Today we were lucky. The heavy rain from yesterday eased up (temporarily it seems - as I write, it is pouring down outside) and left a beautiful sunny morning, but not too warm. In short, perfect running weather. However, the rain had left the grassy sections slightly moist and soft underfoot. I think in horse racing they call it 'cut in the ground'. It remained to be seen if this impacted the times.
We had 29 runners, of which five were running our parkrun for the first time, so welcome and hope to see you again. After being announced as the Sweatshop winner for the month of September, Sarah Peterson who also holds the female course record of 18:55, continued in her customary role as first finishing female but this time came first out of everyone, in a time of 19:12. Not far behind was Oliver O'Brien, in 19:47, was the first male and third overall Jonathan Blackburn, whose 20:13 was a PB by 6 seconds.
The second woman to finish was Camilla Bubna-Kasteliz, who was 6th overall, and ran 22:03, a whopping 42 seconds better than her previous fastest time. Third was Linda Ingram, in 24:06.
As well as Camilla, 6 other runners gained PB's today, with the biggest improvement by Darshana Chauhan who shaved off 55 seconds from her previous best.
In the day's Age Graded competition, Sarah Peterson continued her successful day with the highest grading of 77.08%.
So, till next week, when we hope the weather will just as kind.....keep running.