It's been many months since it poured down at parkrun o'clock. Fortunately, today we were treated to just a slight mizzle, which, to be honest, once we had started parkrun, had fizzled out.
Soon the Run Director arrived with her trolley and after stopping briefly at the start line (probably to put the start sign up), Sarah Roche arrived at the finish area. Between us, we built the finish funnel, ready for the first finishers. By this time, dozens of participants had arrived and soon it was time for the runners' briefing.
Sarah thanks the Bedford Harriers for filling this week's roster and everyone congratulated 7 year old birthday boy Ethan
. Today would be his 26th adult parkrun and tomorrow, he planned to complete his 100th junior parkrun at nearby Bedford juniors parkrun
. Also receiving a round of applause was Louise Joanne Kemp - today marks her 100th completed parkrun. Well done to you both!
185 people completed today's parkrun and fastest was Jacob Preston (aged 11-14) with his time of 17:37. A mere 9 seconds later, the fastest lady, and 2nd finisher was Jo Oregan. Were there a few more PBs today, courtesy of the Bedford Harriers pacers? An incredible 47 people now have new times to beat.
Thank you to Shaun Busby, Oli Jones, Adam Hills, Bruce Hutchinson, Kirsty Jones, Phil Supple, Noel Jones, Steve Welsh, Debi Fisher and Claire Rulton for your volunteer pacing skills.
According to the results, 23 people visited Great Denham parkrun for the first time, and of those, seven were attempting to complete their very first parkrun. Welcome - we hope that you will come to love parkrun. There were 4 unknowns in the results today - perhaps they didn't want their times recorded, they forgot their barcodes, or were just trying out parkrun before registering. Whatever happened, the golden rule of parkrun is #DFYB (don't forget your barcode) if you want to be included in the official results.
Jacob Preston, Ian Tull, Matthew Kemp, Derinda Bullen, Peter Brereton and Caroline Watson all completed their 8th parkrun. As Tail Walker, I at best, had a brisk walk although the same cannot be said for Eliud Kipchoge, who was attempting to become the first human to ever run a marathon (so 8 consecutive parkruns) in sub 2-hours. Admittedly, he was in Vienna, and I was still within sight of the Great Denham parkrun start line but I whipped out my phone and a few of us watched his final minutes. Eliud Kipchoge was smiling (ie in pain), as his pacers peeled off and he became the fastest man to complete a marathon in 1:59:40.2. To put this into parkrun language - his target pace for every 100m was around 17 seconds and he was clocking 14m13s for every parkrun (5k). According to parkrun stats only 5 of the 51,363,611 5k parkruns completed (excluding 50 wheelchair and 15 assisted runs), have been faster than Mr Kipchoge's pace
Eliud Kipchoge had 41 pace-makers to assist him in making history and Great Denham parkrun, broke a new record too - 28 people donned high-viz. Thank you to the volunteers not already mentioned - John Haggerwood, Jazmine Clark, Helen Whiting, Tom Brassington, Elaine Massie, Steve Crane, Hannah Woodrose, Beverley Gous, Sara Brister, Ian Woodrose, Richard Lawson, Joanne Gould, Balbir Khinda, Sam Austin, Caroline Musgrove, Ethan Masih and Peter Pack.
If you are interested, you can also enter the Bedford Harriers Half Marathon,
which takes place on 1 December 2019, and costs £23-25.
If you'd like to see ALL the fantastic photographs from today's event, please check out: Google Album
. Thank you so much to our photographers - Peter & Balbir.
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