Event Number 408 – Kings Lynn Parkrun
Today I chose to run at Kings Lynn as am stopping in the area to celebrate my 43rd Wedding Anniversary with my wife. We both love Norfolk and I am a parkrun addict so since I attended our start-up at Peterborough have rarely missed a week. Today will be my 304th and of my 61 visits away from Peterborough have visited this friendly run 12 times now. Must admit only ever had one really good PB in September last year so felt able to ring the bell on that day. Made me feel even happier to share my joy. Unfortunately nowadays PBs not a consideration only course completion and keeping an age grading above 60% if I can. They are enough to motivate me to maintain my mobility and see friends with the ‘holy grail’ milestone of 500 on the distant horizon. Lol
Mind you being nostalgic I reminisced with some Kings Lynn locals and established that way, way, back in time on 10th September 2011 an intrepid group of runners first ran at Kings Lynn. On that day 61 achieved course completion with times ranging from 17.30 to 41.26. That day there were 28 men and 33 women. There were just 9 volunteers.
Fast forward to today and you can see how the event has grown in stature both in terms of numbers and inclusivity. Now we have completed 408 events with an average attendance of 200. Today 316 completed with times ranging from 16.59 to 57.52. Today there were 182 men and 134 women. Today nearly 20 additional volunteers were needed to ensure the smooth running of the event
Interesting to note there are some runners and some volunteers on both todays list and on the first. Wow what dedication and love of parkrun they must have. Well done to you all.
I found 8 people who took part in the first event and 2 of them have become a major part of the events success Fabia Pollard and Gary Walker. They both are noted for their volunteering work so it was good to see both have a run today. However Gary was still volunteering as a pacer to help others on his way back to fitness after injury and on the first event Fabia was a volunteer. It was also interesting to note that today’s first over the line, Matt Pyatt, only managed 4th place on that inaugural run. All the others who appear on both lists are lady club runners with Pauline Sparrow and Sue Smith from Ryston Runners, Beryl Barber and Liz Thomson from Lynnsport Ladybirds and Sophie Tarsey from Renegade Runners
As a person who doesn’t drive am reliant on friends or public transport. If buses ran earlier from Peterborough am sure would have done a lot more than the 12 so far. In fact have often stayed at the Globe with my wife for the weekend, run this parkrun, then visited Hunstanton as we often did with the children in the past.
Have always found this a friendly run and have always been impressed by the speed of result publication as often had these not long after finishing my coffee at the café in ‘The Walks’.
It came as a bit of a shock to me when I learnt that the course had recently been changed and the distance confirmed to be just slightly over 5k. Apparently the ‘old course’ was a little under so today was one of a few alternatives being trialled to give more accuracy.
Having enjoyed both meal and drinks the previous evening I was expecting a ‘get round ok’ parkrun as opposed to a good time. I was very fortunate today to have an efficient pacer running 30 mins, Gary Walker. Early on I lost contact but the metronome pace enabled me to up my effort in the latter stages and get below that time. Many thanks Gary.
The course change had no real effect on the first across the line as Matt Pyatt (Renegade Runners) went over in 16.59 for the 172nd time at this venue. He was 1.48 in front of the 2nd who was Jessie Tierney (Unattached) but he was well pleased as he got his new PB of 18.47. Only 7 seconds behind in 3rd place was Jacob Kelman (Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds)
In fact it was a good day for Renegade Runners as they had both the 1st and 3rd lady as well as the Overall first over the line. The ladies were led home by Sally Lynn Hurst (Renegade Runners) in 17th place overall with 20.58. She was followed in 2nd place and 34th overall by Debbie Schwarz (West Norfolk AC) with 22.44 and in 3rd place by Lisa Pyatt (Renegade Runners) with 22. 57 in 40th place overall.
Today we had 34 shiny new PBs and these were obtained throughout the field and amongst many age groups from Jessie Tierney (JM15-17) in 2nd place to Alison Trudigan (VW45-49) in 310th place. They also ranged from Jessie Tierney (JM15-17)) up to Pauline Stevens-Smith (VW60-64).
We had 17 first timers today with 12 actually doing their very first parkrun. We hope you enjoyed this event and will come back again soon.
We had one person achieving the 50 Milestone today namely Michelle Howlett. We also had an ‘unofficial’ milestone that deserves a mention as John R Turner achieved his 200th today. Well done to you both.
On the age graded sort only one athlete got over 80% and that was Matt Pyatt with 81.55%. However two others got over 75% with Laurie James getting 76.84% for achieving a time of 22.27 in the VM (65-69) group and Kennie Addis getting 76.58% for achieving a time of 19.34 in the VM (50-54) group.
Today the age range was from under 10 to over 70 and the time range was from 16.59 to 57.52. The one thing all had in common is that they achieved the completion of a 5k distance using the parkrun principle of inclusivity where the objective is to maintain fitness and mobility by walk, run or a combination of both.
In the run itself I was saddened to see we had 16 occurrences of ‘Unknown runner’ so all of these will have no record of the days run and this reminds all……..#DFYB.
As always I thank the volunteers for ensuring the continuance of the event and ask all to consider how they might help. Am sure if you speak to Gary, Fabia or any other members of the team they would be pleased to discuss how you might help. Then it’s up to you to decide when you are able.
If you too would like to help then please email email@example.com. If you’re not sure what positions are available then you can check the roster on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/kingslynn/futureroster/ for up to 6 weeks in advance. Let’s see if we can fill up some of those spaces nice and early.