Graves Parkrun bathes in Bank Holiday sunshine

Event #307

Jo welcomed us all to a lovely, sunny Graves parkrun. We had a few first timers and tourists who sampled the delights of Graves park views and cute little lambs and calves in the fields.

Everyone gave the parkrun volunteers a big round of applause. Jo received a special request from a little girl called Coralie who asked Jo if she could be a ‘Martian’. Jo duly handed her the next best thing - a high viz jacket. You made Jo’s day Coralie! It great to see so many children marshalling with their parents hopefully they too will become parkrunners when they are old enough! Don’t forget we have a 2k junior parkrun on Sundays at Graves park for 4 to 14 year olds - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents/.

We had a keen dog joining us today who responded with a bark everytime Jo asked a question relating to dogs! Please remember the doggy detour is still in action.

For the milestone shout outs we had a couple of people celebrating their 200th parkrun. It took Brian Adams 4 and a half years to achieve his and Terry said his took forever. Terry still has a passion for parkrun and often volunteers and in the true spirit of parkrun ran back to encourage me to put a sprint in over the last few hundred metres.

Jo introduced Dr Oliver Hart (Graves parkrun founder) to us all. Oliver wanted to make us all aware that parkrun was linking in with the NHS to celebrate the NHS 70th birthday. This special event will be taking place on the 9th June. So please come along and help celebrate this precious institution which I’m sure many of us have cause to be very thankful. Oliver also mentioned Move More Sheffield which is an initiative aimed at helping people in Sheffield become more active. For more information follow the link https://www.movemoresheffield.com/#movemore2020.

Running in front of me on the course was a father (Barry) and daughter (Megan) running together holding hands. Barry was giving Megan lots of positive support which was really lovely to hear. Barry said how great it was to see so many young people out running. He explained he goes to Sheffield United with his son (Megan supports Sheffield Wednesday!) He said running parkrun had become a great way of spending precious father/daughter time together. It was great to see both Megan and Barry enjoying their Saturday morning together. I think Megan particularly enjoyed sprinting to finish ahead of her Dad at the finish!

This weekends stats:

First timers

Trevor TAYLOR, Benj BARBER, Gareth BARBER, Una DOWNEY, Martin FRENCH, Lee MILLS, Tony DOBBS, Jon DABBS, Hannah DICKINSON, Andrew DICKINSON, Danielle TAYLOR, Leah HORSFALL, George PORTER, Alice PORTER, Charlotte PORTER

First timers to Graves (tourists)

Mario CASTELLUCCIO, Jordan WILLIAMS, Paul BROWN, Robert MARSHALL, Nicholas BELL, Fin O'REGAN, Connor ALLEN, Hazel CONDUIT, Andy CONDUIT, Sophie THOMAS, Clare DRURY, Rebecca DABBS, Anna TOOBY, Nick BROWN, Sharon COURT, Jack KIDDER

PBs (despite the weather hotting up!)

Kirk SMITH, Edward SQUIRES, Tom BENTLEY, Jon STANIFORTH, Alan DALTON, Rebecca WAINWRIGHT, Nicholas MARSTON, Mathew REYNOLDS, Alison DOWNEY, Gary ROCHE, Alison TUNWELL, Emma MICHELMORE-BROWN, Meadow CROWTHER, Louise WARD, Jack BOUTINAUD, Lisa BELL, Katherine REEDMAN, Adrian GOOD, Jude BISSELL, Holly KIRK, Sharon O LEARY, Ellie COOPER, Jane HUWS, Megan WHITLAM, Judith KELLY, Ally BOOKER, Julia WALDRON, Lucy EDWARDS, Emma BUTCHER, John RICHARDSON, Charlotte KAY, Mel BATH, Ivana HADFIELD, Jane KELLY, Anna POOLE, Linda HEMSWORTH, Liz TAZZYMAN

Milestone runs

50 - Pete BADGER

Finishing positions

 

Male     Female    
Position Name Time Position Name Time
1 Michael KENYON 17:59 1 Deborah RICHARDS 21:36
2 Reece ALLEN 18:26 2 Rebecca PARKER 23:18
3 Thomas HALL 18:32 3 Megan ASHELBY 23:50

* New PB

**Graves first timer

This week’s top age graded result this week was…

Dot KESTERTON (VW65-69) with 23:55 (87.39%)

Enjoy the remaining lovely bank holiday weather all! Happy parkrunning!

Marie