On the weekend, when parkrun was helping to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD), I was staying in the Forest of Dean and chose to run at Mallards Pike, so I wore my purple 25 volunteer tee for the occasion. I have already run Forest of Dean parkrun and Mallards Pike was the next closest, as well as being a rare one-lapper and looked like it would be quite scenic. It was still in the forest, and I knew it would be drier under foot than some others.
En route in the morning I almost didn't make it due to some "Road closed" signs, but that's another story! I was not disappointed by the scenery, however I was totally unprepared for the long haul uphill for the first half of the course! My legs don't "do" hills, (even less so in recovery from injury), and I had to walk a lot and thought I was going to struggle all the way. I kept going though, with some encouraging words from both runners and marshals, and was rewarded with a lovely downhill stretch which I absolutely loved, and then flat until a very short gently hill before the run in to the finish funnel. The parkrun weather fairies did a great job keeping the rain away, as it started for a while not long after the event.
Perhaps fittingly on the day we celebrated IWD the first finisher today was a female, Claire O'Brien in 19:07, and out of a total of 134 taking part, there were 67 females and 64 males, plus several accompanying (and mostly very fast!) dogs. Lots of runners made memories of the occasion by having a photo taken with the #IWDparkrun selfie frame, and some #ThisGirlCan campaign t-shirts were given out.
I very much enjoyed my run at this well organised and friendly event, and afterwards I finished off a lovely parkrun morning with a coffee at the café looking out onto the lake.
This week 134 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Linda BELLINGHAM • Deborah TALBOTT • Jenny MACMULLEN • David POUND • Simon ROBERTS • Glenn HARVEY • Dawn POUND • Mark BAKER • Paul JONES • Emily CUMMINGS • Robert CUMMINGS • Sam IVINS • Susan DE-CAMPS • Tony MAY • Clare CURTIS • Joe KENNEDY • John LINDEN • Paul CUMMINGS • Fay CUMMINGS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mallards Pike parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Matthew REES who recorded a time of 16:56 on 21st September 2019 (event number 4).
The female record is held by Victoria BAKER who recorded a time of 18:37 on 1st February 2020 (event number 20).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rachael WHEELER who recorded 85.67% (22:20) on 12th October 2019 (event number 7).
Mallards Pike parkrun started on 31st August 2019. Since then 1,602 participants have completed 2,937 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,685 km, including 447 new Personal Bests. A total of 146 individuals have volunteered 414 times.