A new year

The first Saturday of 2016 was the first parkrun of the year for many but not for everyone, as a number of (fool!?) hardy runners had taken the opportunity to visit one of the New Years day parkruns that were organised up and down the country. Some even did two back to back parkruns yesterday! Various Mile End parkrun regulars headed up to Oak Hill park run (visit Mile End parkrun’s facebook page to see some familiar faces striking some funky poses https://www.facebook.com/mileendparkrun).
Back in the East End on parkrun Saturday, the first Mile End parkrun of the year was met with cold and wet conditions, but luckily it wasn’t raining by the time the run started. It was really great to see so many runners and many first timers too. It would have been very easy to put it off for a week and blame the Christmas indulgence or the weather on a no show.
There were lots of new faces at Mile End today and the furthest came from Brisbane, Australia. During the newcomer’s runners briefing after describing the course, the first timers were told not to worry about getting lost as speedy Mile End regular Joe is here and he would lead everyone out and that everyone would just follow him. A giggle was raised when it was mentioned what if he himself gets lost!
Two runners achieved their 100 parkrun milestones today, Ben who effortlessly runs pushing his buggy and young baby (thank you for the Haribo’s Ben! the runners loved them) and our regular parkrun junior Maddy. Congratulations Ben and Maddy, we look forward to seeing you run in your ‘100’ t-shirts. 110 runners completed the 5k course today, burning off approximately 300 mince pies, 15 kilos of Brussel sprouts and 4 bottles of sherry. 12 runners achieved a personal best too, so their celebratory drinks might need to be burnt off again next Saturday. Do visit again and break those pb’s! The full breakdown of today’s placings can be found below.
Thankfully we had plenty of helpful volunteers who with their cold hands and warm hearts made our first run of the year a lovely one. Three voluncheers gave up their time to help out at last minute to make sure we had enough support to make the event a success. Thank you Susan, Axel and Andy for doing this. Indeed thank you to all the volunteers who kindly gave up their time, without whom we would have no Mile End parkrun. If you would like to volunteer please visit the roster (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/mileend/futureroster/)
It’s our fourth anniversary in February so please join us on February 6th for a celebratory run.
Hope to see you again throughout 2016
Mile End parkrun event team

Male placings:
Joe WILLIAMS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:00 - 36th time in 118 appearances.
Matthew TIMMS (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:30.
Theodore CODE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:43.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Joe WILLIAMS (Unattached) 3276 pts.
Alexander James FERRABY (Unattached) 2757 pts.
Stephen PHILLIPS (Unattached) 2437 pts.
Female placings:
Rachel THOMAS (SW30-34) of Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC, was first (12th overall) over the line in 20:55 - 13th time in 26 appearances.
Chiara BORG (SW25-29) (Unattached) was second (20th overall) over the line in 21:59.
Szymirska ANNA (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (24th overall) over the line in 22:34.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Christina EASON (Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC) 3798 pts.
Victoria O'SULLIVAN (Serpentine RC) 3411 pts.
Tracey TAYLOR (Unattached) 3364 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Valerie DESBOROUGH (VW55-59) was graded 77.55% for the time 23:59 (40th overall).
Joe WILLIAMS (SM30-34) was graded 76.08% for the time 17:00 (first overall).
Ruby NAUGHTON (JW10) was graded 72.93% for the time 23:24 (32nd overall).
This week there were 110 runners, of whom 11 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.
Mile End parkrun started on 4th February 2012, and since then 4,225 different runners, including participants from 445 athletics clubs, have completed 21,846 runs covering a total distance of 109,230 km, and there have been 4,201 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Kathyrn PENNEL who ran in a time of 00:17:44 on 2013-07-27 (event number 78).
The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who ran in a time of 00:14:49 on 2013-08-17 (event number 81).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ros TABOR who recorded a 94.20% run (21:51) on 9th May 2015 (event number 171).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Mile End parkrun Results Page.