B of the Bang!

According to Linford Christie, you don’t go on the ‘Bang!’ you go on the ‘B’ of the ‘Bang!’.

Steve mentioned this quote to me just after pointing out I’d been talking to RD Sam for 40 seconds after the ‘Go’ and we then had to run to catch the Tail Walker. I got a course PB though, surprisingly.

I do love to watch our more intentional parkrunners setting-off. Front runner Huseen USUIE looked intent on getting a PB – which he did, in a time of 17.41 assisted by Bingley Harrier coach John Smithhurst. parkrun RD Dave STEPHENSON, also a Harrier, performed his debut run with pizazz, sticking to club-mate Robbie WILLIAMS throughout the course just being pipped to the post in the final seconds. First finishing female was Grace DAWSON, also of Bingley Harriers.

Ilkley Harriers AC saw an impressive performance from Geoffrey HOWARD, who beat his own age-grade standing, recording 81.86% in a time of 23.09.

One thing that certainly went with a bang was the first ever Myrtle parkrun takeover – hosted by local running group TRAIL SNAILS. Trail Snails was started a year ago by Sam SWIFT and Dan Cherington and offers C25K (Couch to 5k) programmes and social runs. They now have over 300 runners and can often be seen running and volunteering at Myrtle parkrun, in their distinctive blue tops. At which other takeover would you see a unicorn and pacer called Dave – the unicorn was called Dave not the pacer – and masses and masses of cake.

Trails Snails saw seven of their runners get PBs: Nicola MIDDLETON, Lindsay DAVISON, Katie FLORENCE, Elise LEACH, Jamie MCPARTLAND, Stephanie LAYCOCK, Theresa WRAITH.

For more information about the Trail Snails, see https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/TrailSnailsBingley

There were loads of positive comments, especially about the cake and fantastic marshals; like this one from uber-tourist Barry Shakleton:

‘We absolutely loved our visit. All First Timers except for me (green shirt) as I ran at Myrtle on New Years Day. We have more than 1,000 parkruns between us. The lady is Rosemary who is true parkrun royalty. She has run at more parkrun venues than any other woman on earth (about 300). Thanks for the great cake and all the marshalls. #lovemyrtle’.

I’m looking forward to our next takeover, which will be next week by the Bingley Harriers. I’m also going to pay more attention to the Starter, and set off on the ‘G’ of the ‘Go’, especially if there's cake.

This week 187 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Charlotte DEAN • Julie DEACON • Michelle LANGLEY • Karen Frances CAINE • Victoria BURROWS • Sam SWIFT • Yvonne HARRISON • Gareth RANKIN • Jennie HOULDSWORTH • Tariq HUSSAIN • Nigel PEPPER • Dave STEPHENSON • Joanna BOWER • Cheryl HUNT • Andrew BROWN • Nicola BROWN • Sarah DARROCH • Susan MOORE • Gemma BAXTER • Lidia GALLUCCI • Emily NAYLOR • Jo MILNE • Janette BOLTON • Rachel GILMARTIN • Sarah WADDINGTON

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

Myrtle parkrun started on 3rd November 2018. Since then 2,072 participants have completed 4,860 parkruns covering a total distance of 24,300 km, including 1,058 new Personal Bests. A total of 169 individuals have volunteered 633 times.

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