Sixteen days have passed since the most recent parkrun at Herrington Country Park, or indeed anywhere. There were strong rumours going around on the morning of 14th March 2020, of a government ordered ban on gatherings of more than 500 people. Others appeared confident that parkrun HQ would pre-empt the government’s move and bring the UK and other countries in line with those countries where parkrun had already been cancelled.
We had, imho a joyous event on 14th March and we had a proper celebration afterwards in Penshaw Tea Rooms. A day or so later the expected announcement came and we had no parkrun to look forward to in the coming week. We wondered, in our house, about how much appetite there would be to read a run report in the circumstances, which have become increasingly unusual, as the days have passed. Since then we’ve been chewing the fat on whether a run report would be worthwhile and whether too much time has passed.
Over the weekend however, we reached the conclusion that there were such a lot of fantastic achievements on the day that it would be wrong not to acknowledge them.
For the second week running (no pun intended) and for only the third time in 37 events, female participation exceeded male (94/93). On the volunteer roster the numbers were even more pronounced (39 female 16 male). If the ladies are to achieve a hat trick, it won’t happen until May at the earliest.
There were 33 runners/joggers/walkers attending Herrington Country parkrun for the 1st time and included in these were 9 who were making their 1st ever foray into the world of parkrun. Take a belated bow Daniel FULLARD, Paula and David BUNKALL, McKenzie ROBSON, Rachael KNIGHT, Adam MOSS, Michael and Eleanor ASHLEY and Hollie FORM. Hollie was celebrating her 4th birthday and is (as far as we know) the youngest participant at Herrington Country. To begin her parkrun career in style, Hollie undertook tailwalker duties, along with Toni FYFE, Joanne MONARCH and Debbie RODDEN, gaining her 1st volunteer credit too.
Andy GRAHAM was 1st Finisher in a new PB of 17:22. Elizabeth MCKINNON was 1st Female Finisher in 22:39.
Gavin WHYTE was 37th Finisher at the 37th event at Herrington Country, while Paula MCINTOSH (27:44 a new PB) completed her 37th parkrun.
Completing 50 parkruns were Ben BLANCKLEY (22:55 a new PB) and Claire MOSS (45:43). Congratulations to you both, you were just in the nick of time. Sympathy to Niah CASS-EVANS and Lisa DAVIDSON, both one parkrun short of a milestone.
In total there were 67 Herrington Country parkrun PBs and some credit for this must go to the excellent group of pacemakers (25 of the 67 PBs occurred within 20 seconds of a pacer). Scattered liberally within the PBs there were 42 best ever parkrun PBs. A remarkable number from just 195 participants.
The average run time has increased to 30:00 (a good thing). Stephan DIPPER (29:59 a new PB) and Amy HENDERSON (30:01 a new PB) were closest to the average (not that there’s anything average about anyone in the parkrun community).
Finally, (statistically speaking) 16 days is the longest known gap between the end of a parkrun and publication of a run report. Unless you know different…..
The stats above and the efforts of all finishers are great and show the determination and commitment of individual parkrunners, but the day was made even more fantastic by the brilliantly positive support that was provided by Volunteer Take Over from The Silky Striders. They provided many of the pacers (certainly the loudest ones in Deb Howell-Smith and Paul KELL PICKFORD) and the most enthusiastic group of marshals and other volunteers that have been involved in takeovers with us. They even had some fantastic team work token sorting in the Tea Rooms afterwards! A fantastic job.
I’m sure all that were there would agree that, whilst we left the park uncertain about when we’d all next see each other, we also left uplifted and optimistic that this flaming virus won’t get us – we’ll be back on that start line ready for the most enormous cheer and round of applause as soon as it safe and practical to do so. Massive Thanks and a very well done to all.
Stay Safe and Keep Smiling!
This week 195 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 55 volunteers:
Gary FOX • Michelle MUSTARD • Margaret THOMPSON • Tony THOMPSON • Kim FOX • Angela CALVERT • Deb SMITH • Paul Kell PICKFORD • Paula Grace PAUL • Dale YOUNG • Peter TURNER • Tony ALLINSON • Michelle PHILLIPS • Keith TILMOUTH • Helen THOMPSON • Lee CARRUTHERS • Lisa TILMOUTH • Tracy MUSGROVE • Gillian ALLINSON • Aubrey FORM • Debra JAMES • Catherine BALDRIDGE • Roseanne DOUGAN • Richard BORROWDALE • Ann GASH • Claire MILFORD • Clare LYNCH • John DODDS • Laurina DIXON • Judith SLOCOMBE • Catriona LINGWOOD • Philip LINGWOOD • Sarah DAVISON • Ruth TURNER • Tracy COWANS • Sandra WILKINSON • Charles TATE • Lesley ADAMS • Lee COLMAN • Debbie RODDEN • Joanne MONARCH • Charlotte MACLEMAN • Julie MACKEL • Isobel KERR • Deb WATSON • Rebecca SWINDELLS • Toni FYFE • Christine CASS-EVANS • Julie REAY • Stuart PAUL • Alan SIMPSON • Helen ANDERSON • Lucy SIMPSON • Jane STOBBART • Hollie FORM
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 3,416 participants have completed 8,966 parkruns covering a total distance of 44,830 km, including 1,675 new Personal Bests. A total of 337 individuals have volunteered 1,298 times.