In his blue and white vest for the first time, Stephen our newest run director welcomed everyone to a cold and windy 338thGraves Parkrun.
153 runners turned out to conquer the elements and listened to a well-rehearsed run briefing: a great update on the course conditions, under 11s run with your responsible adult, dogs are welcome on a short lead held in your hand, and don’t duck the funnel. The crowd eagerly joined in with the mantra that it’s a “run not a race” and then we were off! An amazing number of people had their legs out despite the forecast snow.
He thought he got away with it, but we highlighted Andy’s birthday and I know for certain that he got at least one round of Happy Birthday sung at him and his face said it all!
Two brave runners joined the Parkrun tribe for the first time. Massive congratulations to:
|Adam PERRY||Julie BIRD|
Sixteen tourists came to Graves for the first time. Welcome and we hope to see you again soon.
|Jonathan TECWYN||Christopher BROWN||Oliver BURT|
|Sebastian PUGH||Steve DOMMETT||Rosie DOMMETT|
|James REES||Heather COLYER||Mark WILLIAMS|
|Gary LOWE||Andrew COLLIER||Carter WHITLAM|
|Luke PAYNE||Maxine PAYNE||Andrew PAYNE|
This included Chris (with his guide dog Eric) who was scouting the course for his up and coming sponsored challenge for the Derbyshire Ducks Goalball team: He plans to do 6 Parkruns in 15 days from next Saturday so let’s support him fundraising for some local Goalball goals. (For anyone wanting to know about Goalball have a look at this great video on the Goalball UK website. http://www.goalballuk.com/the-sport/)
A big thank you to this week’s volunteers, with a special shout out to the Sheffield Good Gym group. Parkrun can’t operate without wonderful people making it happen so have a look at the future roster to see if you can help out. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/graves/futureroster/ If you are nervous about taking on a new role, the volunteers meet beforehand and will walk you through it…so give it a go! The heroes of this week are:
Brian ADAMS, Helen ALFORD, Amy ALLCARD, Laura ALSTON, Robert ATKIN, Michelle CLARKE, Christopher DYER, Jo ECCLES, Susan GILLIE, Stephen GILMER, Everything's Run GREEN, Tom HARMAN, Sioned HAUGHTON, Paul HIGGINBOTTOM, Daniel KETTON, Sarah Louise KING, Charlie LAST, Kim LONGBON, Zoe MILLS, Robert NICOL, Simon NIGHTINGALE, Andrew PAYNE, Adam PERRY, Jennie STEVENS, Sallyann WINSLOW
The 19 people below got a PB and I’m assured by my better half that it was a good day for getting your highest position place. Well done to you all.
|Amanda TOWERS||Chris GRANGER||Christopher BROWN|
|Claire BONNETT||Emma HILLS||Ian FEELEY|
|Jack COLLIER||James BROOMHEAD||Jon COOK|
|Lesley BROSNAN||Lynn FINDLAY||Martin DOWNHAM|
|Mick CROOKES||Regina KAY||Sally RHODES|
|Samantha BIRD||Sarah Louise KING||Shelagh FREEMAN|
Huge congratulations to Graves regular Janet GLOVER who ran her300thrun.
This week’s top age graded result this week was
Helen EBERLIN (VW70-74) with 27:25 (83.95%)
|1||Nick TAYLOR||17:49||1||Sam BLAKEMORE||22:31|
|2||Stuart CARRACK||19:05||2||Charlotte ELLIS||22:53|
|3||Gavin NEWHOUSE||20:07||3||Lucy BROOM||23:05|
|* New PB|
|**Graves first timer|
Keep an eye on Facebook for any cancellations, please check the conditions and dress appropriately remembering that the finish funnel is 220m up (we had some very cold volunteers this week!)
For those of you planning for the up and coming holiday you can check which Parkruns are operating and when. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/
Graves Parkrun Saturday 22th December, 9am start time, Santa Hats and Fancy Dress encouraged.
Graves Parkrun Tuesday 25thDecember NO RUN
Graves Parkrun Saturday 29th, 9am start time as per normal
Graves New Year’s Day Parkrun Tuesday 1stJanuary, 9am start time
Don’t forget that there is a Junior Parkrun on Sunday mornings too.
Have a great week,
(with a big shout out to my finish buddy Andrew!)