Let me start this run report with a confession - I forgot the Flake.
Confused? My run at Herrington Country was to be my 99th, and we’ve recently started a “thing” at my home event of awarding a Flake to the 99th finisher at your 99th run. Said Flake was duly purchased, and carefully transported the 250 miles from Gloucester, only to be left languishing in my mother’s fridge on Saturday morning. So, Lesley Foster from South Shields Harriers – congratulations on your PB and I owe you a Flake!
I love coming back to my home city (Durham) as it provides an opportunity to indulge in some parkrun tourism and, having sampled other nearby events previously, it was good to see another location within a short drive. The course description sounded interesting and the reality did not disappoint in the slightest. On a cold, crisp morning with Penshaw Monument set against a clear blue sky, this really was a perfect setting and I hope all you regulars realise just how lucky you are to be able to run here. I love my home course but it’s an urban park within a modern housing development, so not quite as impressive, although we do have peacocks on the course occasionally.
I spotted the Start easily enough, and parked up right beside it, but didn’t realise that the core team were lurking down by the amphitheatre. Luckily I spotted fellow Tikiboo wearer, Cat Lingwood in her Mr Bump leggings (who just happened to be the other tailwalker) along with her husband Phil who was well wrapped up for his role as photographer. In fact, all the volunteers were well wrapped up ready to marshal, timekeep, scan barcodes and all the other roles that make a successful parkrun. If you want to keep your event running then please consider volunteering once in a while, it’s great fun and you can try loads of different roles. You can even volunteer at events other than your own, or some volunteer roles will allow you to run as well as help out.
All the facts and figures for this week’s event are available from the Results page – out of the 202 parkrunners, 56 were running at Herrington for the first time (including yours truly) and 20 of those were doing their first ever parkrun. 33 people recorded their best ever time at Herrington Country. Dave Dougan celebrated his 200th parkrun whilst Caroline Scholl earned her red milestone T shirt by clocking up her 50th.
I always like to look for some “aesthetically pleasing” times in the results, and these caught my eye
Andrew Jones 21:12
Nathan Craigs 22:11
Shaun Nordstrom 24:42
Dave Burke 30:20
Michael Rolfe 31:31
Rachael Dickinson 34:43
Thank you for your warm welcome Herrington Country – I may have ticked off the “H” on my alphabet challenge (along with cheeky stopwatch bingo and position bingo for my finish time and position) but I will definitely be back in the future. After all, I do owe Lesley a Flake……………..
parkrunner A2322207 – Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Fred GUY • Chris TURNBULL • Lisa TILMOUTH • Lisa FORM • Aubrey FORM • Janice CRAIGS • Emily TILMOUTH • Andrew GRAHAM • Christine PARKER • Paul MITCHISON • Catriona LINGWOOD • Philip LINGWOOD • Tracey FAIRLESS • Rachael TURNBULL • Carol GREEN • Charles TATE • Russell DAY • Amanda PEARSON • Helen RICHARDSON • Kelly VENUS • Simon VENUS • Shula BARRY • Alan SIMPSON • Leanne SIMPSON • Lucy SIMPSON • Christine LAWSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Herrington Country parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Aly DIXON who recorded a time of 18:49 on 25th December 2019 (event number 24).
The male record is held by George PHILLIPS who recorded a time of 16:08 on 28th December 2019 (event number 25).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 86.81% (18:19) on 5th October 2019 (event number 12).
Herrington Country parkrun started on 20th July 2019. Since then 3,036 participants have completed 7,233 parkruns covering a total distance of 36,165 km, including 1,252 new Personal Bests. A total of 267 individuals have volunteered 971 times.