Run report by Claire Morris
Photos by Eddie Thorpe
My reasons for coming to Dinton Pastures today weren't very scientific. I'd planned a spot of tourism with two clubmates to edge closer to the '100 different parkruns' glory, and our criteria were: not too far away, decent cafe, and scenic course. Dinton Pastures looked to fit the bill perfectly - and as an aside, I realised after scrolling through the list of parkruns I've run called Somewhere Fields/ Something Hall, Court, Woods etc I've never run a 'Something Pastures' course before: is there another?!
Our strong reasoning about proximity was in doubt en route though, as we hit some unexpected traffic. 'Are you sure you wouldn't like to do Bracknell instead?' enquired today's driver hopefully as we passed through far too close to 9 am for comfort. But we made it in the nick of time and even found the startline and briefing.
As a first-timer I'd planned to describe the route in this report, but my ropey navigation skills and some low mists meant that I lost my bearings almost immediately. Along a lake...er...round a lake...Now the lake is on the other side...ooh, lakes on both sides! Lovely! I stopped trying to work it out and settled into a contented jog, chatting to fellow tourists and locals and admiring the views across the misty water. It's a gorgeous place to run, and recent leaf fall had firmed up the mud nicely and turned the paths a lovely golden colour.
Eventually the lakes really were in all directions as one appeared across the entire path, but as the chap behind me shouted cheerfully when I hesitated, 'just run through it, it's the only way!'
Clearly some runners were focusing a little less on the scenery and a little more on their running, as the first two finishers Ryan Brookling and Emma Howsham were not only the fastest male and female but also achieved the highest age gradings of the day: congratulations to them! There were an impressive 50 PBs today, most notably Kate Parker on her 100th run. Other milestones were hit by juniors Cameron Taylor and Kapi Mahara on their 10th run and Wayne Coles on his 50th.
I had hoped DP would be a pretty parkrun, and wasn't disappointed. Thank you for making us so welcome!
This week 269 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
John BIGG • Nicole RICKETT • Daniel RICKETT • Claire MORRIS • Martin C DOUGLAS • Fergal DONNELLY • Ian ROSS • John HAMMOND • Hayley HAMMOND • Mark DIBBEN • Penny WEBB • Lauren THORNTON • Fiona MARSHALL • Peter GLASS • Ashley MIDDLEWICK • Holly CHRISTOPHER • Tamsyn FLYNN • Edward THORPE • Alistair DOWLMAN • Ashley PINDER • Sarah WILCOCKSON • Jan L THORPE • Sanjana SHYAM PRASAD • Bruce HUNTER • Nathan HUNTER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Dinton Pastures parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Max COSTLEY who recorded a time of 16:29 on 25th August 2018 (event number 7).
The female record is held by Georgia HAYES who recorded a time of 18:04 on 24th November 2018 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mary MCGUIRK who recorded 86.94% (20:33) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 38).
Dinton Pastures parkrun started on 14th July 2018. Since then 5,354 participants have completed 18,019 parkruns covering a total distance of 90,095 km, including 3,716 new Personal Bests. A total of 339 individuals have volunteered 1,666 times.