Daffodils, Easter chicks and bunny ears were the main feature of this week's run. With plenty of our runners getting into the Easter spirit and showing once again that parkrun is all about having some fun, whilst enjoying a run with friends around a lovely park.
With 50 first timers, (probably a record), the Spring has certainly inspired more of you to pop on your running shoes and join our regulars! This week, because of holidays, we had even more parkrun tourists than normal, with runners from Manchester, Colchester, Leeds, Ipswich, Oxford, Rutland, Bristol, Reading, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Market Harborough among others! Lovely to see you here in Lincoln.
This week the enthusiastic team of volunteers cheering, timing, issuing tokens, scanning and all the other behind the scene jobs were Livia Banks, Emma Banks, John Berridge, Louise Budgen, Larissa Cowen, Sally Cox, Jim Davies, Wayne Dennett, Mark Dungworth, Rob Gilfoyle, Penny Hall, Cathy Holman, Amy Mackenzie, Sandra Purdy, Keith Rossiter, Consuela Sackfield, Joe Stables, Benjamin Thackray, Jack Thomas, Rosalind Treadwell, Judith Williams, Mark Williams. Our thanks go to them all. There are still spaces available for future weeks, please help if you can - check the rota first HERE.
There was some excitement at the front of the field with first female Abbie Donnelly chasing down William Tucker in an attempt to be first overall finisher. After a big sprint finish William just held on at the line. Great running from you both well done. Close behind was Ivan Oxborough running as consistently as ever to finish third overall. The second female to finish was Cloe Hubbard. In total there were 357 finishers, (our 3rd highest turnout), with 62 achieving PBs. Full results can be found on the web site, click HERE.
Two more Juniors were running their 10th parkrun to qualify for the junior 10 club. Congratulations go to Lewis Budgen (JM11-14) and Toby McNeil (JM11-14). See you in your new t-shirts soon!
The familiar post run coffee and breakfast treats were in full flow at the bowls club again this week. With more new faces coming to join in, it is great to see how strong our parkrun community has become. The friendly chat and banter between parkrunners just adds to the fun we all have each week. With it being Easter Wendy kindly treated the junior runners to some Easter eggs as a little bonus - much appreciated by them. A few of the adults were suddenly trying to look much younger - bad luck!
Over 200 photos can be seen on the web site HERE. Huge thanks to Penny and Jack for providing so many different and interesting shots. Remember; if you take any pictures to add them to our Lincoln parkrun Flickr page for all to see.
We were pleased to hear this week that Keith, our event director, has been persuaded to re-consider his plan to step down at the end of May.
Results & stats
William TUCKER (JM15-17) of Grantham Athletic Club, was first over the line in 17:54 - first time in 3 appearances.
Ivan OXBOROUGH (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 18:03 - was first to finish once before.
Neil CONEY (VM45-49) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:23 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Abbie DONNELLY (SW18-19) of Lincoln Wellington AC, was first (second overall) over the line in 17:56 - 9th time in 9 appearances.
Cloe HUBBARD (SW20-24) of Newark AC, was second (14th overall) over the line in 19:06.
Niamh JACKSON (VW35-39) of Kirkstall Harriers, was third (30th overall) over the line in 20:23 - was first to finish once before.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Abbie DONNELLY (SW18-19) was graded 82.81% for the time 17:56 (second overall).
Neil CONEY (VM45-49) was graded 79.60% for the time 18:23 (4th overall).
Steven MCCONNELL-WOOD (VM55-59) was graded 78.48% for the time 19:45 (23rd overall).
This week there were 357 runners, of whom 50 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different athletics clubs took part.
Lincoln parkrun started on 16th November 2013, and since then 4,229 different runners, including participants from 282 athletics clubs, have completed 28,237 runs covering a total distance of 141,185 km, and there have been 6,511 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Sophie COWPER who ran in a time of 17:24 on 2015-08-15 (event number 85).
The male record is held by Matthew BOWSER who ran in a time of 14:54 on 2014-05-24 (event number 26).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter DUNCAN who recorded a 87.55% run (17:24) on 1st August 2015 (event number 83).