This week's report has been provided by one of our regular volunteers, Sue Jackson.
Normally I like to arrive at Killerton with plenty of time to warm up and take in the surroundings. This morning wasn’t quite as relaxed as I didn’t respond to my alarm call of 7:05 and went on to remain in bed until 8:05 - yikes! Luckily I had put all my kit ready the night before so it was almost a Wallace and Gromit moment of leaping into my clothes and leaving the house within ten minutes. No time for a cuppa or bowl of granola to fortify me for my run.
It was a rather mizzly start to the event and RD Jon Iacomino had to coax participants out from under the shelter of trees to gather at the start line for the briefing. Unsurprisingly, we were advised that the going would be muddy - we were just fortunate today that the wind and rain wasn’t severe as in the past fortnight. We were set off promptly as the stable clock was chiming nine o’clock.
Front field was extremely muddy and slippery and quite an effort was needed to stay upright. I’m not entirely sure if anyone else in the ‘field’ of runners fell today but one of our regular females had a mishap on the rough track after Cow Corner and Nigel’s field resulting in grazed knees, elbow and a cut to the hand. It just goes to remind us that it is easy to lose your footing when the course is in its current state. It was great to see how many fellow runners showed their concern both during and after the event. Two separate people advised our RD of the injured runner. Hope she will soon be feeling back to normal.
As you run or walk the route you begin to notice the subtle seasonal changes and this morning it was the profusion of wild garlic leaves that weren’t in evidence a fortnight ago. Definitely a harbinger of Spring. It won’t be long before we experience that garlicky aroma that isn’t from the curry you ate the night before!
One big milestone today was Emma Scrace doing her 200th event with 194 of them done at Killerton. Well done Emma and good to see you back here for your 200th. Only 5 PBs today reflected the state of the course. We had one pacer - Duncan Brown doing 27 minutes who was within 2 seconds of the pace! Brilliant pacing Duncan, thank you.
If your times are fairly consistent why don’t you be ‘more like Duncan’ and offer to pace as a volunteering credit? It’s a great way of volunteering and ‘giving back’ whilst still achieving your run.
It was a much smaller number of runners today with just 155 including 16 juniors.
Finally, we had a parkrun tourist at Killerton this morning, Elizabeth Czaban from Wales, doing her 99th tourist event at a 99th Parkrun location! It was Elizabeth’s 139th run in total. Good luck for your 100th at the 100th location, Elizabeth.
Here’s to some drier weather and less muddy Parkruns at Killerton.
This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Melanie GOSTLING • Lucy COMMANDER • Annie FOOT • Ray SUMMERFIELD • Ben MURRAY • Julie FINCH • Steve FOSTER • James WHILE • Andrew EATON-HART • Frances STEVENS • Sandie READER • John FOWLER • Abigail FOSTER • Rosie PICKERING • Charlie DIBBLE • Christy BERGFELD • Ali KERRIDGE • Geoff GIRDLESTONE • Olivia MILLER-RATCLIFFE • Lucy SIZER • Dawn WALKER • Peter SIMMONS • Teresa BOSENCE • Imogen GROVES • Sue JACKSON • Danni MEYER • Duncan BROWN • Jon IACOMINO • Alex INGHAM • Gary HEATHCOTE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Killerton parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lucy HASELL who recorded a time of 17:44 on 31st March 2012 (event number 49).
The male record is held by Tom MERSON who recorded a time of 15:23 on 6th July 2013 (event number 114).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 92.07% (18:55) on 18th July 2015 (event number 218).
Killerton parkrun started on 30th April 2011. Since then 14,084 participants have completed 104,848 parkruns covering a total distance of 524,240 km, including 17,121 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,049 individuals have volunteered 8,817 times