Many thanks to Lara Pocock for this weeks run report.
An August bank holiday where it isn't raining is as rare as a parkrun PB but event number 68 at Ellenbrook Fields saw just that, with blue sky and the sun shining, temperatures were a little on the mild side for the field of 162 runners.
As a regular tourist to Ellenbrook Fields when I am staying with family, my local parkruns being Cambridge and Brandon, I did not include myself in today's visitors, who came from Hove to Hull, with Oxford, Hemel Hempstead, Fulham. Alexandra Palace and St Albans also represented. I live the course at Ellenbrook but the team are the ones that make it such a brilliant run to join, thank you!
Unfortunately the Ellenbrook team had their first report of an unwell runner but everyone assisted with perfection. Huge thanks go to the Sports Centre medics, marshals and today's Run Director and the unwell runner's parents have confirmed they were feeling much better post-run.
Of course each parkrun would not be possible without the help of a wonderful set of volunteers, thank you to: Robert BLYTHE, Dorcas CHIDEME, Maureen DAVIS, Philippa DAVIS, Joe DAVIS, Paul DURBIN, Maxine GOOLD, Sarah HAVERSON, Yvette JOHNSTON, Charlotte JONES, Melanie LYNCH, Chris MCGURK, John NORMAN, Lynne NORMAN, Lara POCOCK, Emily REDING, Allison SKEGGS, Louise SOPP, Richard STRATTON, David TATE, Jan WISCHHUSEN for their invaluable contribution to today's event.
How parkruns can claim a false start?! After a funny moment with some setting off a little too early everyone enjoyed a run, jog or walk around the two lap track.
First past the post was Bruce JUDGE in an impressive 17.12 followed by Stuart MILLS in 17.28 and William HOLLOWAY in 17.53. The first female was Claire EADINGTON in 22.29 and Claire was 24th overall. The second and third female runners were Belinda MCGINLEY and Clair DRAGE with times of 23.26 and 24.02 respectively.
Some statistics from this week were:
25 first timers
Well done to everyone, I hope you all enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend!
Remember next week it is Robert Blythe's 100th parkrun so please come and help him celebrate with cake at the finish line!