14th March 1520
The world is beset by perilous omens; storms and gales spread misery and destruction, an orange headed self-obsessive spins a web of intrigue and an all pervading pestilence crawls into everyone’s daily life. And it doth be widely said that there be sad mournful places where people live the life of the damned in darkness , seemingly without hope and with ice stabbing at their souls.
But enough about Earls Barton.
For verily there is light, there is hope – the run in the park is a constant, where smiley humans and excitable dogs gather in anticipation of running up muddy hills before the rain starts again. And pink liveried philanthropists give up their free time to clap and cheer the runners of the park to glory. But they all seem to be called Marshall for some reason.
And as ever they came from near and far, from Lewisham, Lincoln and Milton Keynes. 231 hardy souls traversing five of the K in the beautiful Irchester landscape. Naythan didst turn the corner of finality first, but he was on a wheeled carriage so does not count, instead, our hats have never been so doffed as towards the fleet of footed Neil Adcock, who finished in a time of 20:46. Similarly, moving as fast as panicked shoppers seeing an Andrex delivery, Lisa Russell was the first maiden home in 22.56.
Under the expert guise of ‘R.D. Mary’, tokens were freely given out, only to be taken back seconds later, which seems a little unfair. However the Irchester gong was bashed and Running Buddies’ members didst celebrate their Couch to 5k graduation with the cake known as Ginger.
God willing, the whole community will gather again following seven turns of the Earth, as sure as night follows day, sunshine follows rain and an untied shoelace follows ‘3,2,1 go’.
Certainty in an uncertain world. If you know anyone in Earls Barton, please tell them.
‘The Earl of Irchester’
as told to Matthew May - A2241180, (with a knowing wink to the village the other side of the Nene).
This week 231 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 73 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Alan MILLS • Mary Rebecca PEARSON • Daniel PEARSON • Naythan BELLAMY • Matthew MAY • Mark WALLACE • Judith KARIUKI • Gavin SIMPSON • Nicola BAKER • Ann PHILLIPS • Ruth Ann SHEEHAN • Harvey WILLMOTT • Clair WALLACE • Caroline DOBSON • Vinay JOSHI • David ROBERTS • Julia ROBERTS • Ray BURKE • Caroline COTTER • Jacob COTTER • Christopher MAY • Kevin BEAN • Christopher ABEL • Lee MOONEY • Karen MAY • Cheryl LEADBEATER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Irchester Country parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:35 on 28th December 2019 (event number 9).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:26 on 18th January 2020 (event number 13).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol BAKER who recorded 82.77% (21:52) on 7th December 2019 (event number 6).
Irchester Country parkrun started on 2nd November 2019. Since then 2,617 participants have completed 5,682 parkruns covering a total distance of 28,410 km, including 1,214 new Personal Bests. A total of 183 individuals have volunteered 595 times.