It's quite a toughie!
As a parkrun tourist, my trip to Guernsey has been in the planning stages for a long time and this weekend it finally happened. Having run Jersey parkrun last year, I was especially looking forward to visiting Guernsey as it would mean I had completed the Channel Islands parkruns and would become something known (in parkrun tourist circles at least) as a Regionnaire!
With the buses from St Peter's Port going once per hour, I made the decision to get the earlier bus which in hindsight may have been a little bit too early as I arrived just before 8am. Not to worry, if you get there early you can just chat to the lovely volunteers and help them setup the course (sorry if the finish funnel was a little bit wonky today!)
And what an amazing parkrun it is. Stunning views of the coast, gorgeous sunshine and even a little breeze made it the perfect weather for running, walking or jogging the 5k. OK, I'll admit that I did find the course quite challenging in places, but unusually for me I managed to get round without stopping and that just made me love it even more.
I'd like to mention our amazing Run Director for the day, who did a fantastic job of making sure everything went smoothly, as well as being so welcoming to us tourists. Also, I got chatting to Caroline DALL-WHITTALL before the start, and although I couldn't quite keep up we her, she hung around at the end and kindly offered my partner and I a lift back to St Peter's port. Caroline is new to parkrun tourism, having only ever previously run at her home event of Medina (Isle Of Wight). It was lovely to meet you Caroline and good luck in your future touring.
I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:
Alex ALLAN, Lindsey DEAN, Martin DEAN, Carolyn ELMY, Graham HALL, Mary HOLLYER HILL, Joanna HOLLYER-HILL, Simon HOLLYER-HILL, Nigel HURFORD, Linda JOHANSEN, Helene LE VALLEE, James MAGUIRE, Richard MORRIS, Lorna O'DONNELL, Mark PINNEY, Soo WELLFAIR, James WOOD
Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so please have a look and see if you can spot yourself. Some photos of the volunteers can be seen at the end of the video.
The FAST version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfka-4zaxSA
On to the stats....
This week we had 242 runners, joggers and walkers. Just 14 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 114 Females and 114 Males. Some lovely symmetry to the numbers there!
First 3 Males to finish were James DE GARIS in 19:22, Richard THORBURN in a new PB of 19:53 and Michael GRANT in 19:56. First 3 Female finishers were Louise MANKLOW in a new PB of 23:05, Emma STAFFORD-BELL in 23:16 and Emma SIMM in 25:02.
There were 54 parkrunners who were new to Guernsey parkrun of whom 27 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 30 PB's. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.
The "most runniest runner" was David ORME on 228 parkruns (a strange coincedence that despite not having actually met David, we also ran together in June in Sweden), but there were 19 other members of the 100 Club, 30 members of the 50 Club and 14 members of the 10 Club present. The only official milestones achieved today were Sue LAWRENCE who joined the 50 Club and Leo MARLEY who joined the 10 Club, great work!
Highest Age Grading on the day was Mary SWINDLES with 74.25%, with an astonishing time of 28:09 in the VW65-69 category!!
The person who has run at Guernsey parkrun more often than anyone else is Terry GREENING who has run here at 139 of the 174 events. Well done Terry, that's commitment!!
We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the offical parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast (some of you may remember Danny and Nicola from the much loved "The parkrun Show"). I thoroughly recommend them both.
Mark Pinney (A2522444)