So today was a great parkrunday. I mean GREAT! Not just because we broke our attendance record (434 parkrunners - wow!). Not just because we had a number of milestone runs (shout out to Laura Jackson (50, and a PB!), Ryan Watson (50) and Steph Piper (100) - well done and enjoy your new t-shirts!). Not just because we had some amazing PBs (too many to mention everyone (there were 98 PBs. 98!!!! Great running, guys!) but a particular well done to our legendary Brian Cowell (294 parkruns to his name) who not only broke his Durham PB today (by a minute) but who broke his all-time parkrun PB set 7 years ago at a much faster parkrun and well done also to Katie "Duchess" Davison, smashing her way through the 30 minute barrier for the first time). Not just because the weather was kind (dry and warm but not-too-hot). Not just because we met the lovely Kate Maliphant, visiting us from Little Stoke parkrun and completing her 50th parkrun with us, meaning we could show our support for the Little Stoke event team and parkrunners after their recent difficulties. Not just because the cafe was buzzing with smiles, laughter, cake and the usual post-parkrun glow. All of these things were wonderful, as always. But, for me, Durham parkrun was great today because of the volunteers. The people who signed up to help out in advance, those who signed up when we put a plea out, and those who signed up the night before and on the morning. We're so fortunate to be a parkrun that never struggles to find volunteers. On a day where 434 people crossed our finish line, it was a joy to see so many wonderful people giving up their time and their parkrun and still thoroughly enjoying their parkrun experience. You are all amazing and we love you! I hope everyone else had a great parkrunday this morning. If so, please do tell us about it in the comments below. Looking forward to next parkrunday already. Should we expect 450 people next week...?
Durham parkrun, Event number 232 7th May 2016
Male placings: Ben HORSFIELD (JM11-14) of Durham City Harriers AC, was first over the line in 17:25 - first time in 13 appearances. Stephen JACKSON (SM30-34) of Elvet Striders, was second over the line in 17:28. John SURTEES (SM30-34) of Aycliffe Running CLub, was third over the line in 17:39. Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Mike JOHNSON (Unattached) 2605 pts. Stephen SOULSBY (Unattached) 2222 pts. Paul MUSSETT (Unattached) 2210 pts.
Female placings: Katie ILIFFE (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (29th overall) over the line in 19:14 - second time in 2 appearances. Jessie BENJAMIN (SW20-24) of Cheddar Running Club, was second (47th overall) over the line in 20:17 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions. Lucy TURZYNSKI (SW30-34) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was third (56th overall) over the line in 20:43 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Yvonne COLLINGHAM (Unattached) 2806 pts. Jackie MCKENNA (Durham City Harriers AC) 2618 pts. Joanne BODINNER (Unattached) 2280 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Roz LAYTON (VW60-64) was graded 82.11% for the time 24:41 (190th overall). Ben HORSFIELD (JM11-14) was graded 81.44% for the time 17:25 (first overall). Peter COOK (JM11-14) was graded 79.08% for the time 18:48 (17th overall).
This week there were 434 runners, of whom 56 were first timers and 98 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different athletics clubs took part. Durham parkrun started on 13th August 2011, and since then 7,436 different runners, including participants from 429 athletics clubs, have completed 56,234 runs covering a total distance of 281,170 km, and there have been 10,956 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who ran in a time of 00:16:31 on 2012-05-26 (event number 42). The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who ran in a time of 00:15:12 on 2012-03-17 (event number 32). The Age Grade course record is held by Jennifer WALSH who recorded a 89.91% run (16:31) on 26th May 2012 (event number 42).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Durham parkrun Results Page.