Event #313 got underway as the sun rose over Manor Park with conditions looking ideal for running. However, the 105 runners who took to the course this morning were soon greeted by a strong headwind as the route turned away from The Fairways and back towards the finish area for the first of three laps. Of the 105 finishers, 26 were first time runners at Mansfield, including; myself, Rich, and Sara who had made the 80 mile trip from Hull. The field also included 5 first time parkrunners, who I hope had an enjoyable experience and will become regulars to the event.
Despite the strong headwinds, 12 runners managed to record a PB. Congratulations to; Chris KILBURN, Paul ROBERTS, John BUTLER, Richard ADAMS, Joel ROBINSON, William TALBOT, Michael MORRIS, Lucy GILBERT, Amy GILBERT, Paul DAVIES, Melissa KIRK, and Carol WHYKE who all recorded their fastest times at Mansfield.
There were also two runners hitting milestones this week; with William TALBOT completing his 10th run, and Beata WOLOSZYN finishing her 50th run by volunteering as Tail Walker - congratulations to both!
Chris Kilburn (SM30-34) of Absolute Tri, was first over the line in 17:02.
Alex HOGGARD (SM25-29) of Selby Striders, finished second in 17:47.
Jim BROOMHEAD (VM35-39) (Unattached) finished third in 18:52.
Joanne KENT (VW50-54) of Barnet & District AC was first (10th overall) in 21:00.
Sara MORROW (VW45-49) of Selby Striders was second (15th overall) in 22:39.
Laura BOULTBY (VW35-39) of Notts AC was third (24th overall) in 24:37.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Joanne KENT (SW50-54) was graded 80.79% for the time 21:00 (10th overall).
Chris KILBURN (SM30-34) was graded 77.01% for the time 17:02 (1st overall).
Richard Christopher HARRISON (SM45-49) was graded 73.29% for the time 19:58 (7th overall).
A big thank you to the volunteers who enabled the event to go ahead;
Alex HOGGARD, Alexander HARVIE, Beata WOLOSZYN, Chalky WHITE, Garry CHECKLIN, Isabelle MATTHEWS, Liam PROBERT, Rachael CHADWICK, Rory MARRIOTT, Scott COLLIER, Steven LITTLE, Vicki HAIR, Wayne STAPLES.
With a special mention to Scott COLLIER who did a brilliant job on his first time as Run Director. If you fancy a go at volunteering, the roster for the next few weeks is on the website; http://www.parkrun.org.uk/mansfield/futureroster/ or you can email email@example.com.
Finally I'd like to thank everyone who welcomed us to the event this morning, and for allowing me to write this Run Report! We hope to see you sometime in the future (hopefully on a day when there isn't the headwind), when we return to attempt to beat the times we set today!