Didcot parkrun Event Number 181 - 29th September 2018
By Matthew Seadon
I am writing this report as one of my challenges under the Boys' Brigade programme, well actually 2! Boys' Brigade is a programme for boys (and girls), similar in format to things such as cubs. One of my challenges was to take part in a fun run, and another was to write a report. I have run a few parkruns in the past, so I thought this was ideal.
Firstly, the statistics:
Event number 181 - 29th September 2018
This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Sarah THOMAS • David William ROBERTS • Helen BRIND • Murray MCKAY • Lewis COUSINS • Matthew SEADEN • Miranda HABERMEL • Gavin WARRINGTON • Gordon JACKSON • Sarah RUANE • Karl ROWAN • Charlotte WARRINGTON • Selina STILES • Ed GUTTERIDGE • Anna GUTTERIDGE • Karen SPACKMAN • Laura BRENCHLEY • Rachel WYATT-SMITH • Olivia BRENCHLEY • Ewan WARRINGTON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Didcot parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jonathan CORNISH who recorded a time of 15:58 on 15th April 2017 (event number 106).
The female record is held by Izzy FRY who recorded a time of 17:40 on 7th October 2017 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tracey LASAN who recorded 88.29% (21:04) on 7th May 2016 (event number 58).
Didcot parkrun started on 21st February 2015. Since then 4,283 participants have completed 27,996 parkruns covering a total distance of 139,980 km, including 5,416 new Personal Bests.
Now, as for my experience, well, I woke up on a bright morning, sun shining through, took a step outside and realised the sun was not yet taking full effect as it was quite cold. Nothing like a run to warm you up though. We trotted down to the start, and spoke to a few people to understand what it meant to them. For some, park run is an opportunity week in week out to try and achieve that personal best, run a few seconds faster than they had done before. For others, it is part of a regime to get fitter and healthier. For others, myself included, it is something fun to do from time to time. The distance is achievable for many with a little training so it really is something for all. I spoke to one couple, who took part in their first park run when they were 72 and 76; they have now completed well over 170 runs each, so there must be something addictive about it!
It was my first run in quite a while and I admit to finding it difficult towards the end. It was encouraging to have so many people offer kind words urging me to keep going. This is a big part of the parkrun – everyone is encouraged to achieve what they can achieve, it's not about coming first, it’s about having fun. The words of encouragement worked as I put in a really strong, and long, sprint finish much the annoyance of my dad who couldn't keep up.
In summary, parkrun is something that you can do every week, or come back to from time to time. You'll always be encouraged and in my experience it will be a good use of half an hour or so on a Saturday morning. Just like Boys' Brigade, all are welcome and I would highly recommend both!