#38 The one with a finish ‘straight’

Ellenbrook Fields parkrun
Event number 38
28th January 2017

A drizzly morning greeted the 103 runners and 15 volunteers at Ellenbrook Fields this morning. There were plenty of celebrations on the cards- Carrie Hudson earned her purple volunteer t-shirt for volunteering on 25 separate occasions (and remember, 2017 is the year to help out at parkrun if you have yet to do so)- Congratulations! Denise Hill from Old Hatfield Ladies received her “Runner of the Year” award- very well deserved. We also welcomed lots of new runners (26 first timers- welcome!!), and some tourists from Wimpole Estate parkrun (which is worth a visit if you like the cows of Ellenbrook and fancy some other animals roaming on your parkrun course). Four runners achieved new pb’s- well done to you all. We had a slight change to the final finish with the runners finishing in a straight line instead of turning right at the end of the taxi-way.

So here is a little song about Ellenbrook parkrun, To the tune of” Can’t Stop the Feeling”- from the Trolls movie (and the song that the children in my class love to dance to at the moment, which was why it was in my head today):
It’s Saturday morning, it’s parkrun day,
Quite soon the runners will all be heading on their way.
All through the uni, and along the road
Are people getting into the parkrun mode.

I’ve got my barcode in my pocket and a smile upon my face,
And when I see the marshals clapping I won’t stop, no!
We will thank them as we run past, and they will give a cheer right back
That’s just how a parkrun is, so don’t stop.

At Ellenbrook Fields there’s plenty of mud
And some cows with very long horns
When you come you can run, walk or jog,
It’s for everybody, everybody, everybody.

Come on down to Ellenbrook and just cheer, walk, jog, run
Start your weekend feeling good with a cheer, walk, jog, run
Come on down to Ellenbrook and just cheer, walk, jog, run
Bring your barcode to the fields and just cheer, walk, jog, run.

Can’t stop the feeling! Just cheer, walk, jog, run.
Can’t stop the feeling! Just cheer, walk, jog, run.

parkrun is something magical
It’s every weekend and it’s welcoming to all
You don’t need to train for it, just come along
Just print off your barcode and then you’re good to go.

I’ve got my barcode in my pocket and a smile upon my face,
And when I see the marshals clapping I won’t stop, no!
We will thank them as we run past, and they will give a cheer right back
That’s just how a parkrun is, so don’t stop.

At Ellenbrook Fields there’s plenty of mud
And some cows with very long horns
When you come you can run, walk or jog,
It’s for everybody, everybody, everybody.

Come on down to Ellenbrook and just cheer, walk, jog, run
Start your weekend feeling good with a cheer, walk, jog, run
Come on down to Ellenbrook and just cheer, walk, jog, run
Bring your barcode to the fields and just cheer, walk, jog, run.

Can’t stop the feeling! Just cheer, walk, jog, run.
Can’t stop the feeling! Just cheer, walk, jog, run.

parkrun’s here for everybody
parkrun’s here for everybody

The numbers:
Male placings:
Neil HUME (VM40-44) of Garden City Runners, was first over the line in 17:52 - 7th time in 12 appearances.
Malcolm DOWN (VM55-59) of Garden City Runners, was second over the line in 19:05.
Ian Grant RICHARDSON (VM50-54) of Cambridge and Coleridge AC, was third over the line in 19:44.
Female placings:
Lucy TAYLOR (JW11-14) of Stevenage & North Herts AC, was first (8th overall) over the line in 20:32 - third time in 3 appearances.
Hannah TURNER (VW35-39) of Harpenden Arrows Running Club, was second (15th overall) over the line in 21:44 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Yvonne JONES (VW55-59) of Garden City Runners, was third (26th overall) over the line in 24:39.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Colin SINGLETON (VM65-69) was graded 81.00% for the time 20:42 (11th overall).
Malcolm DOWN (VM55-59) was graded 80.52% for the time 19:05 (second overall).
Lucy TAYLOR (JW11-14) was graded 77.76% for the time 20:32 (8th overall).
Ellenbrook Fields parkrun started on 21st May 2016, and since then 1,443 different runners, including participants from 156 athletics clubs, have completed 4,249 runs covering a total distance of 21,245 km, and there have been 903 new Personal Bests.
Well done to everyone who has already volunteered in 2017, and if you haven’t yet, consider looking at the future roster and sending the team an email. We look forward to seeing you volunteering, running, walking or jogging at Ellenbrook Fields, same time, same place, next week.
Maria xo