Saturday dawned cold and clear, but still very wet underfoot. A wonderfully kind and generous parkrun fairy had taken last week’s wet hi-viz and beautifully washed and ironed them. If you let me know who you are, I can give you a volunteer credit. It is very much appreciated.
Two people on the bench this week: Lorraine McNulty and Guy Long. Well done to both of you.
We love inspiring stories at parkrun, and one of our visitors had a great one to share this week. Here’s Ed Harman:
I work in the city and in my spare time I've been enjoying triathlon for several years, training a lot and racing about 12-14 races a year with Clapham Chasers Tri Club. It's all amateur but I've enjoyed seeing how far I can take the sport and had progressed to Ironman plus even European and World Champs for GB Age Group. [Amazing! says Lindsay] However, 16 months ago I suffered a heart attack resulting in emergency heart bypass surgery. Being in my mid 40s and so fit naturally this was unexpected, however my rehab was incredible and they got me back to triathlon training after 12 weeks and just 6 months after surgery I was signed off to race again [even more amazing!]. I took my place at the European Champs last year but it was tough and I've lost the top end of performance so can no longer compete at that level. So whilst my body adjusts and I reset my priorities, parkrun has been a fantastic way to get back to running, without training goals and PBs to chase down! I just enjoy some social running. More recently I have discovered the unofficial parkrun challenges which helps to appease my competitive side as I'm now seeking out new parkruns to attend in order to achieve the Alphabet of parkrun, together with the Compass, Pirates, BeeGees, Groundhog Day and oh so many more. Thank you parkrun!
We hope you remain well for many decades, and enjoy parkrunning, Ed.
Finally, thank you to Richard Harper for some great pictures this week. You can see them all here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KLAoZckVDjcYLRHMA
Join us next Saturday, when Louise is in charge. If you can lend a hand by volunteering, that would also be great.
This week 441 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:
Nick WALKER • Barbro JULIN • Annie BIRCH • Ian BIRCH • Fiona KENNEDY • John FALVEY • Andy LEUNG • Russ HEWLETT • Lindsay DONOGHUE • Gowan CLEWS • Laura LEUNG • Phil H DAVIES • Juliet AIBANGBEE MELLOR • Christopher SHEARWOOD • Helen MARK • Eamonn FLYNN • Maria PAZ • Betty HARPER • Tony WALLER • Philip VAUGHAN • Sai PANG • Annick HOOGE • Lisa YIP • Louis MITCHELL • Linda READ • Jaydat MEHTA • Richard HARPER • Charlotte YIP • Stephen WONG • Tim OAKLEY • Jamie PANG • Michael EVANS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Northala Fields parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 17:14 on 2nd April 2016 (event number 95).
The male record is held by Mohamed MOHAMED who recorded a time of 14:42 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 263).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mohamed ALI who recorded 93.11% (15:14) on 4th August 2018 (event number 217).
Northala Fields parkrun started on 21st June 2014. Since then 9,365 participants have completed 76,838 parkruns covering a total distance of 384,190 km, including 12,002 new Personal Bests. A total of 737 individuals have volunteered 7,817 times.