Nice Cold, Ice Cold - Parkrun
When writing reports I try not go on about the weather – but for parkrunners it’s an important aspect. So, dismissing my intention again, I start with the weather. Did anyone else look outside and consider going back to bed? I’m always glad that I don’t and despite being ‘nithered’ we saw a beautifully scenic East Park. A couple of icy spots around the lake meant some could compete for Dancing On Ice but hopefully everyone finished without injury and took care avoiding those slippery patches.
449 of us weren’t fazed by the chill and well done sideline supporters too! We often forget to mention friends and family that attend for moral support, but it does make a difference. We had 17 first timers with six completing your first ever parkrun. Unfortunately Humber Bridge parkrun was cancelled again but you’re all very welcome and hopefully you will get your home parkrun back soon. We saw tourists from Rothwell, Leeds, Oldham & Derbyshire and welcome to all visitors, we hope to see you back soon.
Finishers & Milestones
Our leading ladies start with Georgina WESTON who finished in 19:03 gaining her 9th time as first finisher at Hull. Seconds behind was Jodie MARTIN in 19:08 on her 12th parkrun. Regular top ten finisher Sally BENTLEY was in third in 20:38 on her 22nd parkrun. For the gents, unfortunately the first male was an unbarcoded runner but you finished in an impressive time. In second place and on his first visit to Hull parkrun was Stuart SPENCER in 17:31 – Stuart was on his 16th parkrun and is usually at Peter Pan. In third place was Oliver BURNETT who finished in 17:44 on his 184th parkrun – impressively for junior runner Oliver he is now running at his best, seven minutes faster than in 2011.
We have a massive eleven official milestones to celebrate this week – which is a celebration for everyone when there’s lovely treats on the go afterwards.
In the white t-shirt corner with 10 Junior Parkruns was Ella SHAW-HALL finishing in a superb time; Riley & Caitlin WILKINSON have barely missed a parkrun since starting in September and celebrate their 10th event. Emily TAYLOR hit a shiny PB on her last parkrun and now takes home her white t-shirt. Well done all.
Over to the red corner celebrating 50 parkruns we start with the man with the finish zone treats, Phillip NORTON who has ran here since July 2017 can now claim his first milestone t-shirt. Stephen TICHOPAD hasn’t parkran since February but has ran all his 50 at Hull – welcome back Stephen and hopefully this milestone gives you the motivation to keep running.
Onto the black t-shirt corner and three first century celebrations. With 100 runs all at Hull is Angela DUNN, she has been running since July 2017 but hit her fastest time this year. John GILL has been parkrunning since 2016 and now claims the black 100 t-shirt having ran 88 of his at Hull. Kate BLAMIRES not only scores a new milestone but she also secured a new PB this week too – well done on both Kate!
And finally onto the green corner and a massive 250 parkrun milestone. Sue & Phil DAVIES have both been parkrunning together here since 2014 and of their 250, 184 have been at Hull. Where else have they been on their parkrun journey? 53 other locations in case you are wondering. Well done guys, your achievement is inspiring others to keep going.
Quick mentions also to Stephanie ANDERSON reaching 150 parkruns this week while Paul FEWLASS hit his double century of 200 parkruns. Well done everyone and keep on parkrunning.
18 parkrunners relished the extra chill this week as they secured new personal bests. Well done to everyone who made this week’s parkrun, your best run – here are a few noteworthy successes;
Emma-Jayne BRACKSTONE completed her 49th parkrun in 21:59 with a new personal best in a patch of four during the past two months. Junior runner George BURNETT is also on a patch of PBs and scored his 6th since September by finishing his 148th parkrun in 21:38.
Matthew BAINBRIDGE was on his 56th parkrun with 32 of those at Hull. Not only has Matthew attained eight new PBs recently, he has reduced his finish time by almost eight minutes this year and in 26:37 this was his best anywhere time.
On his 38th parkrun was Peter ATKINSON and he went sub-30 minutes for the first time in October – he decreased his time again his week with another PB. John DICKENS finished in 28:16 which was his 3rd consecutive personal best on his 16th parkrun.
Kathryn BOOTYMAN-YATES visited Hull for the 2nd time on her 47th parkrun and secured a best anywhere parkrun time by finishing in 27:15. Pascal MARTINEZ PEREZ also managed a best anywhere parkrun time finishing in 22:15 on his 38th event.
And finally…regular volunteer Lucy BOWERS was on a PB mission and finishing in 45:29 she has now reduced her time by five minutes since starting parkrunning.