British bank holiday weekends are often associated with umbrellas, cardigans and the occasional anorak. The weather for event number 296 broke tradition, as open toed sandals, man crocs and Bermuda shorts were flying off the shelves faster than a Galaxy Easter egg.
I’m no Wincey WILLIS…but I will hazard a guess that todays event was the hottest in 2019. (made hotter by the appearance of local heartthrob Rich BENHAM)
604 parkrun lovers embraced the sunshine. 91 were 1st timers and 124 runners left with a new PB.
A big thank you as always to all the volunteers. (32 this weekend)
Fantastic work and huge credit to the core team. With pacers on hand and chocolate bunnies for all the young runners, the stage was set.
Run director Judy PARKES led the line, serenading the crowd with a mahooosive loud speaker.
In just 4 weeks time the event will be celebrating parkrun number 300…fantastic.
The 1st PB of the day belonged to Jason BURGESS. The Burton AC athlete powered home finishing first back in a quality 16:53.
Phil CLAMP had it nailed down, as the Tipton Harriers runner followed in an equally impressive 17:22.
With the 3rd place finisher unknown, 1st timer Ricky COLEMAN was the toast of Arena 80 AC, completing the circuit in 17:41.
The agile Olivia HARRIS had the distinction of 1st female finisher. (21:19)
Coventry runner Jane EDWARDS ran a new course personal best for Sphinx AC. (21:24)
Young Natasha LEE was 3rd female home much to the delight of Tamworth AC. (22:38)
Now the Easter Bunny (also called the Easter Rabbit or Easter Hare) is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs.
Originating among German Lutherans, the Easter Hare originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether the children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide. (honestly I surprise myself at times)
The young runners at Kingsbury are fantastic…here are our latest youth super hero parkrun PB’s.
Isaac CARTWRIGHT (21:27 Royal Sutton Coldfield AC), Joseph GORST (21:49 Tamworth AC), Alfie BARLOW (22:20), Joel CARTWRIGHT (22:53 Royal Sutton Coldfield AC), Eva CARTWRIGHT (23:24 Royal Sutton Coldfield AC), Evan MARSHALL (23:27), George HADDOCK (23:29), Holly CHILD (23:34 Cliff Lakes OCR), William PAGE (23:43), Libbie JOYCE (23:49), Evie FOREST (24:39), Owen WOODS (27:08), Daniel SLAUGHTER (27:11), Georgia COLEMAN (27:16), Robyn LEE (28:22 Tamworth AC), Henry BOWYER (28:55), Hannah JONES (29:39), Bobby WOOD (33:14), Jack HADDOCK (33:32), Elizabeth DRUST (33:44) and Lily PEGG (42:54)…Superb everyone.
On the subject of Easter and bunnies, how ironic that Danny WARREN was first BADGER back. (18:18)
Another furry symbol associated with Easter is the chick.
First timers Gary (25:03), Matthew (24:41) and Sarah (28:45) PECK all featured.
David BIRD ran 26:11 with Lisa SPARROW greeting the spectators in 34:41.
Vicki “Fowl”er…(sorry)…59:21 ran with debutant Steven MALE (58:59)
A proud moment as young Daniel MALE completed his first parkrun. (57:05)
29 that took part today feature next. All ran a milestone more than worthy of a mention.
1st timer Steven HAND (41:27) ran his 10th parkrun. The following also completed parkrun number 10.
Young Natasha LEE (22:38 Tamworth AC PB), Matt BAILEY (20:04 Macclesfield Harriers @ AC 1st timer), Christine MORTIMER (33:45 This Girl Runs – Tamworth), Lucinda CARDER (24:59), Gary ALLEN (25:11 PB), Peter STEPHENSON (25:17 1st timer), Neil GRIFFIN (26:21), Mandy PEARSON (27:09), Joanne ELLIS (31:34) and Liz ROBERTS (32:24).
Youngster Matthew BANKS (30:41) successfully navigated his 25th parkrun. Other runners achieving the same milestone were Alex RESTALL (21:20 PB), Helen LAWRENCE (31:27), Javier GARCIA (22:30 PB), Sarah ATKINS (31:27), 1st timer Carlitros CATALAN (22:55), Ben HALL (23:27 Lonely Goat RC), Simon HILL (25:05) and Andrew STATHAM (25:31).
Neil THORNE celebrated his 50th run. (32:54)
Ben DORKINS (22:22) and Isabelle DOHERTY (34:32) left with 75 runs to their name.
It was a day to remember in the Dennis household. Young Toby DENNIS was triumphant in run number 100. (26:51)
Bethany DENNIS remarkably hit the 125 mark. (30:21)…top achievements from 2 of the venues regular youth runners.
4 runners also joined the 100 club. Gale KING (31:35), Kay MOHANNA (34:03), Kwabena OSAYANDE (35:40 Bermuda Striders) and Michy’s Marvel Sally HATTON (30:49).
Elsewhere 1st timer Jazzy DREW was the fresh prince of Kingsbury, as he represented Beaumont RC. (25:17)
Real gone kid Jo SMITH ran her quickest time since 2017. The “Abba” of park runners stormed to a super trooper time of 23:35.
Musician and marathon trainer Claire WEBBER homed in on run number 200, as she ran her 199th parkrun in 30:58.
Popular Gemma FOLLIS (27:24) rightly so rang the PB bell, as did Ian JACKSON. (24:54)…in fact rumour has it that Ian spent so long ringing the bell, he left with it attached to his right hand. Wife Sharon (24:25) demonstrated her known attributes in a family clearly blessed with running talent.
Ashley I say Ashley Bullock featured. (PB 19:24)…he certainly didn’t see red and neither did Nick HERRING, as he too finished with an identical time for a new PB.
Garth COX is another regular often appearing on the volunteer roster. The Peel Road Runner made heads turn as he ran a new best of 22:25, as he closes in on parkrun number 50…Tom Selleck ran 19:43.
Mark ROBINSON fresh from his 50th parkrun appearance, ran with the returning Ian MCNAMARA.
Imran ALI (Sphinx AC 23:31), Leanne TURVEY (23:32), Chris BENNETT (23:47) and Ross FERRIS (24:11) all joined the PB club.
A Mohican is a haircut often referred to as a Mohawk. In the most common variety both sides of the head are shaven, leaving a strip of noticeably longer hair in the centre console. Glyn BROADHURST continued his form with a fashionable new PB of 18:21.
Paul COOPER warmed up for his first marathon (London) with his latest PB (31:38)
20/20 was a fruity drink reminiscent of my youth. Cameron BARNES no doubt raised a glass as he finished in 20:20 (PB). Another shifting through the gears is Leon MILLERSHIP, as he cruised to another best of 22:16.
A special mention to Lil SOUTER. If there was an award for sheer determination she would be up there for sure. To see how hard she worked for yet another PB made my parkrun. (24:21)
It wouldn’t be a Norm run report without mentioning Paul DANIELS. Next week I’m in Blackpool for the ½ marathon and I’ve always wanted to buy one of them “damn seagulls” baseball caps.
I’m gonna get an “I LOVE DANIELS” t-shirt and wear it to the next event.
Happy Easter all and have a fantastic bank holiday.