Report Written by Jim Davis
This was my first run at Ellenbrook Fields for a few weeks. Last week I was away in Glasgow for the European Indoor T&F championships. The athletics were terrific and I ran the parkrun at Victoria Park, Glasgow. I learned a lesson about reading the (not so) small print, all Scottish parkruns start at 09:30. Not at 09:00. I am generally early to all parkruns, so I was literally the first person there. I was glad when the Run Director arrived and helped him with setup, which was when he politely pointed out that most English folk don’t read that the start time is 09:30. I don’t know if this is a winter thing in Scotland, or the whole year round. Either way, I would just check if you are intending to run there.
It was lovely to be back at home. Ellenbrook Fields is my home course, and my favourite course anywhere. It is a wonderful combination of a quick course and beautiful scenery. Plus, of course, it is just about pancake flat. And, naturally, I think the volunteers are the best anywhere. This week there were 23 volunteers and included the following - Tom BENSON, Peter BLESSING, Ceri BRADBURY, Philippa DAVIS, Jim DAVIS, Noreen GILHESPY, John HILL, Stephen HONEY, Lisa HULLEY, Rory HULLEY, Yukei LI, Alex LI, George LYNCH, Melanie LYNCH, Paul MARCHANT, Lynne NORMAN, John NORMAN, Lydia OTTAVIO, Mandy PARSBEY, Rob RILEY, John ROWLANDS, Allison SKEGGS, Jack TANN.
Picture 1. Peter Vermeesch - First through the Cow Gate
This was the 149th parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields and, apart from a little slipperiness on the way back from the bridge on the small lap and a strong breeze down the back straight, the course was in pretty fair condition. It certainly provided some stiff competition at the front of the men’s category. See the pictures and the final times.
Picture 2. The leader and then Adam Hughes & Neil Hume.
There were 44 PBs. Well done to everyone who achieved one. That includes a PB for Jasper HUDSON, and he has run 70 or so times at Ellenbrook Fields.
Picture 3. Adam, then Neil
First lady home was Joanna PARKER, in an excellent 20:35 for 15th overall. Joanna has been first lady in 9 of the last 20 runs at Ellenbrook Fields. That’s quite something. She finished with 79.51% age graded, which was 4th best overall.
Second lady was Olivia HEWITT, with 21:54 and 67.58% in 27th overall. She was followed by Claire LANCASTER, with 23:02 and 65.99% in 37th overall.
First man home was Peter VERMEESCH in 16:56. Peter has been first home for 7 or the last 9 events. He scored 81.79% on age graded for 2nd. Second across the line was Adam HUGHES with 17:00, just 4 seconds behind Peter. Adam scored 78.43% but was 5th age graded. That’s because he is somewhat younger than Peter and Neil Hume who was 3rd overall with 17:06 and a table topping 82.26%.
The oldest finisher was Angus KINDLEY, in the MV75 – 79 age group, in 33.30. He was, for quite some time, the record holder in his age group. By contrast the youngest runners were Harry BLUMSOM, Hugo POTTER, Paige WADLEY and Lexi PAGE. Well done to all 4 of you.
This week 291 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. We also had tourists from Southampton, Kidderminster & Stourport and Abingdon. Please let me welcome all first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. We hope that you’ll come again. It is a really very beautiful course in the spring, summer and autumn.
This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.
Very Honourable Mentions (in no particular order):
Rob Hughes – his 150th parkrun.
Emma HOSTY – her 50th parkrun.
Joe BARNES – her 50th parkrun.
Allison Skeggs – the Run Director, so takes all the responsibility and should get all the praise.