Whilst other parts of the UK were being blown about in the storm, Dulwich stayed remarkably calm. Just a few spots of rain greeted our arrival for my first time visit to Dulwich parkrun. Along with many other parkrunners, I chose to visit Dulwich on 27th April to ensure I could pick up my London Marathon race number. Unfortunately, I had been ill all week and had to withdraw from the marathon, which also meant I was walking at the back today. Special mention should go to Rebecca Jasper, the volunteer ‘Tail Walker’, who was wonderful company for almost an hour and kept my mind off feeling quite so ill.
I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely. There were 26 volunteers on Saturday including a number of marathon runners resting up before the big day:
Gillian Cavell (Run Director), Shelby Akosa, Joni Arthur, Joshua Belchem, Robert Brushfield-Hodges, Lucy Ferman-Moore, Alison Foots, Sarah Gaskell, Daisy Herrington, Chris Ince, Rebecca Jasper, Juliet Matovu, Julia McDougall, Andrew McDougall, Lucy O'Connell, Christopher Oakes, Phoebe Parton, Mark Pinney, Olga Rayner, David Robbins, Pete Sanders, Kate Searle, Helen Simmons, Clare Sutherland, Rosslyn Turner, Dan Watts.
On to the stats....
This week we had 417 runners, joggers and walkers comprising 153 Females and 227 Males and sadly 37 ‘unknowns’ who we hope won’t forget to register and bring their printed barcodes next week…
First 3 Males to finish were Andy Bond in a fantastic 16:33 (who even had enough puff left to comment on my bobble hat when he lapped me twice!), Sam Holland in 17:34 and Rob Hollands in a new PB of 17:35. First 3 Female finishers were Jo Williams in 17:45, Teresa Murphy in 19:07 and Hannah Somani in a new PB of 19:20. The best age-graded result this week was achieved by Pamela Iannella whose time of 21:53 in the VW60-64 age category will be the envy of many half her age!
63 parkrunners were new to Dulwich (no doubt including more marathoners?) with 21 doing their first ever parkrun and an amazing 51 recording PBs. Well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.
The "most runniest runner" was Gary Slater on 442 parkruns, but there were 8 other members of the 250 Club, 76 members of the 100 Club, 62 members of the 50 Club and 9 members of the 10 Club present. Official milestones achieved today were Victoria Widdows who joined the 100 Club and Jack Elton-Walters who joined the 50 Club.
The people who have run at Dulwich more often than anyone else are Alexander Baker and Marilyn Cook who have run an amazing 256 times here each out of a possible 375. Well done Alexander and Marilyn, that's commitment!!
Did you know there are now two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week? "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (and some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.
Mark Pinney (A2522444)
Huge congratulations to all our Dulwich parkrun regulars and tourists who completed the London Marathon the following morning. We hope to see you running, jogging, walking or volunteering with us again once you’ve recovered! Along with other London parkrun events, we had a team of volunteers collecting bags from the marathon runners early in the morning and loading them on to the baggage lorries in Greenwich Park and Blackheath. This was superbly organised by Andy O’Connell and in return we will receive a donation for our event fund and two places in next year’s event, to be selected by ballot from amongst this year’s team. The winners of last year’s ballot, Lucy O’Connell and Sarah Gaskell, both finished successfully and had a great day.