Ellenbrook Fields Report for event 70 9th September 2017
Report by Jim Davis
Let me start off by saying that Ellenbrook Fields is my favourite parkrun course. There are three reasons for this:
1. It is a beautiful and historic course. Try coming back on a non-parkrun day and walking the course. It is very peaceful and there are boards on the way around, describing the history of the park.
2. The organisers are a truly terrific group.
3. It is almost pancake flat. Is this last the most important aspect? Who knows, but it is very compelling.
(The best sight on the course. Is it the ladies or the finish?)
This week 139 people took part at Ellenbrook Fields. This was quite a few less than last week. Could it have anything to do with the heavy rain of the previous evening? 20 were first timers, 9 of whom were running their first parkrun anywhere. 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Congratulations to all of you who did this.
Representatives of 9 different clubs took part. Garden City Runners, with 21, were the most represented club.
It was Melissa Mileham’s birthday yesterday, so we wish a Happy Birthday to Melissa!
Conditions were a little wet underfoot. As Tim said at the start, ‘You are going to get wet feet.’ But it was a lovely morning with just a light breeze. Although, as I’ve said before, how a light breeze can feel like such a gale-force headwind out there between about two and a half and three and half kilometres, I don't know.
(As wet as Tim said.)
This week's parkrun was bought to you by 22 volunteers:
Robert CONSTABLE, Tim COOKE, Juliet CRISP, Philippa DAVIS, Jim DAVIS, Lisa DUNCAN, Maxine GOOLD, Sarah HAVERSON, Jan HAYDON, Rob HUGHES, Mike LANCASTER, Melanie LYNCH, Chris MCGURK, John NORMAN, Lynne NORMAN, Amy ROUTLEDGE, Allison SKEGGS, Richard STRATTON.
This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page.
Neil Hume (VM40-44) of Garden City Runners, was first over the line in 16:54 - 25th time in 34 appearances. He once placed as far down as third. Amazing.
Joe Smith (JM15-17) (Herts Phoenix, my club too) was second in 17:27 - a new PB. Well done Joe.
Russell Casey (VM40-44) (GCR) was third in 18:10. Good run Russ.
Claire Eadington (VW30-34) was first lady (16th overall) over the line in 22:00–A new PB. Brilliant.
Fleur HARVEY-KEENAN (VW45-49) (St Albans Striders), was second (22nd overall) in 22:32.
Bethan Mose (VW35-39) (GCR), was third (27th overall) in 23:12 –A new PB. Well done.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Neil HUME (VM40-44) – 82.64% for the time 16:54 and 1st overall.
Joe Smith (JM15-17) – 79.75% for the time 17:27 and 2nd overall.
Paul Greaves (VM50-54) – 78.31% for the time 19:08 and 5th overall). Well done Paul for your first run at Ellenbrook Fields.
The female record is held by Rosie Keen who recorded a time of 00:17:29 on 22ndJuly 2017 (event number 63).
The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 00:15:04 on 29th October 2016 (event number 24).
The Age Grade course record is held by Stuart Mills (VM50-54) who recorded 87.21% (17:28) on 26thAugust 2017 (event number 68).
The full results can be found on the Ellenbrook Fields parkrun Results Page, together with a complete event history.
This week's report was written by Jim Davis. He'll do almost anything to get his 25th Volunteer t-shirt, but still has a way to go.