There's no calories in brown food on parkrun's birthday
On 20th July 2019 316 people ran, jogged or walked the inaugural Herrington Country parkrun. 18th July 2020, as the closest Saturday to the anniversary, was chosen as the date to celebrate our 1st Birthday. An invitation was published to attend in small groups, or family bubbles to run a socially distanced 5k between the hours of 08:00 and 12:00. Important to say that the current restrictions were observed, but at the same time there were plenty opportunities to renew acquaintance in the outdoors with stacks of parkrunners that we hadn’t seen in what seems like ages. There would be cake, and one thing you quickly learn about parkrun, is that cake is a big draw.
Early morning rain didn't deter the revellers
I’m not able to accurately report exactly how many parkruns were completed in the Country Park on Saturday. Some people, who I know were there, haven’t submitted a result and also I missed the first and last hour! ED Keith was there throughout, however and he provided the following report of what happened on the day: -
“David Gilroy was our first official finisher running over our makeshift finish line. David from Washington only last week had fallen and blacked his eye along with cuts but not to be put off ran a freedom run for his #not parkrun.
Donn Harris arrived looking for cake! However he set off slightly after 8am and was our second official finisher in the #notparkrun birthday celebrations.
I only came for the parkrun......Honest!
We were delighted to see Paula McIntosh as our first female finisher in the #notparkun birthday celebration. Paula a regular volunteer and runner was delighted to finish third and said "That'll never happen again ever!"
ED's seal of approval for 1st Female Finisher, Paula
Catherine Baldridge was our second female finisher and it was a double celebration as she was running on her own 6th parkrun anniversary!
I hope you weren't ducking that funnel, Catherine
Our first Junior over the makeshift happy birthday chalk finish line was Lucy Simpson appearing from the movie Frozen! She finished 5th and so was so ecstatic she decided to colour in the whole finish line!
Lucy finishes ahead of Dad, Alan again
From the many runners that decided to do their #notparkrun at Herrington Country on our Birthday we had two parkrunners that ran the course twice! Simon Elliott who knocked 25 seconds off his PB with a new time of 22:50 and then went on to run the second time in 27:20.
Iain Wilson also ran his #notparkrun on his own before running a second time with good friend Adrian Kelsall and his dog Archie!
Simon "Machine" Elliott warms up with a new PB
Mr & Mrs Fox were our first couple to finish across the #notparkrun finish line! Gary Fox celebrating his birthday the next day. Happy Birthday Gary!
Incredible first timers to parkrun and #notparkrun were Olivia Downes and Carrie Powell who also PB'd at 33:27.
Simply amazing to see First Timers running #notparkrun on our birthday and also the number of new PB's is fantastic!
Happy Birthday Herrington Country parkrun!”
We said there would be cake and there was an absolute mountain. Hands down winner in a straw poll was Cat Lingwood’s Rocky Road – I lost count of the people who told me I should’ve had a piece, after it had all gone! Well done, Cat. There’s an order in the post. Honourable mentions to Becky Swindells, who arrived with Amelia seemingly just to bring cake and enjoy the atmosphere and to Tracy and Greg McPeake. Apologies to any cake suppliers not mentioned, but there’s a guarantee of a mention in a future parkrun report, if you do it again (or free entry to a parkrun of your choice).
The McPeake’s were there with Washington Junior RC which had moved its Saturday morning training session to Herrington Country Park. The youngsters ran a variety of distances, many completing the full 5k, running in small groups with parents and coaches. This is an excellent omen for the future of parkrun in the area once we are able to come together in more normal circumstances.
At least 14 athletes who walked, jogged or ran the 1st Herrington Country parkrun completed a (not)parkrun during the birthday week (Adrian Kelsall, Cat Lingwood, Nathan Craigs, Rachael Morrell, Samuel Morris, Ashleigh Atkinson, Francesca Form, Emily Tilmouth, Catherine Baldridge, Janice Craigs, Lee Carruthers, Dave Gilroy, Andy Graham, and Deb Smith). Also at the 1st event (volunteering) and completing a (not)parkrun this week were Darin Craigs, Claire and Henry Dougherty, Aub and Lisa Form, Keith & Lisa Tilmouth, Paula Paul, Mandy Pearson and David Sore.
Fred attempts to uncover the rocky road secret, but Cat's having none of it
There were plenty others who came along on Saturday, or ran during the week, who haven’t submitted times, so don’t feature in the results. Of these Fred Guy (volunteering) and Sarah Purkis, Marie Howard, Mark Harris, Iain Wilson, Gary Fox, Kim Fox and Roseanne and Dave Dougan (running) were all there on Day 1. You folks are the equivalent of the 6 Unknowns in the results of the 1st parkrun.
Iain ran twice & qualified for two cakes
I know of others too, but you can’t name check everyone (Kay and Stephen Duthie, who have helped us since before our 1st event, deserve a mention though, despite representing the Other Place). We’re all part of a growing community. In total 3,416 different people have run a total of 8,966 parkruns in the past year at Herrington. In addition we have 6 brand spanking new (not)parkrunners contributing to the 381 not parkruns completed since 15th June. Like all parkruns Herrington Country was set up to generate participation and community, so these figures are great to see. As Keith would say “This is why we do it and we’ll do it together again soon”.
Mandy and Janet together, but observing 1 metre plus guidance
In the week that ended on 19th July: -
There were 8 PBs, including 2 all-time parkrun PBs by Aub Form (24:05) and Rachael Forbister/Gibbins (28:53)
There were 6 1st Timers in the results including two making parkrun debuts (Carrie Powell 33:27 and Olivia Downes 30:16). Another (not)parkrun 1st Timer, but regular Herrington Country parkrunner Simon Elliott set a new PB 22:50.
Since (not)parkrun started female participation has exceeded male participation each week. This week the gender gap was the largest it’s been with 27 ladies in the total of 50, contributing 44 of the total 80 (not)parkruns.
Not a bloke in sight
Fastest Finisher was Andy Graham (17:54) and he also had the highest age grade% with 74.74%
Hollie demonstrates her "Flying Feet in Wellies" technique
5th Finisher at the 5th (not)parkrun was Aub Form :)).
Fastest Female Finisher was Rachael Morrell (28:15). Rachael completed 5 (not)parkruns in the week, but like the rest of us, continues to lose ground on Rachael Forbister/Gibbins who is now on a 4-week streak of 7 and has completed 32 in total.
7 Running Clubs were represented this week.
Archie paces Adrian, Iain and Tracey round the parkrun course
The average run time this week was 34:18. With a time of 34:36 Deb Smith was closest to the average and achieved this as part of a longer 10 mile run.
We are looking forward to a bigger, better celebration as soon as we can.