Event number 165
16th February 2019
For the uninitiated the weather today was a little dull, grey and misty, but those of the parkrun persuasion instantly knew that the not-too-warm, not-too-cold conditions were near perfect for a Saturday morning parkrun around the boating lake in Lydney. And so this week a very decent turnout of 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers to Lydney and the conditions helped an amazing 31 participants (over 23% of us!) achieve new Personal Bests. More on these later.
The parkrun today was made possible by 18 volunteers of whom we are all very grateful: Mark HARVEY • Jeremy CREASEY • Fiona CREASEY • Christopher Michael BARNES • David PRICE • Vic N' SKRUFF (AINS) • Kevin MCENTEE • Lucy CREASEY • Simon LOCKHART • Brian PRICE • Christine WORTHY • Chris RUCK • Sandra HAWKINS • Graham WORTHY • Bridget DAVIES • Stuart LODGE • Justine JONES • Emily DAVIES.
Our volunteers really are fantastic, and frequently go above and beyond in support of the event and ensuring that it is fun, safe and organised for everyone to enjoy. This includes ‘hidden’ roles such as baking cakes, replenishing teabag stocks, taking towels home to wash, and inspecting the course beforehand. Special thank you to Simon LOCKHART who forwent his run today to step in as emergency timekeeper. Remember that you too can volunteer – it’s fun, easy and enhances your parkrun experience. Just email us, message us on facebook or see us next week.
Now to some stats…First across the line today was Henry JONES who recorded a new PB with his time of 18:54 on his 4th outing at Lydney and 11th parkrun overall. Well done on your first sub-19, Henry, and for taking slot number 69 on our 500 fastest ever Lydney runs. Following Henry home was Charlie SMITH, who runs for Birchfield Harriers up in Birmingham and is in the Junior 11-14 category. Charlie’s time of 19:42 was hugely impressive, and a new PB on his 2nd run at Lydney and 60th run altogether. Third across the line was Paul STUART with a time of 19:52. Whilst we welcomed Paul to Lydney for the first time this morning, he is no stranger to parkrun with 117 runs under his belt, predominantly at Ashton Court which is in the shadow of Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
First female parkrunner home today, and 6th overall, was Em EVANS who recorded a new PB with her time of 20:02 on her 8th outing at Lydney of 9 parkruns completed. Your first sub-20 is surely within touching distance, Em – keep pushing! Talking of which, you were being pushed hard by Lily WILLIAMS who finished just 2 seconds later as second female and 7th overall in an impressive time of 20:04 on her 2nd run at Lydney and just 6th parkrun overall. Lily runs in the Junior 11-14 category. Third female across the line (and 21st overall) came Rebecca WARD with a time of 23:19. Rebecca is in the Junior 15-17 category, a member of Chepstow Harriers, and a true graduate of parkrun having completed 61 junior parkruns before 77 senior of which 12 have been around our Lydney course.
We welcomed 18 first timers to Lydney today, some of whom came from afar: Charlie and Andy SMITH travelled from Kingsbury Water parkrun, Rose HAYDOCK from Newark parkrun as well as visitors from Ashton Court, Thornbury, Burnham & Highbridge (which is south of Weston-super-Mare – I looked it up), and all the way from the Forest of Dean! Of those 18, a fabulous 5 were taking their very first steps on their parkrun journey. Standup, please, Paul KNIGHT, Rachael ROBINSON, Phoebe STONECHILD, Kim FLETCHER and Emily DAVIES and take your well deserved applause. Thank you for choosing Lydney for your first parkrun and I hope the leg muscles don’t ache too much tomorrow!
There were no official milestones today, but I note that our very own Claire LAVENDER hits the big 200 next time out. I for one am VERY partial to flapjacks – just saying!
Back to those personal bests. With 31 PBs recorded today, there are too many to list individually, but huge congratulations to every one of you. Perhaps it was the advantageous conditions, perhaps there was something in the water of our runners’ cups of tea this morning, but amazingly seven of our top eight finishing runners today achieved PBs (and the other was running at Lydney for the first time.)
Perhaps special mentions should go to Rebecca WARREN who is on fire at the moment with her second PB in two weeks, and Peter JOHNSON completing his 3rd run at Lydney of 55 in total with a new PB time of 36:30. Actually, Pete finds it hard not to register PBs with a surely nearly record breaking 44% hit rate! Also Atsuko BARNES who achieved her first PB since June 2018 with her time of 25:49 and Age Grading of 67.46% on her 80th run, and Becky WELLSTED who recorded a PB with her time of 40:11 on her 7th run. Oh, and a quick note to Elijah PEARSON…huge congratulations on your PB time today of 20:01 which earned you 5th place overall. Please, please find the time to print some more barcodes before next week. I’d hate you to miss out on recording your first sub-20 (which is surely just around the corner) because your dodgy barcode won’t scan!
Talking of barcodes, there were just 2 of you who were without theirs today, which as a percentage is not too bad at all, but I’d still love us to get to zero. Remember #DFYB.
On the Age Grading front, top of the tree was the afore-mentioned Lily WILLIAMS with 78.32% I told you that was an impressive run! Second was Graham WORTHY with 76.05% and third Walter LEACH with 75.65. Both Graham and Walter are stalwarts of Lydney parkrun having amassed 380 runs between them. Not much of a tourist, Graham is admirably dedicated to Lydney, with 59 of his 63 parkruns with us. His 6.35% tourist quotient is more than offset, however, by his 28 volunteer roles completed, giving a volunteer quotient of 44.44% (although I think I’ve just made that measure up!) Walter on the other hand is a triple silver level parkrun obsessive and something of a globetrotter with 20 tourist runs under his belt.
Thank you to everyone who took part today whether you walked, ran, jogged or volunteered. See you all next week!
Today's 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 2,913 participants have completed 17,001 parkruns covering a total distance of 85,005 km, including 3,051 new Personal Bests. A total of 315 individuals have volunteered 2,980 times.