The first Market Rasen Racecourse parkrun event of the 2020s sure was another cracker!
Car park marshal Frankie welcomed throngs of new parkrunners, returning regulars and tourists from far and wide to the Racecourse, and before the run briefing had started, it was clear we were in for one of our busiest events so far!
There were a fantastic 46 first timers in attendance, with tourists including Lottie Wilson and Robyn Wilson from Minippi parkrun in Australia: with Lottie running and Robyn volunteering as a marshal. Amongst the first timers at the Racecourse were 18 people who completed their very first parkrun, anywhere, we hope it will be the first of many!
We also had several runners completing milestone runs, with juniors Rosie Griffiths and William Ryland completing their 10th parkruns and regular pacing volunteer Sean Ashton his 50th. We look forward to seeing you all in your milestone t-shirts soon!
In total, there were 226 finishers at Event 55, that's the biggest ever winter attendance at Market Rasen Racecourse parkrun and the fourth biggest total we've yet had at any time of the year, it's great to see our event continuing to grow.
First of the 226 parkrunners across the line at event 55 was MRR parkrun core team member Andrew Reynolds in a time of 17:11, his 8th first finish so far at our course. There was a very close battle to be first female finisher, with former course record holder Sophie Wallis smashing her previous best with a big PB (17:40) and new F25-29 age grade record, just ahead of well-known local runner Natalie Farrow (17:42), who also set a new F35-39 age category record on her first visit to the event.
Second male across the line was Will Cooper in a new PB of 17:39, with third male finisher Adam Foster also setting a new PB of 18:42. The good conditions on the morning, with no water jump and a moderate crosswind helped no fewer than 36 participants to set new PBs, well done to everyone who set a new best time!
In the 'level playing field' age graded league, Natalie Farrow was top with 84.46%, followed by Sophie Wallis (83.77%) and Richard Conway (77.23%)
Full results can browsed, sorted and searched here:
In total, 23 hi-viz heroes made this week's parkrun event possible, if you'd like to lend a hand at a future event, please email: email@example.com it's loads of fun and full training is given. You can see the current state of the roster for future weeks here.
Thanks as always to our supporters; Market Rasen Round Table, Duckworths, PK Construction, Brianplant, Smiffys, Nicholsons and of course, Market Rasen Racecourse.