This week 263 people were welcomed to Graves Park by Run Director Cat who expertly navigated the tongue-twisting phrases of “it’s a run, not a race” and “no funnel duckers please”. As has become expected, William contributed to the race briefing too and anyone there early enough was treated to him yelling “pigeon!” at a crow in our favourite tree! It was as fairly cool and slightly overcast morning as we all listened in to the essential instructions, welcomed new participants and thanked this week’s volunteers.
A big thank you to our volunteers for this week… Jemma BABIKER, Tony BELL, Aimee CARRACK, Janet CHAPMAN, Ian CROWTHER, Stephen John DAY, Sylvia ELLIS, Jane EVANS, Paul GILL, Stephen GILMER, Simon GUPPY, Chloe HENSHAW, Marie HIPPEY, David KNIGHT, Matthew LAWRIE, Catherine NEEDHAM, Gavin NEWHOUSE, Neal PATES, Millie POLLARD, Gillian RAY, Sue WILSON
Last Sunday was the London Marathon and with it came the tragic death of Matt Campbell. Matt collapsed 22.5 miles into the marathon and during the week there was a wave of support for the Brathay Trust fundraiser behind the hashtag #FinishForMatt, the idea being to cover the 3.7 miles he had left to complete his marathon. Graves parkrun received several queries about the possibility of marking out the extra distance and, having been out earlier in the week to complete a 3.7 mile run with one of those who successfully completed the marathon, it was clear how much this meant to our participants and particularly those who had taken part in the event last week. Like lots of other parkruns across the country, we measured out the additional, optional distance, and Cat did a fantastic job of explaining that those wishing to take part could finish their 5k as normal and then complete the additional distance. We had a special marshal in Millie Pollard who ensured everyone knew where they needed to head to at the end of the event. Of particular note for me, was Roger Knightley who turned 77 this week and after completing his 164thparkrun, covered the extra distance with myself and two London Marathon runners, Sarah King and Jane Evans. Thank you to all who took part.
The volunteering roster for the next few weeks is currently looking a little bare, if anyone who would like to get involved have a look here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/futureroster/and get in touch!
You could even get involved with what's needed after the event, token sorting, results processing or report writing and as an added bonus you get to admire Green's legs, if you want to.
We had a visiting Run Director with us this week, Chris Tucker of Walsall parkrun, who complimented us on our wonderful course. It’s always nice to meet those involved in other parkruns and to hear that they share our thoughts on how great our own event is.
There were 5 new parkrunners today, we hope you enjoyed your first event and look forward to seeing you again soon.
|Lauren SMITH||Lina O'GORMAN||Simon LEWIS|
|Teresa MARTIN||Zoe NORRIS|
A further 19 people were visiting Graves for the first time.
|Adam O'GORMAN||Chris TUCKER||Elena BEARD|
|Fred HARRIOTT||Ian STAINTHORPE||Isabella LANG|
|Jack HETHERINGTON||Jay STOCKS||Kate DYMOND|
|Naomi DENNO||Nick BRIGNAL||Paul COGGINS|
|Rachael MCKELVEY||Sarah LAMB||Sarah Louise BURNS|
|Stephen COWELL||Steven BEARD||Tim KEEN|
There was nothing but tumbleweed this week when it came to the shout outs for milestones, there must have been a rush on last week as we had two 51struns, two 101struns and one 251struns this week! The resident Graves Stat-Hunters have spotted a few coming up, so I’m sure normal milestone services will be resumed soon.
A very quick mention that there were 19 unknown runners this week! Don’t Forget Your Barcode. #DFYB
There were a massive 42 PB’s this morning. Well done everyone!
|Andrew CUNNINGHAM||Catherine AGER||Cathy SINCLAIR|
|Charley BURNEY||Charlotte KAY||Christine ROWE|
|Christopher WILCOX||Claire LORD||David LEVICK|
|Debbie KAY||Elizabeth POXON||Elizabeth TAYLOR|
|Ellen MCLEOD||Helen SMITH||Jane LANGHAM|
|Jennie WOOD||John HINTON||John RICHARDSON|
|Jon HOWSON||Louise ROBERTS||Lucy WASS|
|Luke ROBINSON||Marek TAYLOR||Margaret Elizabeth DUNCAN|
|Mary WATSON||Mike BROOM||Nick MURPHY|
|Nicola EWAN||Peter MOXON||Petr JACKSON|
|Petra SCHWARCZOVA||Rachel REA||Rebecca POLLITT|
|Richard BROADBENT||Richard TAYLOR||Richard WATKINSON|
|Robert DYMOND||Steve MATTHEWS||Steven FOX|
|Tapelo NYATHI||Thomas BROADBENT||Wendy LAWRIE|
|1||Mark GRAY||18:36||1||Ellen MCLEOD *||20:45|
|2||James HALSE||18:49||2||Kate MORRIS||20:55|
|3||Sam NEEDHAM||19:29||3||Margaret DUNCAN *||21:55|
* New PB
**Graves first timer
This week’s top age graded result this week was…
Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 27:09 (83.36%)
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Roger’s Reminder; on the 16thMay Roger will be taking on the challenge of completing a half marathon across 2 spin classes. This will be to raise funds for Developing Physio who help to teach physiotherapy skills to low income / developing countries and marks a year since he was knocked off his bike. To read more about Roger’s challenge, the charity he’s supporting, or to support him with the challenge you can find more details here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rogershivers
Please keep an eye out on Facebook for any cancellation notices before heading to Graves, we will always try to let people know as early as possible of any issues, but safety of those taking part will always be our priority!
The doggy detour is in full effect.
Don’t forget that there is now a junior parkrun at Graves Park on a Sunday morning too.
As usual, the event would not run anywhere near as well without the wonderful group of volunteers that Graves parkrun attracts. Please remember it’s easy to volunteer, just leave a message on the Graves parkrun Facebook page or e-mail the Graves team on: firstname.lastname@example.org or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.
Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail email@example.com