Guernsey parkrun Event #159 – 18 May 2019

Parkrun report #159 for 18th May 2019

I was planning a holiday in the Channel Islands and thought the route of the Guernsey parkrun looked stunning, around L’Ancresse Bay, so the holiday was planned around that, and I am so glad I did. The course was spectacular although it is fair to say that stopping to take lots of photos does nothing for my pace which is slow at the best of times. But the views were too good to miss! In addition to the beautiful course, the core team and volunteers were very welcoming and friendly, and they even persuaded the drizzle to stop just before 9 am! Brilliant achievement.

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226 runners turned out today of whom 48 were first time visitors like myself. However, unlike me, several of the visitors were in Guernsey for the Guernsey Ultra on Sunday - 36 miles around the coast ... good luck to them all. 18 of the first time visitors were doing their first ever parkrun ... welcome to the parkrun community and please come back for a second parkrun. At the other extreme, three runners had done more than 400 parkruns ... Simon Kimpton on 464, Pat Kimpton on 429 and Dave Llewellyn on 410.

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22 different clubs were represented, both local and from across the UK.

There were some impressive milestones. Tom Elcock from Hyde Park Harriers celebrated his 250th parkrun. Tom Hutchison from Team Bath AC and Arthur Law from Holme Pierrepoint RC both achieved their 100th parkrun. Thomas Garvey (JM11-14) achieved his 10th parkrun. There will be a lot of new milestone t-shirts appearing ... congratulations to you all.

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Charlie Thompson was the first male back in 19:22. Well done. But particular congratulations have to go to Emily Garvey (JW10) who was the first female back in 22:42, achieving a shiny new PB, her fourth PB in four weeks, and an age grade of 75.18%, the highest age grading of the week. Awesome running. And 55 people smashed out new PBs ... well done to you all. But all 226 runners deserve congratulations ... we all did so well. Sadly 12 people forgot their barcodes.

And of course none of us would have been able to run without the amazing 18 volunteers who encouraged us all the way round. Thank you to you all.

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I really enjoyed my visit to Guernsey parkrun, and the bacon and egg rolls in the Beach Cafe afterwards, combined with the fun of token sorting with friends, made a perfect ending. Thank you to everyone for your welcome ... I would recommend this to anyone thinking of visiting Guernsey.

Caroline HARVEY
Ashton Court parkrun

Here is the results summary:
This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 48 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Pat KIMPTON • Linda JOHANSEN • Tiaan CALITZ • Lorna O'DONNELL • Anthony O'DONNELL • Kerry KEMP • Caroline HARVEY • Mandy LANGMEAD • Mel CROCKER • Alex ALLAN • Beth WRIGHT • Steven MARQUIS • Joanna HOLLYER-HILL • Martin WRIGHT • Francis SNODING • Jane DE JERSEY • Emily WRIGHT • Mary HOLLYER HILL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Guernsey parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Michael BATISTE who recorded a time of 16:48 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 113).
The female record is held by Louise PERRIO who recorded a time of 17:58 on 18th August 2018 (event number 121).
The Age Grade course record is held by Julie LAWLOR who recorded 93.81% (25:51) on 20th April 2019 (event number 155).

Guernsey parkrun started on 9th April 2016. Since then 3,416 participants have completed 19,455 parkruns covering a total distance of 97,275 km, including 3,777 new Personal Bests. A total of 302 individuals have volunteered 2,316 times.