This is probably the toughest run report I’ve had to write due to recent events. With the announcement of football cancellations, I arrived at the venue to scenes of sheer pandemonium. There was severe panic in a small section of the crowd, as a handful of Aston Villa fans were finally coming to terms with their prolonged league table status.
In fact one Villa fan Gavin CLINTON (23:44) was up in arms. A rumour did circulate around the park that the fantasy football guru had been overheard in the café, saying he was contemplating ditching the claret and going Sky Blue.
Talking of claret…flustered red wine lover Rachael SHELTON’s credit card took a pounding this weekend as she ran her 149th parkrun (27:36 BADGERS). The ex 18-30 holiday rep was spotted in Kwik Save with innocent running colleague and undercover detective Sharon JACKSON (24:02). Both were issued with a banning notice after wiping the shelves clean of Blue Nun.
Event 336 attracted 3 less runners (333)…they do say 3 is the magic number. 3rd back today was certainly no stranger to these typing fingers. Regular Bedworth parkrunner and Hinckley RC supremo Dave MASSER took that title. (19:20)
It was a good day for the Leicestershire based outfit, as fellow Hinckley RC ace Matthew JOHNSON was first back with a quality 18:03.
Another local running club in fine form were Peel Road Runners. The speedy Rob MACE was second back greeting the bar code scanners in 19:12.
38 were savouring the occasion for the 1st time with 28 pocketing a new PB. 31 different running clubs were represented…an event made possible by 28 high vis volunteer heroes, who are always gratefully appreciated. Thank you to all that volunteered today including tail walkers Ian MCNAMARA, Amanda ARNOLD and Noel LAWTON.
Run director and “Leader of the pack” was the chiselled Tim GOULD. Huge credit to the core team especially in recent weeks. Precise planning and a little “in house initiative” have seen different course routes and last minute changes. A fantastic example of teamwork from a group that tirelessly dedicate their own time.
Katherine SNOWDEN had the distinction of being first female home (21:14 Tamworth AC).
Another name not lost on me is Claire Louise MARTIN. The Cobra RC athlete homed in on her impending 75th parkrun with a finish time of 23:01.
There was more success for Peel Road Runners, as Lisa STRETTON wowed the crowds crossing the line in 23:25.
During the summer at Kingsbury you can’t buy bug spray for love nor money…how times and the seasons change. In the current climate one struggles to even buy basic essentials. A special mention to Paul DANIELS (46:02) who had the biggest cheer of the day, after whipping out a toilet roll from his right sleeve on his 225th parkrun (I’ve missed this).
Now we know how parkrunners love to dress up. Sue THOULD had the right idea midweek with her cautious approach. The much loved volunteer and runner ordered a full body bee hive costume from flea bay (and wore a pair of gardening gloves from Wilkos).
Rachel WALKER rightly celebrated her 175th run (31:29), with 1st timer Valerie WYNN opting to toast her 125th parkrun at the water park (41:48).
The shackles were off for Zoe COPE (BADGERS 75th parkrun) as she took full advantage of her recent training regime (negative splits 27:47). Freestyler Gavin CROCKWELL also got in on the act on his 69th parkrun.
Philip NEALE ran his ½ century and did so in style with a new PB (21:26 Peel Road Runners). Peter BRADBURN shared the milestone registering a time of 25:40.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Jayne GRIFFITHS in the café after the event. It was clear to me how delighted she was to also complete parkrun number 50 surrounded by friends and family (34:12)
There were 25th runs for Amro MAAROUF (24:42) and Peter REYNOLDS (25:42).
3 participants chalked up their 10th milestone. Youngster Harry HICKS (33:33) was all the 3’s on his 10th parkrun (my lucky number). Young runner Robyn BIRDSELL (33:51) impressed, with Tim DYSON making it a clean sweep (25:16).
Ken ARCHER no doubt has his sights set on parkrun number 100, after safely completing his 99th (30:24).
It was “double delight” for one pair of winners. Jacob CHAMPION shone on his 1st ever parkrun (21:58). Mark CHAMPION was last seen walking across the car park with his collar up like Eric CANTONA after ringing the “PB bell” (27:33).
Several young runners all hit “PB stardom”. For those who haven’t already been mentioned, here is the roll of honour.
Thomas PRICE (25:52), Layla BURGESS (29:28), Teigan INGHAM (33:35) and Maisie HOWITT (35:34).
Elsewhere, Hinckley RC continued their weekend success, this time courtesy of Amanda KNIGHT (24:21 NEW PB). Regular Michael WYANT (BADGERS) was another to leave with “NEW PB” next to his name on the official results list (22:57). The popular Claire CARTMELL worked hard for a new best (31:00). An event which also saw local icon Paul OWEN feature (50:22).
A special mention to the supportive Michy’s Marvels who all looked so proud to wear club colours in the café afterwards and best wishes for the speedy return of the much missed Sharon WHITEHEAD.
In the week I posted pictures of me in Nuneaton with novelist and author George Eliot…we grew up on the same estate. Since I posted those images times have become more testing. I will conclude this weeks run report with 2 of my favourite quotes from a real talent.
“WEAR A SMILE AND HAVE FRIENDS…WEAR A SCOWL AND HAVE WRINKLES”
“IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN”