Storm Dennis was playing havoc with countless parkruns but Oaklands was ready and so were 133 brave parkrunners. The wind was lovely when it was with you and not so pleasant in the opposite direction. The rain was equally pleasant but better than being flooded out.
New to Oaklands or parkrun
There were 48 people running Oaklands for the first time today. Lots were tourist either visiting the Midlands for half term or were flooded out of their home parkruns. Special mentions to Rona Irving and Erin Irving who ran their first parkruns today. You are exceptionally brave to do your first parkrun on such a windy day. Welcome to the parkrun family. Also, a special mention to Mick Keating and Loraine Lavau and Thomas Mayes for coming back for a second parkrun. You knew what to expect and still came back.
Milestone (near misses)
There were no milestones today at Oaklands, but Maria Brockway is on 248 runs so 2 off her 250 parkruns milestone t-shirt. Jonah Hearn and Billbarr Mudd are on 49 runs. They are 1 run off the red t-shirt gang. In the junior parkrunners, Rowan Williams is only 3 runs away from the white junior t-shirt club.
Purple T-shirt gang
There were 31 parkrunners today who are already in the purple t-shirt gang who have volunteered at parkrun on 25 different occasions. If you want to volunteer in the future, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You get a completely different view of parkrun when you volunteer and a lovely warm fuzzy feeling all day afterwards. Today’s event was made possible by 17 volunteers: Dave R Johnson • Rommany Jenkins • Sean Mcconvery • Peter Thomas • Abi Morton • John Minihan • Liz Dexter • Lorraine Francis • Philip Dolding • Michelle Greaves • Louise Vernon • Bernadette Doherty • John Powis • Denise Weekes • Sharon Fox • Cheryl Aiken • Kulsoom Shah • Sarah Dennis. You are superstars and really appreciated by all the parkrunners. To find out more about volunteering you can look on the future roster page https://www.parkrun.org.uk/oaklands/futureroster/. If you click on the job titles it tells you all about the roles. It is amazing that the parkrun community is completely run by volunteers and transforms Saturdays for the millions of parkrunners.
PBs and WAVA
Today 16 people achieved a PB at Oaklands. Well done to Glenn Lacey, Bill Gutheridge, Helen Wyer, Aaron Cobham-Croston, Terri Rose Powell, Emma Shannon, Steve White, Ian Brameld, Janelle Daniel, Anthony Mchugh, Sara Hawkins, Jacqueline Crawford, Lita Cobham, Nicola Rowden, Gaynor O'Brien and Margaret Treacy. The highest WAVA rating today was 71.24% age grade by Philip Dolding. Great effort. Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your gender and age to produce a score (as a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different gender to you - the higher the score the better the performance.
Surprises I noted….
I hadn’t run at Oaklands before today and things I noticed.…
1. There is a toilet open before the run in the shopping centre. Phew.
2. The view reminded me of the start of Brum-the kids TV show (a classic.). I channelled my inner yellow, vintage car to go off on an adventure going down the hill to Brum each lap.
3. The silhouettes of the people running into the finish as I ran up the hill were stunning.
4. You got a real sense of déjà vu. I am not used to laps but it made it easy to track where you were.
5. Free parking at Tesco’s was brilliant and ample, with a free sprint warm up to cross the road.
6. You can see runners running all over the place.
7. You have space to run.
8. The paths were heaven and I had dry socks at the end of parkrun. Very strange.
9. There is a nice statue type thing that is good for stretches.
10. The cafes are good nearby.
29th February 2020
Next Saturday will be the first opportunity ever to complete a parkrun on the 29th February. The next time it will happen is 2048. Motivation to get out of bed for next week. Until next time happy parkrunning.
Event number 14
22nd February 2020
This week 133 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Dave R JOHNSON • Rommany JENKINS • Sean MCCONVERY • Peter THOMAS • Abi MORTON • John MINIHAN • Liz DEXTER • Lorraine FRANCIS • Philip DOLDING • Michelle GREAVES • Louise VERNON • Bernadette DOHERTY • John POWIS • Denise WEEKES • Sharon FOX • Cheryl AIKEN • Kulsoom SHAH • Sarah Dennis
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Oaklands parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Felicity SHARP who recorded a time of 18:49 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The male record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded a time of 15:07 on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
The Age Grade course record is held by Peter Harry BROOKES who recorded 85.34% (15:07) on 28th December 2019 (event number 7).
Oaklands parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 1,291 participants have completed 1,959 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,795 km, including 265 new Personal Bests. A total of 91 individuals have volunteered 231 times.