Dog show, heat and the Ely Runners beginners – Justin Smith

Event 62, 24th August 2019
ER beginners

This week we shared the grounds around the Leisure Centre with a Dog Show, a big one! Amanda, our intrepid Event Director spent some time in the evening talking with the dog show organiser, as well as taking a look the night before. Of course, the organiser of the show and all concerned were lovely, and actions were taken to ensure the safety of parkrun participants as well as those enjoying the show! On the morning of the event the Run Director for the day decided that we would press ahead: the groundwork for this happy decision had been done by Amanda!

We were briefed by the ever-witty and parkrun-addicted Charlotte, who made sure we all knew what we needed to given we were sharing the grounds with others.

It was a special event today, as the most recent graduates from the Ely Runners Beginners’ course showed up to run, and they were supported by their coaches and plenty of club members: well done to them all! They have enjoyed many a PB of late! It has to be said, that for many of the participants of the most recent beginners course, the fact that they had already been running at Littleport must have contributed in some way towards their progress. Well done to all of them, and thank you to their dedicated coaches.

Extra marshals had been organised for the event given that we were sharing the Leisure Centre Grounds, and they did an amazing job with a big turn out, ensuring that there were no dog/ runner type incidents! As is often the case at this popular parkrun, the run down the path at the start was busy! Did I mention it was hot? We had the usual high number of children turn up today, which is amazing, as it is such a family-focussed event; and of course we had the usual dogs, who were no doubt watched by many a pair of canine eyes from the dog show on the grounds! As always, we should be grateful to the organisers and marshals!

Here’s the stats!

This week 224 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Lionel SMITH • Charlotte SYGMUTA • Debbie WILLIAMS • Lauren THOMAS • Trish MARSHALL • Zoe EVANS • Henry WRIGHT • Jon EVANS • Debbie FISHER • Kath GERIGHTY • Charlotte NEVISON • Paul MACLEAN • Jenny JEFFREYS • Amanda MURFITT • Martin LEWIS • Justin SMITH • Terry GERIGHTY • Alfie SMITH • Lewis SMITH • John MCGIVERN • Donna FLUDE • Cathy GIBB DE SWARTE • Liz HYSLOP • Clair Marie MACKNESS • Joanne KERRIDGE • Katrina MYERS • Belinda CRAMPHORN • Sarah LUND • James WOODMAN • Hannah SANDERSON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Littleport parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gill WOODHOUSE who recorded 84.09% (26:55) on 24th August 2019 (event number 62).

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,463 participants have completed 11,186 parkruns covering a total distance of 55,930 km, including 2,618 new Personal Bests. A total of 274 individuals have volunteered 1,387 times.