Lurking among the (not)parkrun results this week there are a number of phenomenal efforts that might be overlooked by just a cursory glance at the list of finishers in week 3 of the event.
At the head of the queue this week, in my opinion is Karen Magog. Karen was a 1st time (not)parkrunner on Saturday 4th July and completed her run in 23:05, almost a minute and a half quicker than her previous parkrun best time. In doing so, Karen recorded an Age Grade % of 70.18. Highest of the week and 2nd highest ever in a (not)parkrun for Herrington Country. Although not quite quick enough to claim the Age Grade Record for her category, this run would place Karen at 244th (out of 3,400+) in the all-time Herrington Country parkrun Age Grade league. An age Grade performance of 70%+ is a bit of a Holy Grail for me, so hats off to Karen.
Karen was one of 10 1st Timers at (not)parkrun this week. Another 1st Timer Graeme Conlon (39:25) became the 5th person to make a parkrun debut at a (not)parkrun event. It may not be the ideal start to a parkrun career having to get out there without the rest of the crew, but it’s great to see that people are still being attracted to the community and will hopefully join us in the Country Park at 9am on a Saturday soon.
More familiar names on the 1st Timer list included 1st Finisher John Dodds (21:48) and long-time friend of Herrington Country parkrun, Nathan Craigs, 3rd Finisher at the 3rd (not)parkrun in 22:58.
He may jointly hold the record for taking part in Herrington Country parkrun (32 along with Paul Wind (28:21 this week)), but Nathan has a bit of catching up to do in (not)parkrun terms. Rachael Forbister/Gibbins achieved the maximum of 7 (not)parkruns this week and with 20 (not)parkruns overall has completed at least 7 more than any other parkrunner.
First Female Finisher (for the 2nd week in a row) Rebecca Cairns ran a (not)parkrun PB of 22.21 , which is about 70 seconds faster than her parkrun PB.
There were 17 further PBs, including 5 others that were all-time parkrun PBs:
- Zoe Dipper 25:52
- Amy Drew 29:23
- Ruth Graham 32:01 (PB streak of 2)
- Joanne Richardson 35:22 (1st Timer last week, PB this week)
- Leanne Simpson 38:37 (PB streak of 2)
Average run time this week was 33:32. Janet Morris (32:59) & Adrian Kelsall (34:05) were closest to the average time.
7 different running clubs were represented in the results this week.
All told 53 parkrunners (27 Female (51%)) ran, jogged or walked a total of 81 parkruns (42 (52%) by Female (not)parkrunners) in the week.
Once again Saturday was the most popular day, with 23 recorded times. Pretty good considering that this week there was competition from Hair Stylist/Barbershops & Pubs/Restaurants for the first time. At least you could get a decent cup of coffee afterwards.
Volunteer credits this week for: -
Tailwalkers - Alan and Lucy Simpson
Togs – Rachael Gibbins, Lisa Form, Cat Lingwood, Keith Tilmouth & Graeme Conlon – we would love to see loads more photos/selfies in the coming weeks!
Timekeepers – Everyone!
Week 4 is the final rehearsal for Herrington Country parkrun’s 1st Birthday in week 5, and we’re still hoping to encourage 100 people to take part in the celebration. Please encourage a friend to get involved.