Huge thanks to James White of Winchester parkrun for writing this week's excellent run report below. We hope you'll be back for another visit again soon James.
Thank you as always to everyone who makes this brilliant, and increasingly popular, event take happen. All the volunteers did a stellar job (especially the bakers)- thank you! & several visitors to Lanhydrock were able to go home with a 'parkrun apricot' balloon at the end of the day. See you all again soon - Alice, parkrun Run Director for 21-01-2017
Happy Birthday Lanhydrock parkrun! It was lovely to visit you on such a special occasion and meet the wonderful team of volunteers that make it all possible. In the past three years you have put on 157 parkruns and have seen a total of 21,294 finishers. That is 106,470km run or 2 and two thirds times around the world! Simply phenomenal!
Today's birthday was celebrated by runners being encouraged to wear funny hats. As it was freezing most of the runners were wearing some form of headwear anyway but the most amusing for me was tail runner Eldred who was wearing a pink animal hat donated by one of his grandchildren (who thought it was hilarious!).
The first timers briefing was given by run director Alice and it was great to see so many first timers and tourists there. parkrun is really expanding and we are so fortunate to have do many available to us, and the partnership with the National Trust means there are some stunning venues, like Lanhydrock, to run at.
The run briefing and prize ceremony were also expertly delivered by Alice, who struggled to make herself heard over the cacophony of dogs who were clearly excited to get running!! It wasn't long before we were lined up and the 3,2,1 was given and we were off!!
Before running Lanhydrock I consulted friends who had run the course and the parkrun discussion forum and parkrun Tourist groups on Facebook to get advice as to what to expect. The key words were "hilly", "beautiful", "scenic" and "brutal" and it is hard to disagree with any of those!
Running down the initial hill it is hard not to stop and admire the beautiful house that sits in the grounds we were running in, but it wasn't long before the work started. The little hill that leads up into the woods from the house is just a taster of what is to come later. On cresting the hill I found myself running downhill for what seemed like an eternity. Twisting through beautiful woodland, with snatches of views down into the valley. Running trails alongside fields before plunging downwards once more.
Eventually we reached the only flat section, which was alongside the idyllic River Fowey. I stopped to take some pictures but also to get my breath back before the push up the hill towards the finish.
As the road turned upwards I settled in to a steady pace, knowing that we had come down so far meant I was prepared for how far we had to go back up. Turning off of the road and into the fields I could almost see the finish, but the push up the final stretch of hill was too much and I, like so many others, resorted to walking it. We were soon back on a road up towards where we started and I got my legs going for one last push.
The stretch down the hill and into the finish was super quick and I crossed the line knackered but entirely satisfied! What a course and what a lovely group of people to run it with. Everyone was so supportive all the way round and it was amazing to see the number of kids flying round the course...definitely runners to look out for in future.
No birthday party is complete without cake and this was no exception. Loads to chose from at the finish...and I went for a lovely cherry cake. Thank you to who ever made it! I headed up to the cafe and had a great cuppa and a bacon bap. I also had a long chat to fellow tourist Yvette, down from Taunton for the day. We unanimously agreed that it was a beautiful but tough course.
I am fortunate enough to have run 120 parkruns but I will long remember today as one of my favourites. Thank you Lanhydrock you were EPIC!
parkrun could not function without it's volunteers, and this week's hi-viz heroes were:
Alan HUGHES • Alice BARKER • Angie WILLIAMS • Calvin MUDD • Eldred HICKS • Fran VOSPER • Kerri ROWE • Mia KING • Nicola VOSPER • Pam SOLOMON • Rachel MCEVOY • Ron BARRETT • Sam CLEEVE • Tara BRENTON • Thomas ROWE
If you haven't volunteered before please consider doing so. It is very rewarding and is a treat way of giving back.
Andy TRUDGIAN (VM45-49) of St Austell Running club, was first over the line in 19:42 - 5th time in 103 appearances.
Chris BRENTON (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 20:28.
Tim MCEVOY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:58.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Calvin MUDD (Canicross Cornwall) 100 pts.
James WHITE (Westbourne Running Club) 100 pts.
Eldred HICKS (Bodmin Road Runners) 100 pts.
Vicki SPARKES (SW30-34) of Bodmin Road Runners, was first (26th overall) over the line in 24:45 - first time in 40 appearances.
Katie WATSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (30th overall) over the line in 25:28.
Katie SKEA (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (32nd overall) over the line in 25:45.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Alice BARKER (Bodmin Road Runners) 100 pts.
Vicki SPARKES (Bodmin Road Runners) 100 pts.
Sam CLEEVE (Unattached) 100 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Andy TRUDGIAN (VM45-49) was graded 72.50% for the time 19:42 (first overall).
Phil ALDIS (VM55-59) was graded 68.96% for the time 22:17 (11th overall).
John HORTON (VM70-74) was graded 68.76% for the time 26:18 (37th overall).
This week there were 220 runners, of whom 50 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different athletics clubs took part.
Lanhydrock parkrun started on 18th January 2014, and since then 6,092 different runners, including participants from 706 athletics clubs, have completed 21,294 runs covering a total distance of 106,470 km, and there have been 4,321 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Emily PROTO who ran in a time of 00:19:38 on 25th October 2014 (event number 40).
The male record is held by Dan RODGERS who ran in a time of 00:16:23 on 11th April 2015 (event number 64).
The Age Grade course record is held by Maureen LANEY who recorded a 85.83% run (22:56) on 6th August 2016 (event number 133).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lanhydrock parkrun Results Page.