A bright, fairly clear morning, with not much wind, certainly no rain, and even a little hint of warmth. Could this be the reason we had a lot of PB's set today? In all we had fourteen!!! and others were very close to their Best. Special mention has to go to Michelle Baxter Wickham who bettered her PB by 2 minutes and 47 seconds, and Tom Chappell who improved his by 49 seconds.
We also had four new runners, so welcome to you guys. We hope you enjoyed it and we will see you back again.
First finisher was Bertie Powell, in his ninth appearance (of which he has finished first, eight times!) with a very impressive of 15:38 - only eight seconds off his PB. Bertie also topped the Age-Graded competition, with 82.52%. Next was Simon Freeman in 16:42 - a time which smashed his previous best by 31 seconds. Third home was Ben Wickham (who went the right way this time!) and finished in 17:28 - another one who took a chunk off his PB, by some 44 seconds (and not just because he decided not to add on another 400m!).
In her 21st appearance Linda Ingram was the first female past the post, for the second time, in a time of 23:27. This beat her previous best by 2 seconds. Michaela Glendinning was next in 23:58. Stacey Dougherty, who was running a parkrun for the first time, came third with 24:46.
1) We could always do with more volunteers - in the last month we have had one week with no volunteers at all, and another with just two. As has been said many times before, parkrun only exists by the help of volunteers. It is your parkrun, so please give some time up to enable others to enjoy the experience.
2) Could we please remind you to bring your barcodes, in paper form, as printed off the website. Our scanners are unable to read the barcodes if they have been enlarged, minimalised, or are on your mobile phone. It creates extra work, having to enter details in manually, so please remember to bring the paper codes, so that we can get your results out swiftly.
Until next week...and let us hope the weather is as kind as it was today.....
Your Hackney Marshes parkrun organising team