This weekend's run report has to be about numbers after an amazing weekend for distance running.
The overall number at parkrun dropped rather dramatically on Saturday with 277 walkers, joggers and runners taking part, 93 fewer than last week. Some no doubt put off by the weather but I know a number couldn't tear themselves away from the excitement building on their TV and laptop screens. Some of us may have found a solution to combining both events and were seen walking the course whilst glued to our phone screens!
So on Saturday the magic number was:
1:59:40 - Eliud Kipchoge - the first time anyone has run a marathon in under 2 hours.
To put this into perspective in our parkrun world he ran:
5k in 14:10 - Only FIVE of the 51,363,611 parkruns completed in the past 15 years have been faster than Eliud's pace and he was running another 7.4 parkruns after that, mostly at the same pace!
10k in 28:20 (28:25 - Elaine Gidman)
15k in 42:34 (42:21 - Marion Noble in her brand new 100 t-shirt, 42:43 - Mohammed Azam)
And on Sunday it was:
2:14:05 - Brigid Kosgei broke Paula Radcliffe's 16 year old marathon World Record
5k in 15:28 (only 2 people have ever gone quicker than this at Luton Wardown - Darren Deed who holds our course record of 15:00 and Ian Kimpton who ran 15:20)
10k in 31:28 (Bryony White with a new PB)
15k in 47:26 (47:01 Bex Webb)
To add to the numbers theme we had:
- 14 brand new parkrunners - we hope to see you again soon
- 39 awesome, and slightly soggy volunteers
- 50th parkrun - Peter Thornton
- 100th parkrun - Heidi Allen with a new PB.
Simon Bugg (with Missy's first run back after the heat of the summer and then a poorly leg).
Carly Straughan who was one of our original core team but has moved on to pastures new.
and Dave Thompson-Trace who finished 60th on his 60th birthday
We also had some aesthetically pleasing times:
22:22 - Patricia Cahill - first female finisher and a new PB, her 17th PB since starting running with us 6 months ago!
25:25 - Khaleel Miah doing his 8th run
34:34 - Andrew Kane doing his 2nd parkrun with a PB by 1min 24secs
And finally we had NO tokens missing.
So whether we take 14:20 to do a parkrun or 1:59:40 we all cover the same distance, we all do what we can - No Human Is Limited.
Dates for Your Diary:
October 19th - #TeamLuton takeover - it may be loud!
October 26th - Halloween Chase the Pacer - get the fancy dress ready!
November 30th - Chase the Pacer
December 21st - Christmas parkrun - more fancy dress opportunities