Durham parkrun 375

25th May 2019

This week's run report was kindly written by Claudia Davies.

Today I completed my 78th parkrun and 10th at Durham. I joined the Durham parkrun community in October 2018 along with starting university. I was thankful to wake up this morning to find that it was dry and sunny unlike last weeks run. As I got ready I had a dilemma- should I wear my road or trail trainers? It is a problem that I have every week with only half of the course being on grass. This week I decided to go with my road trainers.  

I left my accommodation at 8:30 giving myself time to jog down and warm up. As I headed down I began to see the familiar faces of other regular runners. After having 2 weeks of exams I was particularly looking forward to today’s run as a chance to destress. 

There are many things that I love about parkrun; the friendly atmosphere, the dedication of the volunteers and in particular the effort to include everyone. As a deaf person I struggle to hear the announcements made at the beginning of every run and so I was extremely grateful to see that there was a sign language supporter. It is little things like this that really makes parkrun an outstanding experience. 

I am already looking forward to next Saturday as parkrun is the highlight of my week.

This week 499 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 102 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers:

Phil OWEN • Mike ELLIOTT • Colin EVERSON • John HUTCHINSON • Neil YOUNG • Graham LAVERICK • Mark HERKES • Carlton BAUGH • Jane BAILLIE • Sarah FAWCETT • Debbie MCFARLAND • Nicola WHYTE • Robert SCHOFIELD • Debbie JONES • Matthew CARR • Shelagh BARTON • David CASE • Elaine JENNINGS • Mike PARKER • Martin SMITH • James PARKER • Abigail THOMPSON • Lizzie LUPTON • Kevin MORSON • David COWELL • Harry HUGHES • Annie LOPEZ • H P • John CRAGGS • Sterling GIBSON • Emily FAWELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Durham parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 15:12 on 17th March 2012 (event number 32).
The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who recorded a time of 16:31 on 26th May 2012 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 97.65% (24:50) on 16th June 2018 (event number 329).

Durham parkrun started on 13th August 2011. Since then 13,232 participants have completed 107,101 parkruns covering a total distance of 535,505 km, including 18,651 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,120 individuals have volunteered 9,182 times.