Welcome back to the delightful Kingsbury Water Park as we prepare for the 294th running of KWP Parkrun. The weather has decided to keep us cold but dry this year and we might see some quick times, mud permitting. The runners are gathering by the railway station and it looks like we’re in for a bumper field this time out.
Over in the corner we have FIRST TIMER’S BRIEF being supported ably by Lil Souter, with RUN DIRECTOR’S HORN being well looked after by Rich Benham. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TENT is a notable absentee today but there’s still time for SPECIAL MENTIONS to get, well, a special mention. Good luck to all those with a milestone or a birthday today. As always SNEAKING TO THE FRONT tries to get right on the start line, and it’s DFYB for everybody else. Over to the starters.
And with a 3-2-1 GO, it’s MAD RUSH making an early break towards the bridge. START THE WATCH follows just behind, but it’s a disaster for LOST MY GPS who doesn’t seem to know where he’s going. LEAD BIKE stayed well out of trouble and we hope for no spills there.
The rest of the pack charge across the line and we’re all away safely. Eventually. PARTY AT THE BACK and THE FI-RAH-RAHS complete the start, along with DEFINITELY NOT TAKING THIS TOO SERIOUSLY, who I hope I don’t have to mention too often.
Over the bridge and TRAFFIC JAM is finding it difficult to get going, DODGE THE CROWD has made a strong start and SLIGHT STUMBLE is in close attendance. We’re into the trees now and MIND THAT METAL POST makes an appearance here, watch out for injuries.
We’re already past the first km and it’s BLOODY SELFIE making a good run through the puddles and, as we approach marshal point 1, we see HIGH 5 for the first time. AROUND THE LAKE and STINKY BRIDGE make their move and as we cross the road for the first time, there’s HIGH 5 again at marshal point 2.
As we move through the narrow section it’s TAKING A BREATHER, from WATCH OUT FOR THE POO. HIGH 5 shows up yet again at marshal points 3 and 4, and then WHAT MUD surprises everyone at the corner. Along the straight heading for the two-mile point and THAT KM MARKER IS NEVER IN THE RIGHT PLACE pops up before yet again HIGH 5 turns up at marshal point 5. PARKRUN LEGEND is putting in another strong performance, and ON THE WAY BACK is looking strong with WATCH CHECKER and SWEATY VEST.
Into the final km now and it’s ANOTHER QUICK CHILD flying towards home and SPRINTED TOO EARLY is now starting to feel the pace. With 200m to go it’s FINAL BEND AHEAD making a big noise, surely a contender for horse of the year, and DETERMINED GRIMACE is battling it out with SIDEWAYS GLANCE. KEEP PUSHING is trying to stay strong in the home straight and as they dip for the line it’s a bunch finish with TIMEKEEPERS NIGHTMARE just ahead of KEEP MOVING, NEW TOKENS and DON’T BARF. RING THE BELL scores a massive PB but yet again LOVE PARKRUN is the clear winner! There’s still time for MASSIVE HUG to finish strongly, with PHOTO FRAME and TOKEN SORTER always popular runners. What a race!
Apparently there was some other minor horse race on the same day at a place called Aintree. Nowhere near as exciting as Kingsbury of course but apparently quite popular.
Our first finisher today was a KWP first timer, all the way from Aldershot, Farnham and District RC, Mike BOUCHER. Mike finished just ahead of today’s first Badger Danny WARREN, with Jason BROTHERHOOD coming in 3rd, all three finishing in under 18 minutes. First lady today was Esther MCCULLAGH, also a Badger. Congratulations to Rachael SHELTON, second lady and with a new PB too. Val CARTER was next home in her 166th parkrun.
Of the junior runners, first home was Joe WATTS who was 7th overall! Fantastic running from Joe who finished in 19:08. A big well done also to Mackenzie BLOXHAM in the 11-14 category who flew round in just under 20 minutes.
We had over 100 PBs this week, that’s over 20% of runners who got round KWP faster than they have ever done before. That’s an awesome effort from you all.
There were 2 runners earning their black t-shirts today. That’s 100 parkruns, in case you’d forgotten. First we have Michelle GREAVES who turned up in her own custom-made tshirt and brought cake too. Secondly Graham ENGLEY who charged around and arrived back in a whisker over 20 minutes. Well done to both of you.
There were some runners earning their red 50 t-shirts today too. Congratulations to Neil TAYLOR, Paul BURNS, Terry ARGYLE and Mark ROBINSON, with Mark guiding Ian MCNAMARA around the course again.
We’re well into race season now and good luck to everyone who’s doing a race this weekend or any time soon. Whether it’s 5k or all the way up to marathon and beyond the one thing we all generally share is a love for parkrun and everything that goes with it.
A quick shout out to the volunteers, without whom none of this would go ahead. From the core team to the marshals, timekeepers, course setter-uppers, lead bikers (who then still find the time to go and run the course!) and everyone else, a big KWP THANK YOU to you all.