"I did not plan for this"
" I did not plan for this to happen, I just wanted to run with my friends " is amongst the opening lines of Paul SINTON-HEWITT's acceptance speech for the RSA's Albert Medal. The medal is awarded to those who lead progress and create positive change within contemporary society. Paul received it for building a global participation movement. Follow this link http://parkrun.me/72tuo to view the presentation ceremony and listen to Paul's response. I'm confident that you will find the founder's words interesting as he shares his thoughts and visions of parkrun. One of the themes explored is that parkrun is not just about running. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate, all have equal value within the global participation movement.
Every week we applaud the volunteers who make parkrun possible. I'm sure that their efforts are valued and that they are accepted as an important part of the parkrun community. This week no one achieved a 25 volunteer purple T-shirt and saw the logo appear against their name on the results table. Some volunteers however rarely have their names included in these results, so their volunteering record remains hidden and perhaps unrecognised. How many times has Alan WILSON, stood at Wilson's Corner? How many times has Dave GOWANS taken photographs? How many times has Kelvin ECCLES stood at the first turn? I could go on, but I guess you understand my meaning. For those of you who are wondering, Alan has been there 235 times (1 run on 8th September 2012). Dave has focused on us 137 times (1 run on Christmas Day 2011). Kelvin has turned up 129 times to make sure we all turn right (2 runs, the last on 28th september 2013). I could continue to include those reliable regulars who make a contribution every week, often combining it with a run, but I expect that you have the message. The parkrun community has many participants and they are not all runners and if you have not volunteered by now, its your turn next week.
Incidently Paul SINTON-HEWITT has visited Hull on two occasions. On Thursday 30th June 2011 he discussed parkrun with the Humber Sports Partnership. One of the outcomes was the activation of Sewerby parkrun. Later that evening he joined some of us for a social freedom run in East Park. More recently on Saturday 10th February 2018, he ran with us (16th finisher, 19:19, 80.93%) after making the pre-run announcements and then volunteered at Peter Pan juniors the next day.
At the RSA he commented that, parkrun will never be this small again, probably doubling over the next five years. This gives tourists plenty of scope! None more so, than megatourists Mark and Julie WEBSTER, who joined us straight from the ferry. Hull is the latest of their 152 events spread over 8 countries during 267 runs since June 2010, amazing! Young Alexander HARDING (U10) from Leeds is following their example. Alexander has completed 11, 5K runs alongside 27, 2K junior parkruns, covering 22 different events. Liane MANSFIELD from the North East has 16 runs against her name, made at 12 events, an early indication of dedicated tourism. Mike HARDING from the same area has visited 45 events whilst completing 61 runs, yet more enthusiastic touring. Adam PEARSON of Ludlow has visited 7 events during his 89 runs. John CHATWIN from Fountains Abbey has run at 6 events over 59 runs and was just 2 seconds away from his best bever time at 18:01. Alex WOHLING usualy runs at Cannon Hill, Birmingham and has visited 4 other venues in 52 runs. Sue MORTIMER visited from Northallerton, her 3rd different event in 27 outings. Aaron ROPER's 3 runs are all from diverse locations, London, Kent and East Yorkshire. Where will he go next? Daniel GODFREY from Kings Lynn has run at 4 events in only 9 outings. Alix HUSSAN from Horsham recorded 31:25, is his best time so far. Humber Bridge exile Robert WILKINSON has visited 6 events in his 139 runs, including Western Springs in New Zealand.
Congratulations to the milestone achievers, none of whom have taken up touring, never venturing far from home.
Mathew COGGIN, has made all of his 100 runs in East Park, beginning on the 25th January 2014.
Emma-Jayne BRACKSTONE celebrated her 50th run, (48 of them in East Park) with a 20 second PB, third in succession, giving a new best of 21:39. Emma-Jayne's first parkrun took place on 4th June 2016
Karen BOOTH made her first run in East Park on 16th August 2018, all of the next 49 were made here too.
33 of this week's 451 participants managed their best times in East Park. As always it is a difficult task to identify those to mention. Here is a random selection, hope the remainder are not too disappointed by being omitted.
Iona GLADWIN shaved 4 seconds off her time, down to 24:41 in her 93rd run.
Matthew BRAINBRIDGE has a raft of recent PBs, 9 in the last 12 runs, 31 seconds is his latest improvement, with a massive 8:04 overall, at 26:06.
Jenifer ROSS's latest improvement is a vital 4 seconds, but its 5:39 overall, in just 40 runs over the last year, making it 25:26.
Georgina NORTH is enjoying good form with 7 PBs in the last 10 runs. 15 seconds disappeared this week and10:33 since August 2016, down to 21:33.
Katie DIXON has improved by 8:53 over two years with 19 seconds this week
Dale BRIDGES reduced his time by 6 seconds, diown to 21:33 in run 26
Diane GREEN achieved her best time in a year by 33 seconds at 39:13.
Ellie MILLS found one vital second to give her a new PB of 22:36 an overall reduction of 2 minutes.
Debi JEPHSON found two vital seconds for her new PB of 2:27, an overall reduction of 2:27.
Ian MUDD has decreased his time by 5:44 since last July, 24:04 is his new best.
Rachael WILKINSON only began participating in September and has already improved by 5:13, down to 25:56
David LEAMING finished in 23:45 and Grace CORNFORTH in 34:56
Palindromic times were recorded by Charles MEACHAM 20:02, Martin BELL 24:42, Chris CHESTNEY 25:52, Katie DIXON 30:03 and Yvonne WARD 35:53.
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of change shift
Will you be volunteering soon?