Event number 172
6th April 2019
This week 146 people ran, jogged or walked our Lydney boating lake course, a slightly above average attendance partly due to the late cancellation of Severn Bridge parkrun, and partly due to the 15 very welcome visitors from Pershore Plum Plodders (see picture below courtesy of Tom MARSHALL.) PPP members normally run at Worcester parkrun (their closest), but like to take in a tourist run every 4th Saturday. We hope you enjoyed the morning as much as we enjoyed hosting you - come back and visit us again soon.
Visitors from Pershore Plum Plodders
This morning's event was made possible by the 20 volunteers listed below. Huge thanks to all of you:
Jim STORRAR • Kate BURKE • Jeremy CREASEY • Fiona CREASEY • Christopher Michael BARNES • Stewart WATKINS • Rhian MAW • David PRICE • Ali ASSIRATI • Rebecca WARREN • Lucy CREASEY • Louise JONES • Brian PRICE • Seth PETERS • Nicola MILLIN • David ARENDELL • Rick WARREN • Logan ARENDELL • John PLEWS • Chloe WHATLEY
Lydney parkrun volunteer stalwart, Sandra HAWKINS, was not well this morning and we all send you our very best wishes and hope you make a speedy recovery. Many thanks to Kate BURKE for stepping in at short notice.
If you too would like your name in lights and the eternal gratitude of a sweaty bunch of runners then message us on facebook, email Lydney parkrun, or just come and see us next Saturday morning.
There were 22 first timers among our numbers today, of whom 12 were from Pershore Plum Plodders (welcome back to the other 3!) and just one was running his first ever parkrun. Very well done on your first run Dan HAIGHWAY, and you gather another mention a little further below...
We also celebrated a couple of milestones this morning. Jak TURLEY, who runs in the Junior 11-14 category celebrated his 10th run, and is now eligible to claim his white tee shirt, and Snezana RADOJICIC completed her 100th parkrun. Fabulous stuff Snezana, and look out for that black tee shirt email anyday soon.
Whilst checking on the milestone data, I couldn't help noticing that David JENKINS clocks up 200 next time out (if you join us rather than the forest, David, remember flapjacks are our favourite!) Plus a potentially unique parkrunning event next time: George STUBBS, Daniel STUBBS and Harriet STUBBS are all currently on 99 runs. Has a triple family centenary ever been celebrated before I wonder?
Now, some stats, starting with male parkrunners today:
1st over the line was the aforementioned Dan HAIGHWAY, stopping the watch at an impressive 20:26 on his debut parkrun. Dan, that time dropped you straight in at #242 in our all time top 500 times, and runners now need to clock sub 22:19 to get on that leaderboard. This Run Director was pushed off the bottom long ago...! 2nd home came James NELMES in 20:58. James runs for Forest of Dean AC and was completing his 9th run at Lydney and his 11th parkrun overall. 3rd male home, and 5th overall, was Graham WORTHY in an impressive time of 21:48. Clearly on a roll at present, this was just 3 secs off Graham's PB, which he set only the week before last. This was his 66th outing at Lydney of 70 parkruns overall.
Of the female parkrunners today, 1st home and 3rd overall was Rebecca WARD in an impressive time of 21:44 - her fastest this year. Rebecca runs for Chepstow Harriers and was completing her 15th parkrun with us and 81st overall. 2nd female, and 4th finisher overall, came Claire WILSHAW of St. Radegund RDC of Cambridge in a time of 21:46. St. Radegund RDC is a new one on me (you are the first and only runner we've ever had at Lydney from that club Claire). I wondered what the D could possibly stand for (district? development?), so I looked it up. Well I never...it's a Running and Drinking club! Sounds very much like this RD's type of thing I have to say, after all I love a nice cup of coffee while you are all off plodding around our boating lake!! I also noticed, Claire that you are now just 4 tourist visits off your 1/4 Cowell. 3rd female home, and 16th overall was Charlotte JONES in a time of 22:59. Also a first timer to Lydney, Charlotte was running her 110th parkrun, the vast majority of which have been at the lovely Cannon Hill parkrun in Birmingham.
20 of you (over 13% of today's attendance) recorded new Personal Bests. A very well done to every one of you - it's a fantastic achievement. I'm sorry there are too many to list everyone by name, but a few have particularly caught my attention. Congratulations to Karen TOMKOTOVICZ (32:14) and Trevor CLARKE (24:43) who were both part of the Pershore Plum Plodders party pictured above. Trevor, for reasons which were not explained, was also weighed down by a teddy bear on his back. High five to Nick LOCKHART (38:46) who achieved his first PB since Jan 2018. A hearty slap on the back to Bob TURNER (25:45) who I notice is a big traveller in his 172 parkruns completed. Your Tourist Quotient, Bob, stands at an impressive 56.98% with an amazing longest tourism streak of 29 parkruns. This brings you to just 2 away from achieving the coveted Full Cowell! Finally a Hollywood Handshake to Sharon HICKS achieving a PB with us today of 25:45 on her 213th parkrun. Sharon, who is a member of the fast-growing Lonely Goat RC, has a p-index of 5, one of the highest I've ever seen. (For the uninitiated, your p-index is the number of parkruns run at least that number of times - so Sharon has completed 5 different parkruns at least 5 times each.)
Finally, let's take a look at the Age Grading for today. Top of the tree was Graham WORTHY with 76.91%, 2nd Jan MORRIS with 72.56% and 3rd Rebecca WARD with 71.32%
Representatives of 12 different clubs took part today. Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lydney parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Scott CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 16:56 on 14th May 2016 (event number 20).
The female record is held by Jane EVANS who recorded a time of 18:01 on 15th April 2017 (event number 69).
The Age Grade course record is held by Teresa TRANTER who recorded 85.59% (24:03) on 22nd October 2016 (event number 43).
Lydney parkrun started on 2nd January 2016. Since then 3,039 participants have completed 17,938 parkruns covering a total distance of 89,690 km, including 3,203 new Personal Bests. A total of 321 individuals have volunteered 3,100 times.