LINCOLN PARKRUN RETURNS!
It's come home. 70 weeks of hurt. False start. Double wave.....
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys, girls, parkrunners all. WE ARE LINCOLN PARKRUN AND WE ARE BACK.
Oh, how good does that feel! Yes, the core team met at 7.10am, our earliest ever start. We checked the course, brought out the kit, met our most awesome team of volunteers and set up al the equipment. Much had not changed, and some essential changes had been fitted into the processes, most notably, all volunteers used their own smartphones rather than parkrun provided watches or scanners.
But firstly, one big change: a planned retirement from the core team. Pat left us during lockdown (and can now be found in an NHS uniform) and so we wish him the very best of luck, good fortune and our love. Many thanks for all your support Pat, pop back when you can!
We also welcome Mark as one of our Run Directors. Mark had served with us a few months before moving south, but is firmly back in Lincoln and already providing his expertise, humour and hopefully, next week's coffee and biscuits while we process the results!
So, at 8.50, Jim picked up the microphone, and with a cheeky smile, called out, "Hello Lincoln!" for the first time in 70 weeks. Oh, how good that felt! Peter welcomed some new starters, and Louisa took over with the formal pre-run briefing.
The start has to be narrow for the forthcoming months, but that didn't phase anyone - with a smile and a space everyone, perhaps slightly nervously, lined up behind the start line, ready for that faintly memorised announcement,
3 - 2 - 1 - GO!
The parkrun took its usual feel - a few spectators and the volunteers lined the finish area, cheering runners and walkers on the first laps. Will led the field out and appeared as if he could never be caught. Lewis gave chase, and with a PB could well catch him in the coming months.
After an hour, 348 people finished, 36 of them first timers! So a massive welcome and well done to:
Alastair SIMSON, Alex FLYNN, Barry SKINNER, Cailean MCLEAN, Charlotte MCMILLAN, Chris COVELEY, Courtney DENTON, Daniel BROOKS, David EMERSON, Denise LOCK, Ella JENKINS, Evie MILLOTT, Gareth SPEED, Heath MILLOTT, Ian KNAGGS, Jake SPEED, James PEPPER, Joe BATEMAN, Joe WILSON, John RADLEY, Kevin SCRIMSHAW, Lewis HULL, Linda FROGGATT, Maureen ALDOUS, Natasha BURNS, Neil BUCK, Neil DARBY, Peter SMITH, Richard CHARLES, Sean OBRIEN, Sharon REANEY, Steve NEILL, Sue CHAFER, Thomas BEAN, Thomas PEPPER, Tony HARRISON.
We also congratulate the following people for their most eagerly anticipated milestones (!):
Junior 10: Jack CODD - well done on the PB too!
50: Asa FATCHETT-LAWRENCE, Tim WALKER, Rachel HOCKNEY
100: Ian SPRIGG
And also congratulations to two "young" gentlemen who beat age category records:
VM80-84 Jim EDWARDS
VM65-70 KIRK WILKINSON
(and remember, these records cover all age groups - so whether you're a 14 year old boy or a 70 year old lady, you just have to beat those the same age as you!)
And happy birthday to everyone who's had a birthday since we last ran. Yeah. We know. That's everyone!
We'll be back on Saturday - New Runners' briefing prompt at 8.50am, main briefing prompt at 9.00am. See you then!
Louisa, Andy, Mark, Jim
Event number 319: 24th July 2021
This week 348 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 54 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 38 volunteers:
Stu BLISSITT • Andy FURNELL • Jim ARAM • Sarah WASHBOURN • Mark NOTT • Shirley DEVLIN • Louisa DENNETT • Samantha NOTT • Andy M JONES • Sam C JONES • Trish GROVES • Helen SEGEBARTH • Eleanor GARBUTT • Penny FATCHETT-LAWRENCE • Katie STARK • Spencer CREEK • Lester CRAVEN • Alice CARTER • Stan BARBER • Sarah HARPER • John KILCOYNE • Eileen PEARSON • Jim DIAMOND • Helen CREEK • Jack BALCHIN • Caroline HARRISON • June BRAMMER • Peter WARD • Will NICKELL • Penny AINSLEY • Paul REES • Sarah HARPER • Jules MCGINN • Mike KEAL • Sally MILNES • Sam BRETT • Barbara MCBRIDE • Sophie THORNDIKE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lincoln parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who recorded a time of 14:54 on 24th May 2014 (event number 26).
The female record is held by Abbie DONNELLY who recorded a time of 16:54 on 21st September 2019 (event number 292).
The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 95.13% (24:37) on 8th October 2016 (event number 144).
Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013. Since then 12,442 participants have completed 108,112 parkruns covering a total distance of 540,560 km, including 19,025 new Personal Bests. A total of 893 individuals have volunteered 7,313 times.