Herrington Country parkrun
Event number 27
4th January 2020
In Praise of PBs – Run Report Event #27
The average run time at Herrington Country parkrun is 29:39. On 4th January, Sophie Carruthers and Claire Robinson were closest to this time. Both missing it by only 7 seconds.
There is unbridled joy in the parkrun world when average run times increase, as this statistic, above all others, demonstrates that parkrun is fulfilling the ambition of being welcoming to all regardless of age, background and ability.
Here at Herrington Country parkrun we also celebrate a rising run time average. The high numbers of runners at the recent holiday events have resulted in average time to complete the run increasing by 8 seconds. First-time parkrunners (joggers and walkers) will have a big influence on this, of course. There have been 43 parkrun debutants at Herrington Country parkrun in 2020, only 11 of who have finished faster than the course average time. This is a high number for two events and hopefully will continue for future events.
This week however, I was encouraged to write a few words in praise of PBs. A (somewhat mouldy) mince pie to the first person to identify the likely culprit!
Increasing average run times are an indicator of the overall success of the event, but we are of course delighted to see individuals coming to parkrun and improving. That’s the logical (although perhaps not inevitable) next step.
Event #27 saw the achievement of 37 course PBs and included within these were 16 all-time PBs. The PB times ranged from 22:02 to 42:34. Eighteen PBs were longer than the average time at the course.
Lawrence Cummings, returning to Herrington for his 2nd run, set a PB of 24:40. In the process he set an age grade record for the VM75-79 age group and became only the 19th person to achieve an age grade % higher than 80% at Herrington (81.42%). Apparently Lawrence holds the VM75-79 age grade record at around 60 parkrun events!
Zoe Dipper finished 27th at the 27th event and set a PB in the process.
Jamie Summers announced his induction to the 100 milestone club with a new PB.
Olivia Barnett (JW10), Austin Palmer (JM10) and Henry Atkinson (JM10) were the youngest to achieve PBs.
Darin Craigs and Claire Mitchison got new PBs, but also earned a volunteer credit. Here’s a list of the volunteer roles you can combine with running: -
First Timers Briefing, Tail Walker, Pacer, Pre-event Setup, Post-event Closedown, Token sorting, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Run Report Writer, Car Park Marshal and Event Day Course Check.
The volunteer team at Herrington Country parkrun is super friendly and you won’t regret getting involved.
PBs were also achieved by Sara Fenna, Peter Wilcox, Nicholas and Archie Gordon (love to see this!), Maureen Hardwick, Helen White, Jonathon Douglas, Charlie Slater, Nicola Robinson, Sarah Gillender, Claire Stevenson, Lorna Shaw, Emma Leather, Matthew James Marsh, Marie Ball, Jane Stobbart, Jordan Jobling, Robin Linton, Steven Widdowfield, Stefan Dipper, Daniel and Hannah Sore (Love it!), Claire Milford, Stuart Hitcham (Where’s Charlie?), Laura Jackson, Gerard and Lynn Oakes (even more family running :-)), Jayne Porter and (top volunteer) Helen Richardson.
Of the 37 PBs, 19 were achieved by female participants, who made up 43% of runners overall and a whopping 58% of volunteers.
There were 25 running and athletics clubs represented at the event.
60 people ran, jogged or walked for the first time at Herrington Country parkrun and 24 of these were making their parkrun debut. Felicity McMurty celebrated her first visit by joining the 10 milestone club. Congratulations!
Almost 1 in 5 runs at Herrington result in a PB, so if you haven’t had a PB in your last four runs, this week could be the week for you. It’s a paced event with athletes from Sunderland Harriers, increasing the chances still further.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Rachel BENTLEY • Fred GUY • Chris TURNBULL • Keith TILMOUTH • Lisa FORM • Jennifer CARRUTHERS • Aubrey FORM • Darin CRAIGS • Janice CRAIGS • Michael HILDRETH • Emily TILMOUTH • Paul MITCHISON • Sheena WIDDOWFIELD • Jennifer MCDONALD • Charles TATE • Claire MITCHISON • Anais SORE • John RODDY • Toni FYFE • Shula BARRY • Susan MCQUADE • Martin MCQUADE • Alan SIMPSON • Pat TILLSON • Leanne SIMPSON • Lucy SIMPSON
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 2,922 participants have completed 6,786 parkruns covering a total distance of 33,930 km, including 1,176 new Personal Bests. A total of 236 individuals have volunteered 900 times.
This weeks run report was written by Volunteer, Aub Form. If you fancy volunteering to write our weekly report don't hesitate to get in touch.