Another lovely morning greeted the 253 of you who took part in the 316th Graves parkrun this week.
Jo was our expert run director again this week with her army of v=wonderful volunteers including Mark who was pacing 30 minutes this weekend.
A huge thank you to the amazing volunteers this week:
Andy LEDBETTER • Becci TAYLOR • Catherine NEEDHAM • Charlie LAST • Claire CHISHOLM • Dave RYAN • David ADAMS • Dawn JACKSON • Gavin NEWHOUSE • Helen EBERLIN • Helen SMITH • Jo ECCLES • Lucy COWELL • Marie HIPPEY • Mark JACKSON • Neal PATES • Sarah HOWSON • Simon NIGHTINGALE • Sue MATTHEWS •
A special thanks to Andy for washing all of the Graves ParkRun hi-vis jackets. All our marshals will be looking smart and smelling sweet for Graves ParkRun number 317 this coming Saturday.
You may have noticed several balloons this week and LOTS of cake! Congratulations to Richard JACKSON on his 50th, Catherine NEEDHAM and Sarah HOWSON (Me!) on their 100th, and Jane EVANS on her 250th parkrun.
So you may think what a coincidence that myself and Cat reached 100 on the same day! I’ll have you know this took precision planning once we realised we were close, we worked out dates to coincide with a birthday weekend too – Happy Birthday Cat. If you read last week’s report you’ll have read about Claire and Jayne. Not to bore you again but my story is similar. I’d run parkrun a couple of times but gave up and then in Oct 2014 I came back and fell in love with running. I’ve now run 100 runs, 94 of them at Graves. I went to Gav’s unofficial hill and speed sessions one Tuesday night some 2/3 years ago where I met Catherine for the first time. We discovered we had similar pace and got chatting that night (when we could breathe!) and agreed we’d be back the following week. We started running together at parkrun on Saturdays and then started to run outside of that. We matched each other quite well and often manage to motivate one another at different points, spurring each other on. We have decided we both love winter training and can often be found in rain, wind and snow running around Sheffield. 3 and a bit years down the line we are now firm friends, have run lots of races together and have even ventured out in ‘normal’ clothes for several evenings out. We have both made so many friends through parkrun and the Striders and I just want to thank everyone at Parkrun for being so great. Graves is definitely the best.
Run Statistics – for those that like their numbers
There were 37 first timers this week with 8 runners completing their first ever parkrun. Congratulations to you all!
|Elliot DILLON||Gill JONES||Joe SINNOTT|
|John TAYLOR||Kasper HOWELL||Louise GRAHAM|
|Maya MOUDNANI||Suzanne CLARK|
A further 29 people were visiting Graves for the first time.
|Adam HAWKINS||Adam SPRAGG||Alasdair BARRETT|
|Alex HYLAN||Alex LILLIE||Corinne HOWSE|
|David HAYNES||Jacob DONOHOE||Jane BEAGLEY|
|Jason HOWELL||Jenny TOWNSEND||John ASHTON|
|Katy ELLIOTT||Kerrie HOLLAND||Laura WHITLAM|
|Luke AYLWARD||Mandy ASHTON||Mark F SLADE|
|Mark PLANT||Murray WHITE||Paul DURANT|
|Richard CROSHER||Richard JACKSON||Ruth HUNTER|
|Simon HUNTER||Simon PARKIN||Stephanie HILL|
|Steve GARNER||Tania WICKLOW|
There were 26 PBs this week - well done all
|Adam JARMAN||Alex OSBORNE||Amy BICKERSTAFFE|
|Andrew DICKINSON||Andrew HENDERSON||Anna TOOBY|
|Ben DICKINSON||Chris WALLBRIDGE||Darren BURNS|
|Darren MORFITT||David WALKER||Duncan LONGSON|
|Jensen BROWN||John POLLARD||Jonathan CHUBB|
|Julie MEREDITH||Kayte PRITCHARD||Lee MILLS|
|Mandy JOHNSON||Maria O'BRIEN||Marion MCCABE|
|Matt HARVEY||Matthew BROWN||Maxine WHITWORTH|
|Polly STRAW||Tapelo NYATHI|
The top age graded result this week was Stuart CARRACK (SM30-34) with 18:06 (72.47%)
|1||Stuart CARRACK||18:06||1||Grace HULTON||18:13|
|2||Robert CASSY||18:56||2||Nicola BIRCH||18:56|
|3||Luke NEWELL||19:25||3||Caroline FRENCH||19:25|
* New PB
**Graves first timer
VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER!
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: email@example.com or See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Graves parkrun happen.
Unfortunately we can’t send volunteer e-mails to anyone unless they have opted in previously so if you’ve thought about it but have never had an e-mail please follow the instructions below:
For those who don’t currently receive the volunteer e-mails, if you follow the ‘manage my profile’ link in your results e-mail, you will find an option to ‘opt in’ to the e-mails. We won’t bombard you don’t worry! Well not unless we’re really desperate!
Any suggestions or tips, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org