It's so far out, the way out is in
Report by Julian Abbott
What to write in this week's run report?
Well, I suppose the main feature was a record turnout of 563 athletes which eclipsed our previous record of 495.
New Year's resolutions coming to the fore?
Well done to all concerned and, particularly to those new to parkrun who we welcome to the community.
This remarkable figure has rather influenced this report which is truly stats dominated.
Today we celebrated our event number 225 when, as mentioned above, we welcomed a record number of 563 runners of whom 39 went home clutching a shiny new PB.
Of the recorded runners, we were delighted to welcome an amazing 122 first timers to Fulham Palace of whom 68 had chosen our venue for their very first parkrun.
What extraordinary numbers!
We hope all you first timers enjoyed your morning by the banks of the Thames and that we will see you back again soon.
Run director Farah Khan welcomed us all and after some necessary housekeeping sent us on our way.
Farah was supported by a merry band of 32 volunteers without whom our run would not have been possible.
Today's volunteer heroes were:
Dennis WILLIAMS • Neil GUTHRIE • Stephen JACK • Julian ABBOTT • Thomas DALEY • Dawn PAYNE • Sophie RAWORTH • Tom PRYSE-DAVIES • Rob CRANE • Margie SLADE • Anne MCCARVILLE • Spencer KELLY • Liza MIERS • Henri PLACEK • Richard SIMPSON • Eliza GAFFNEY • Denitsa MLADENOVA • Alex GAFFNEY • Jason CHEUNG • Amelia REES • Farah KHAN • Beth WORRALL • Sarah CARTHEW • Leo GEBBIE • Grace WHITFIELD • Deborah BABBINGTON • Laure SELLE • Martin HARTIGAN • Mark O'CALLAGHAN • Serena FOO • Olly BACON • Dominic BACON
and a big 'thank you' goes out to them.
Special congratulations and thanks go to those involved at the finish funnel for handling such a large number of runners.
Incidentally, don't be shy about volunteering - everyone is welcome to have a go; it is hugely rewarding to be involved in the running (ha!) of the event and some of the roles even allow you to have a run as well.
Above all, you get the opportunity to don the highly valued high-vis vest which, it is rumoured, instills much well-being and happiness in the wearer.
If interested, have a word with the run director or any of the other volunteers at your next parkrun.
Stats, dontcha just love 'em?
Of the new 39 PBs, special mention goes to Emily SLADE (JW10) who achieved hers in her 44th run at Fulham Palace and, perhaps more importantly on the occasion of her 50th overall parkrun. Her time today of 28:55 smashed her previous best here of 29:10 set as recently as Christmas Day.
Well done, Emily!
Another PB of note was achieved by Rona FAIRS (VW45-49) who in her 64th parkrun (all at Fulham Palace) finished the course today in a time of 34:21 beating her previous best of 34:32 set on 25 November last year by a significant margin.
Notable first timers
Of the 122 who graced our course today for the first time was Jeremy TOWNSEND (VM50-54) who was participating in his 257th parkrun. I won't go through all of Jeremy's stats but, as a sample, he has now run at 82 different parkrun events - his regular course being Bromley where he has run 141 times.
Good to see you Jeremy, but what took you so long to find us!
Also Iain MACDONALD (VM55-59) chose to run his 195th parkrun at Fulham Palace, having predominantly run at Camperdown parkrun in Dundee on 163 occasions. Indeed, Fulham Palace appears to be Iain's first London parkrun.
Also Andy EVANS (VM50-54) strayed from Tring parkrun where he has run on 109 occasions and chose Fulham Palace for his 199th.
No new memebers of the 500, 250 and 100 clubs at today's run but congratulations go to the following who joined the 50 club:
Steve EMMERSON (SM30-34)
Michael KRAUTZBERGER (VM45-49)
Megan ROWE (SW25-29)
Andrew GOBLE (VM50-54)
Sally BOVALL (SW20-24)
Emily SLADE (JW10)
Charlie NEWSOME (VM50-54)
Well done to them all on achieving that milestone.
parkrunner of the week
This highly-prized accolade goes to the athlete whose finishing position correlates to this week's event number. So let's see, as this was event number 225 it must be ... yes it is ... Warren CHURCH (VM35-39) who, of his 103 parkruns, completed his 10th run at Fulham Palace today in a time of 25:08. Apart from his appearances at Fulham Palace, Warren's parkrun events are dominated by Wimbledon Common where he has run on 92 occasions. His spirit of adventure surfaced when he ventured out of SW London to Tring parkrun on the one occasion.
For the men:
First to cross the line was Ross MATHESON (SM25-29) who finished in the time of 16:16 followed by an 'Unknown'and then by Keith MACKINTOSH (VM40-44) whose time was 17:17.
For the ladies:
Alice RIDDELL-WEBSTER (VW50-54) crossed the finish line first (29th position overall) with a time of 19:47, followed by Natalie CARROLL (SW25-29) (33rd position overall) who achieved a very round 20:00 and Leah WALLAND (VW35-39) (37th position overall) not far behind in 20:04.
The first three juniors home and their respective times were:
Finlay WHITE 19:35 (24th overall)
Hector WORSLEY 21:24 (78th overall)
Harry CHAPPELL 21:33 (83rs overall)
Highest male age grade scorers:
Keith MACKINTOSH (VM40-44) 81.39%
Ross MATHESON (SM25-29) 79.30%
Alan FREER (VM60-64) 77.49%
Highest female age grade scorers:
Alice RIDDELL-WEBSTER (VW50-54) 84.75%
Louise BELL (VW40-44) 75.49%
Tomoko KIKUCHI (VW50-54) 75.36%
Percentages of the day
Of the 563 parkrunners taking part today, 468 were identified and 95 were 'unknown' (16.87% of the total field)
Of the identified runners there were :
39 PBs (8.33% of field)
122 First timers (26.07% of field) of whom 69 were first timers to parkrun (14.74% of field)
259 males (55.34%), 209 females (44.66%)
Of the number of identified finishers, 31 ran sub 20 mins (6.62% of field); 161 between 20:00-24:59 (34.40%), 154 between 25:00-29.59 (32.91%) and 122 over 30 mins (26.07%).
29 parkrunners achieved over 70% age grade, 2 of whom graded over 80%.
How many parkruns?
Of the identified field:
110 have now completed at least 50 runs (23.50% of the field) of whom 4 are members of the 250 club, 47 of the 100 club and 59 of the 50 club.
Like my parkruns, I've run out of energy - as has my calculator - so I'll come to a.
Oh, just one final thought ...
'If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.'
And no, for the curious amongst you, the Cheshire Cat never said this in so many words but George Harrison did.