The Day before the Storm #198 By Jim Davis

It was the day before Storm Ciara to hit the UK. It was a bright, clear morning at Ellenbrook Fields, but the small loop still had lots of slippery sections and a surprising amount of mud. It was quite warm compared with the previous few days, maybe 7 or 8C.  I wrote this watching Ciara blow down branches and trees and lash my back garden with rain. I am sooooo glad it didn’t hit the day before.



Today the Volunteers  were – Lynne NORMAN, John NORMAN, Bikram BAL, Andrew HOLT, Martin CRISP, Philippa DAVIS, Sarah HAVERSON, Kate BENSON, Lee WOOD, Maxine GOOLD, Jim DAVIS, Allison SKEGGS, Christopher ANSELL, Kirsty SLATER, Becky LEWIS, Emily REDING, Maxine DOWN, Tanya HONEY, Stephen HONEY, Zac LEWIS, Andrew HETHERINGTON, Tom BENSON, Ralph WHITWORTH, Huxley LEWIS, Gill COOPER and Dave VALENTINE. 


This was the 198th parkrun at Ellenbrook Fields. So there is just a couple of weeks until Ellenbrook Fields 200th running, which will be on 22/02/2020. Somehow that seems like fantastic original planning nearly 4 years ago. It is my favourite and home course. I like just about everything about it, from getting a hug from Lynn when I first turn up, through to being told ‘jolly good Jim’ as I finish, regardless of how well I have done. Oh, and of course, it is flat.   


There were 55 PBs. Out of a field of 352 that’s quite a lot. Very well done to everyone who achieved one. 


First lady home was Anna PARKER, in a brilliant 19:59 for 7th overall and a PB. In fact, her second PB in two weeks. She was also the 3rd lady on the age graded table. Second lady was Joanna PARKER, with 20:10 in 9th overall and 1st on the overall age graded table for the day with 82.15%. She was followed by Karen SHEARD, with 22:26 in 31st overall. 


First man home was Geraint WHITE in 18:23. Second across the line was Nathanael ZAPICO with 19:30. John HARRIS was 3rd overall with 19:40 and scored 79.49% for the 2nd best overall age graded score of the day and joint first by a man. John is, as you have probably deduced, a little older than Geraint and Nathanael. 


The most significant of the more senior runners was Colin SINGLETON with 21.42 in the VM65-69 age group. This gave him the overall joint equal 2nd best overall age graded rating of the day with 79.49% and, therefore, equal first man with John HARRIS. Colin is a little older than John. 2nd best of the ladies was Rebecca BARDEN with 75.07%. 


Let me also congratulate Alana CREEK and Bella FLAHERTY. These were our youngest ladies. Also please let me congratulate Leo AMEL-AZIZPOUR, Zac SUMMERS, Jack GEPP, Archie SUMMERS, Matthew KATEMBA, Arjan RANDHAWA, Charlie WHITFIELD, Liam RICHARDSON, Aidan RICHARDSON, 

Seth HUGHES, Lucas JONES and Zac MOSTYN. These were our youngest gentlemen.


This week 352 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. Please let me welcome all first timers to Ellenbrook Fields. We hope that you’ll come again. It is a really very beautiful course when the sun shines, and we have some amazing cows and lots of history. 


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):


Andy Holt – his 347th parkrun and the most by anyone on the day. It was double volunteer points for him as he fulfilled First Timer Briefing and Tail Walker roles before taking part in the Met League in the afternoon.

Colin Singleton – his 200th parkrun.

Adam Paul Pierce SMITH – the highest placed first timer to Ellenbrook Fields in 10th.

Sarah Haverson – the RUN Director, so she takes all the responsibility and should get all the praise.

Please don’t forget that the run on 28th Feb will see the course run in reverse to celebrate Leap Year. I look forward to that. I have only ever run Ellenbrook Fields in the conventional direction.