****Bring & share for the Lloyd parkrun Anniversary celebration NEXT SATURDAY, 19th October****
The middle of October and we’re definitely in autumn rather than summer now. Thankfully the threatening rain mostly held off, with the very lightest of showers not sufficient to move barcode scanning into shelter. Cool for standing around, it was warm enough while running (as I discovered for myself a little later in the day running in a team cross country race for my club, Striders of Croydon). Ground conditions were definitely beginning to get muddy, and one visitor went full-length in the mud on the turn up the hill – but commented that it had at least been a soft landing!
With both the women’s and men’s Surrey League cross countries being held in the afternoon, and several other races such as the Royal Parks half-marathon on the Sunday, as well as the unfriendly-looking weather earlier in the morning, our numbers were down slightly, with 191 human finishers. We welcomed five first-time parkrunners and 18 first-time visitors to Lloyd parkrun. Today’s ‘longest distance visitor’ note goes to Rob Thomson, visiting from South Africa, with honourable mentions to those from Jersey, Worcester, Wakefield and Tring – nice to get a return visitor, after I volentoured there in August before running the Ridgeway 86.
We were also visited by Matty Sinfield and a group of friends on “Matty’s M.S. parkrun Challenge”. Matty is running parkruns chosen letter by letter to spell out “multiple sclerosis” (Lloyd was chosen for the L in ‘sclerosis’) and raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society – you can read more and make a donation if you wish at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matty-sinfield.
While we and many thousands of other parkrunners were starting our weekly parkrun, in Vienna, running history was being made: Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon, 26.2 miles, in 1:59:40 – an amazing 20 seconds under the 2-hour barrier. This is not a new world record (he holds that, at 2:01:39), as it was run under special conditions, and having finished, Eliud was quick to thank all the pacemakers who had run with him and helped make it possible. However, his run has proved that it is humanly possible to run the marathon in under 2 hours – amazing! (And a new women’s world record of 2:14:04 was set by Bridget Kosgei at the Chicago marathon the following day, breaking Paula Radcliff’s 16-year-old record of 2:15:25 set in London in 2003).
Meanwhile, at Lloyd parkrun, 11 people defied the conditions to run a Personal Best, so congratulations to Kobi Blake, Maanik Manchanda, Oscar Pegler, Tom Goulding, Eryk Trus, John Kirby, Gerard Scanlan, Gordon Poon, Andrew Ralphs, Ramesh Navaladi and Suzanne Donnelly!
Neil Reissland led on age-grade, with 79.97%, while Graham Hansen, Barnaby Gray and Jennie Butler were also all well over 70%.
First back to the finish funnel was Jonathan Pontin (Ravens) in 18:50, followed by Neil Reissland in 19:13 and Barnaby Gray (Farnham Tri) in 19:57. For the women, Jennie Butler (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) ran home in 21:45, 10th overall, with Zoha Jetha second in 24:52 and Patroulla Lorke (Emmanuel Runners) third in 25:01.
As always, the parkrun was held thanks to the efforts of a number of marvelous VOLUNTEEERS. This week I was Run Director and the volunteer team included Lisa Castle, Suzanne Donnelly, Martin Donnelly, Paul Elliott, Nick Fiander, Dan Forrester, Marcelo Kern, Tina Laws, Paula Lincoln, Jonathan Long, Robert Mccann, Lorraine Saunders, Trevor Stotten, Ian Taylor and Stephen Tyler. Many thanks to everyone who helped to pack everything back into the storage cupboard – and to my husband Aidan Dixon who did most of the washing up of water cups!
See you next week to celebrate our 9th anniversary!