Myrtle parkrun 22 December 2018

Well, I was out on the course this week and can definitely confirm we have an interesting and challenging parkrun - and the BEST EVER marshals!. I really enjoyed the climb up from the bottom field and reaching the cenotaph to see the front runners charging back down the hill. Despite being at the back of the field (I was THAT one with the running buggy - I run with my daughter, Zara) it never felt like I was very far away from the hub of the parkrun buzz. And I LOST count of the number of 'well done', 'keep goings' and 'good works' I got as people lapped us - it was significantly more than at any other run I've done. I'm so excited to see how our little parkrun will grow over the coming year, as there is no doubt we've got great foundations; a fab course and an amazing core team. We always thought that the weeks leading up to Christmas in our first year would present the biggest challenge, in terms of recruiting volunteers and keeping a great atmosphere, but you guys - the runners and team - have absolutely smashed it. Looking forward to Christmas, NYD and seeing what's in store for Myrtle the Turtle in 2019.

Here's the report....

This week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Debbie VINCE • Louise FINN • Steve WATKINS • Jo BUCKLEY • Liz KINGSLEY • Greg TRUSSELLE • Tony CARLYLE • Tariq HUSSAIN • Leila HUSSAIN • Dave STEPHENSON • Catherine WATKINS • Nicola JONES • Andrew RHOADES • Andrew BROWN • Nicola BROWN • Janet Lynda DAYKIN • Jo MILNE • Adrian LONGBOTTOM • Mia WALKER

Tom Keighley of Chapel Allerton Runners was the first male home (for the second time) in a time of 18.43. Our first female was Holly Morris of Victoria Park Harriers in a time of 23.10

Out of the 40 first timers, 11 were completely new to parkrun with the fastest new-to-parkrun, Harry Wakefield, coming in at 20.20. Our fastest new female, Annabel Coates, finished in 26.11.

At the other end of the scale we had five '250' parkrunners, the first home being Andrew Byron of North Leeds Fell Runners (obviously used to the mud!)

Two people recorded new age-grade records for the course: Sylvia Ross now holds the VW70-74 title and Margret Jagan the VW65-69 fastest time.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Myrtle parkrun Results Page.

Catherine Watkins A3448173