After months in the planning, Event Director Lorna O'Donnell and her team of volunteers were very excited to get the very first Guernsey parkrun underway. Our new home at Pembroke is a mix of coastal footpaths and tracks across common land and after a few dry days the route was in great condition.
We were thrilled to have parkrun Ambassadors Andrew Lawrence and Geoff Miles in attendance (Osterley parkrun) and after spending months helping us with the set up of our event, they both took the opportunity to run the course. With 453 parkrun runs between them, they were sporting the coveted parkrun milestone shirts......something for us to aim for!
We were also pleased to welcome several visitors from the UK, including friends from Wimbledon, Chippenham, Woodhouse Moor, Conkers, Great Lines, Milton Keynes, Darlington and Moors Valley parkruns. Thank you all for your most welcome support. We had no idea how many parkrunners to expect and so were delighted to see 102 on the start line at Pembroke. The weather was a little chilly and, with high tide coinciding with our start time, we had a bit of spray coming over the sea wall trying to catch out the unsuspecting!
We had a full compliment of marshals out on the course to make sure no-one got lost amongst the gorse. Nigel Hurford, local Director with parkrun sponsor Intersport, was on duty back at the finish line, having gallantly volunteered to scan the bar codes. He then surprised our finishers with a special gift of a "parkrun teddy" to mark our inaugural event; thank you Intersport!
The honour of first finisher spot went to Clayton Barrett from Great Lines parkrun, Medway with a time of 18.57 and of course he set a new course record. Clayton caused us a bit of consternation during results processing as he inadvertently presented us with his father's barcode giving Mr Barrett senior an amazing age grading percentage but we worked it out in the end!
First lady home was Lee Merrien Running group member Nicola Smith in a time of 24.54; well done Nicola!
It was lovely to see some juniors join us for the event including the Dunkley girls, Hannah and Louise from Milton Keynes and local brothers Ethan and Declan Gilman.
Well done too to our walkers who kept up a brisk pace to get home in well under 50 minutes, including tail runner Kerry, who was sporting a very fetching furry tail attached to the back of her high-viz bib!
Thank you everyone and hope to see some of you next week.
Results summary below:
Event number 1
9th April 2016
Clayton BARRETT (VM35-39) (Larkfield AC) was first over the line in 18:57 - first appearance.
James PRIEST (SM20-24) of Guernsey Island AAC, was second over the line in 19:36.
Charlie THOMPSON (SM18-19) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:15.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Martin DEAN (Unattached) 100 pts.
Nick FORD (Unattached) 100 pts.
Karl BROUARD (Unattached) 100 pts.
Nicola SMITH (VW35-39) of Lee Merrien Running, was first (20th overall) over the line in 24:54 - first appearance.
Helene HERVE (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (22nd overall) over the line in 25:44.
Emma LE FLOCQ (SW30-34) of Lee Merrien Running, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 26:09.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nicola SMITH (Lee Merrien Running) 100 pts.
Lorna O'DONNELL (Lee Merrien Running) 100 pts.
Lindsey DEAN (Unattached) 100 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Julie LAWLOR (VW70-74) was graded 84.00% for the time 27:24 (31st overall).
Margaret MARDALL (VW65-69) was graded 79.01% for the time 27:43 (34th overall).
Clayton BARRET (VW35-39) was graded 70.45% for the time 18.57 (1st overall)
This week there were 102 runners, of whom 96 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.
Guernsey parkrun started on 9th April 2016, and since then 97 different runners, including participants from 9 athletics clubs, have completed 102 runs covering a total distance of 510 km, and there have been 0 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Nicola SMITH who ran in a time of 00:24:54 on 2016-04-09 (event number 1).
The male record is held by Clayton BARRETT who ran in a time of 00:18:57 on 2016-04-09 (event number 1).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie LAWLOR who recorded a 84.00% run (27.24) on 9th April 2016 (event number 1).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Guernsey parkrun Results Page.