With the recent dark and gloomy early morning weather continuing, record numbers arrived to enjoy the celebrations of the 400th running of Gladstone parkrun!
The 305 participants and 33 volunteers congregated around the start/finish area and listened to Run Director Jennifer Armson’s run briefing, including warnings about a couple of puddles on the course! Though social media, I discovered after the parkrun that 11th January is ‘National Step in a Puddle and Splash a Friend Day’ … such a shame this wasn’t known a few hours earlier!! (Read more about it here)
During the briefing which included the trialling of a new loud speaker system, congratulations were given to Jean Walerych who’s birthday it was. Jean has marshalled over 190 times at Gladstone since 2015 and always gives great encouragement to everyone as they run past her!
The full team of volunteers marshalled and organised the event with the great expertise – the following individuals are to be thanked for helping out.
Adrian BOYLAN • Alex PSARIANOS • Alyson BURBERRY • Andrew AIKEN • Angela PAYNE • Billy SHEPHERD • Buggsie HEATH-BROWN • Charles MARKS • David DUGGAN • David PAYLING • David SHEPHERD • David WEBB • Des CRINION • Emily WITT • Emily YOUNG • Gillian SELF • Helen SCOTT • Jean WALERYCH • Jennifer ARMSON • John MILNER • Julius SEPORAITIS • Kemuel SOLOMON • Livia DEL BO • Nathan BARNARD • Patricia KING • Paul Anthony DURKAN • Peter HIGGINS • Peter LOOSE • Rupert NEGUS • Sandy CLAYTON • Sofia ALI • Sue BOUCHER • Valentina DEL BO
There are still spaces on the volunteer roster over the next few weeks, so why not try viewing parkrun from a different angle? Plenty of volunteering roles are available to be performed – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
The numbers were swelled by numerous visitors adorned in apricot shirts – visitors were seen to have come from as far afield as Shrewsbury, Milton Keynes and Taunton, along with others more local from Gunnersbury, Bedfont Lakes and Bushy!
There were also 15 people having their barcodes scanned for the first time – we hope you enjoyed your Saturday morning and will return again soon!
What the numbers tell us!
Although the running conditions have been better, 41 people achieved Personal Bests! This is almost 17% of the runners who had previously recorded times, a great achievement, especially as many other got close to their best times!
There were also 24 ‘unknowns’ in the field – unfortunately not everyone brought their barcodes with them. The abbreviation of DFYB is parkrun terminology participants are regularly reminded of……Don’t Forget Your Barcode is great advice when getting to the start line on a Saturday morning!
To state the obvious, the record attendance of 305 at the 400th event is the highest ever, and the first over 300! The first run was on 30th June 2012, and it wasn’t until a year later that the numbers went over 100 for the first time! Roll on another two years for a 200+ attendance, and now a record number of participants have taken part in each of the last two weeks. As this is the first report of 2020, it’s also worth noting that the total numbers of runners in 2019 was 10,691 with over 1,000 volunteer roles being filled!
Those collecting low number tokens
Collecting token number 1 was Sam White in a time of 18:25 on his first visit to Gladstone parkrun. Charlie Rossington was the second person to be issued with a token 24 seconds later and Joshua Odefey was the third runner to complete the course, in 18:51. First lady home was Maria Jovani in a time of 20:50 (also on her first visit to Gladstone), with Sarah Bailey following her home 20 seconds later! Emily Iliffe was the third lady to reach the funnel, completing her 28th run around Gladstone parkrun.
Enjoy your parkrunning and see you again soon!
Thanks go to David Duggan for writing this week's run report.