Felixstowe parkrun #66 Run Report

This week's Run Report comes from parkrun poet and tourist, Tim GARDINER. Over to Tim...


Whistle, And I’ll Run To You – Felixstowe parkrun #66, 13 July 2019

Felixstowe had a place in the heart of M.R. James, the famous writer. His ghost story, Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come To You, My Lad, is based in the coastal town, James renaming it Burnstow. In one particular scene on Old Felixstowe’s shingle beach, a figure materialises. This passage follows:

Then, in the distance, a bobbing black object appeared; a moment more, and it was a man running, jumping, clambering over the groynes, and every few seconds looking eagerly back….He was, moreover, almost at the end of his strength. On he came; each successive obstacle seemed to cause him more difficulty than the last.

The classic scene seems to go hand in hand with the parkrun which is probably near to the stretch of Old Felixstowe shore James references. The running man in the bleak and grey landscape adequately reflected the conditions for the July parkrun. On an overcast and cool morning, 238 athletes completed the promenade course. In near perfect conditions for running, over 50 personal bests were achieved; congratulations to all. This week, 95 athletes beat the poet (pos. 96, time 26:26) who was perpetually looking over his shoulder for the chasing apparitions! The event was well supported by 24 enthusiastic volunteers.

We now enter the artistic portion of the run report. As the unofficial parkrun poet, I tour venues to find inspiration for short haiku poems. Here’s a selection of two-line haiku for Felixstowe parkrun with a ghostly feel:

empty beach hut…
a wall lizard checks in

final mile…
I give up the ghost

results list…
Roger Moore raises an eyebrow

running man…
making heavy progress

tail-walker…
nervous glance over a shoulder

timekeepers…
whistle, and I’ll run to you

After summiting many of the East Coast Alps in recent weeks, Felixstowe was fast and flat; ideal for a quick run. The pier peak thankfully bears no comparison to High Woods (279 ft.), Ipswich (155 ft.), Colchester Castle (167 ft.), Brandon (147 ft.) and Colney Lane (135 ft.). Challenging parkrun routes one and all. I usually pace my 9 year old son Joseph, and he responded here by ditching me in the sprint to record his second best parkrun time of 25:57. I highly recommend Felixstowe for anyone looking for a friendly and fast parkrun.

Tim Gardiner aka the parkrun poet (twitter: @timgardiner3)


To finalise off the report, this week’s milestones include:

50
Gerry MCCARTHY
Sean DICKINSON

And we welcomed the following for their first time at parkrun or with us:

Brand new people to parkrun Brand new to Felixstowe parkrun (Tourists)
Craig DENNISON-WIGGINS
James MORGAN
Joseph TILLEY
Joshua SMART
Lauren BRETT
Liam BUTLER
Neil DENHAM
Nicola MORGAN
Rachal BRETT
Terence DEAN
Tina DENNISON-WIGGINS
Tricia SKIRROW
Greg MILLS (273)
Daz EDWARDS
(66)
Tim GARDINER
(58)
Geraint WHITE
(49)
Gary RICHMOND
(43)
Robert REASON
(30)
Lynda MILLS
(29)
Joseph GARDINER
(24)
Jane MCCLELLAND
(17)
Cameron YOUNG
(16)
Shane ALLUM
(15)
Su FITZPATRICK (11)
Peter JOINSON
(11)
Carolyn FRASER
(10)
Tina DILWORTH
(9)
Kieron PERRY
(9)
Christopher DILWORTH
(9)
David CORNWALL
(7)
Jennifer WILSON
(6)
Elliott YOUNG
(6)
Emir Eileen Sophia FITZPATRICK
(3)
Aidan YOUNG
(2)

This week 238 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 71 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Adrian HINE • Carolyn FRASER • Steven ALDER • Noel BIRKETT • Trish HOPKINS • Jacqueline CUMISKEY • Rebecca BEWLEY • Steve TURNER • Sarah FITCH • Rod MACGREGOR • Sara GILLESPIE • Tim GARDINER • Ingrid SCOPES • Ruth WARNER • Ethel MATHEWS • Mark LAMBERT • David BREWSTER • Lucy BEALE • Wendie HALES • Jayne STEELE • David MACLEAN • Ryan MOULD • Hannah GILLESPIE-GARDINER • Jamie BURGESS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Felixstowe parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Philippa UNTHANK who recorded a time of 18:00 on 20th October 2018 (event number 27).
The male record is held by Matthew SPENCER who recorded a time of 16:09 on 20th April 2019 (event number 54).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anthony NIXON who recorded 89.47% (19:57) on 1st June 2019 (event number 60).

Felixstowe parkrun started on 7th April 2018. Since then 3,612 participants have completed 14,971 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,855 km, including 3,358 new Personal Bests. A total of 277 individuals have volunteered 1,474 times.