Didn't the parkrun weather fairy do us proud? Optimum conditions for 14 of you to manage a PB this morning.
Great to see the ladies from This Girl Can at Gibside today. Keep an eye for them doing a volunteer take over with us in September. Also congratulations to Tracy Bowers on completing her 100th parkrun with us this morning. She had the timekeepers a little worried with her entourage crossing the finish line!
From parkrun's Chief Operating Officer, Tom Williams
"By now you are likely to be aware that we recently changed the title of one of our volunteer roles, as Tail Runner became Tail Walker. You’ll also be aware that over the last year or so we have begun proactively encouraging less-active people to engage with our events, in line with our mission statement: “A healthier, happier planet.”
Our own insight shows us that by far the most common reason for someone registering and not participating is that they don't feel capable of running 5k. However, since the earliest days of parkrun we have encouraged walkers at all our events and aimed to make them feel welcome.
For example, when we started Woodhouse Moor parkrun in October 2007, my friend Tess walked round the course in 58 minutes, supported by another friend of mine who walked with her as a volunteer that day. We also created the strap-line “Walk it, jog it, run it”.
In recent times we felt that not only was the term “tail runner” becoming less accurate, as more participants were walking at our events, it was also discouraging the least confident people from registering. This was discussed in depth with Chrissie Wellington (as our Global Lead for Health & Wellbeing) and the participation team, as well as Ambassadors and EDs. Those discussions led to the change of title.
It is our hope that this change will encourage some of those who would benefit most from increased socially-focused physical activity to take part in our events. We also hope that it will amplify the message across all of parkrun that walkers are always welcome.
Importantly, the role is unchanged. As previously the tail runners walked where appropriate, tail walkers are of course permitted to run where appropriate. We do expect a slight upturn in walking participants, however we do not foresee any significant impact on volunteer teams."
This week's event was made possible by 14 volunteers:
Fred GUY • Matthew Tristan HARDCASTLE • Nick HOWELL • Iona HOWELL • Helen GUY • David SHIPMAN • Richard WALTERS • Michelle WOOD • Paul WOOD • Jason MEECHAM • Ian HARMAN • John KIRBY • Zachary JACKSON • Suzanne BURKE-LOWE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Gibside parkrun Results Page.
Philip SCOTT (SM30-34) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was first over the line in 19:16 - first appearance.
Lewis MCCONNELL (JM15-17) of Birtley AC, was second over the line in 20:21 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.
Jamie WILSON (SM30-34) of Tyne Bridge Harriers, was third over the line in 20:39 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Sarah RICHARDSON (SW25-29) of Derwent Valley Running Club, was first (9th overall) over the line in 23:55 - second time in 7 appearances.
Jodi KEAN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (10th overall) over the line in 24:51.
Jacqueline ELLIOT (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (13th overall) over the line in 25:17 - was first to finish once before.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Lewis MCCONNELL (JM15-17) – 68.39% for the time 20:21 (second overall).
Philip SCOTT (SM30-34) – 68.08% for the time 19:16 (first overall).
Jacqueline ELLIOT (VW45-49) – 64.73% for the time 25:17 (13th overall).
The female record is held by Lauren DAVIES-BECKETT who recorded a time of 00:19:25 on 2nd August 2014 (event number 23).
The male record is held by Daniel JENKIN who recorded a time of 00:16:44 on 3rd May 2014 (event number 11).
The Age Grade course record is held by Erin KEELER - CLARKE who recorded 83.72% (19:52) on 13th August 2016 (event number 112).
Gibside parkrun started on 22nd February 2014. Since then 2,801 participants have completed 9,529 parkruns covering a total distance of 47,645 km, including 1,968 new Personal Bests.