#351 by Lloyd Cross

Another Saturday, another fantastic parkrun, bring it up 351 events and counting at The Racecourse. The cold weather and the threat of ice wasn’t enough to deter 472 athletes, including 31 doing their first run here, of which 19 keen people were doing their first parkrun ever. We hope you enjoyed it and will still be doing it later in the year in kinder weather.

Despite my complaints, the cold weather obviously worked for a lot of you, a huge 61 athletes recorded a new personal best. This makes all my excuses about “conditions” a little harder to really commit to.

This week saw representatives of 30 different clubs take part, and visitors from across the country – including Fulham, Wimpole Estate, Woodley, Coventry and Linford Wood (yes that was me – had to name drop). I will certainly make a return after enjoying my visit and hope you will do the same!

What struck me on my first visit to Northampton first of all, was the sheer number of you! Coming from a parkrun that regularly gets under 200 participants it was great to see so many people, even better to see how well organized everything was, and even better still to experience the support everyone gave each other. The amount of cheer everyone gave as they jostled for position, and as they lapped each other later on was great.

Milestones this week for James Skinner on his 10th run, both Natasha Kington and Robyn Thorman on their 50th, and Jason Goss on his 100th. Unofficial kudos also go to Claire Dixon on her 150th.

This event was made possible by 29 hi-vis heroes, including our great photographer whose work is showcased on our Facebook page – see if you can spot yourself.

Thanks to: Alison POSTLETHWAITE • Ruksana WADE • Bryan LEWIN • Anne-Marie SANDOS • James CUSHING • Gerald BILLIS • Michelle LEWIS • Andy LACK • Szabolcs MATE • Kathryn HALL • Vicky NICHOLAS • Matt BUSHELL • Sharon LANTSBERY • Daniel GILLERT • David BUTLER • Lee BLENKINSOP • Jackie COOMBS • Lisa WHELAN • Sally FURNISS • Juliet SAVILL • Julia BRADNAM • Glen FURNISS • Julie FITZELL • Pieter JOHNSON • Lauren MERCER • Mark DEAN • Viv POOLE • Joanne HAYMAN • Laura WILLETTS

First male finisher was Zak Allen in a time of 17:56, a new pb! First female finisher was Francesca Elliott in a time of 23:20 on her first visit here. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Northampton parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Andrew BADDELEY who recorded a time of 14:52 on 16th April 2016 (event number 207). The female record is held by Emily WAUGH who recorded a time of 17:14 on 8th July 2017 (event number 270).

The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 105.64% (20:24) on 25th April 2015 (event number 156).

Northampton parkrun started on 5th May 2012. Since then 13,249 participants have completed 115,694 parkruns covering a total distance of 578,470 km, including 20,977 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,112 individuals have volunteered 6,622 times.

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