement! So well done Dave, and thank you for your dedication.
Dave the Marshal
First runner home was Ollie GARROD of Epsom and Ewell Harriers who posted a 16:37, just over one minute ahead of Daventry Road Runners’ Daniel CLARKE. The first female runner was 11th over the line, Zoe KEMP of Human Energy AC, who posted 20 minutes flat. The second female runner was Kate BOND with a 22:55, the Daventry Road Runners member also posted the highest age percentage score of the event with 82.33%.
There were no recorded milestone participations, but a shoutout to UKNetrunner member Andy LANE, one of the first time visitors to Daventry but the most experienced parkrunner, as he completed his 454th event.
41 parkrunners recorded a course PB (which somehow included your worthy scribe!), congratulations to all who made that achievement. Well done and congratulations to all who took part, be it as a parkrunner, spectator or volunteer.
So to finish things off, here is the stat from Free Weekly Timed… If you can imagine the pace of someone completing a parkrun in 22 minutes. Some people are much quicker than that, for many of us that pace is a dream. Either way it’s fairly quick. If someone were to run the 800m Olympic final (2 laps of the running track) at that pace, they would be lapped. I thought that was incredible and really gives a ‘real world’ idea of how quick those top Olympians are!
This week, 262 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers: Stella-Maria THOMAS • Christopher EDGE • Karen BALLOCH • Dawn Maria Loughnane EDGE • Ian MOSER • Jody TOONE • Mike SMALLWOOD • Keith MOREMAN • Gary NICHOLLS • David TARBUCK • Daniel CLARKE • Derek MONROE • Neil METCALFE-SHEPPARD • Deborah MONROE • Ryan BAXTER • Claudia HUMMEL • Roy WHEELWRIGHT • Cheryl SUTHERS • Wendy DUGMORE • Margaret MCCLEAN • Erin TRANTER • Chris CZORA • Andrea RAYMOND • Christopher SPRY • Eddie RINGROSE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Daventry parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:19 on 5th August 2017 (event number 148).
The female record is held by Emma BOND who recorded a time of 18:07 on 21st July 2018 (event number 197).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 97.63% (23:11) on 29th December 2018 (event number 221).
Daventry parkrun started on 8th November 2014. Since then 7,824 participants have completed 61,198 parkruns covering a total distance of 305,990 km, including 10,020 new Personal Bests. A total of 728 individuals have volunteered 6,672 times.