Osterley park, 7.45am, ready to walk the new course with Geoff while Tunde sets up the start and finish. Although I've run the new two lap route a couple of times I'm still learning the finer points of cone and arrow positioning. And it was a good job we got things done early as we had a record breaking attendance of 191 runners. That is only outdone by Osterley parkrun #1 (261 runners) but the way things are going that may fall before too long such is the popularity of parkrun.
The numbers were swelled by a large group of Year 9s and their teachers from Heston school and they brought with them lots of fun and enthusiasm - lets hope they get the parkrun bug!
31 first timers (mostly due to Heston School) accompanied the regular runners and as they all charged off the valiant volunteers took up their positions ready to time-keep, scan, hand out tokens, funnel manage, point in the right direction and to shout encouragement.
The new course is proving popular if the number of positive comments I received is anything to go by - some people like the views and the lake section others prefer two laps. whichever it is feel free to comment on our facebook page.
So to the run. It became apparent that we had a fast female and that records might tumble. Aisling Wall, home park run Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, was setting a cracking pace and there was a distinct possibility that she might get on to our sub 20 women's list (only seven hold that exalted position). She didn't disappoint, hitting the finish line in a breathtaking 19m57s. That also puts her as the age category record holder for SW25-29; great effort Ailsing - well done!
While we're on the subject of flying feats we had a pretty impressive 33 PBs this week - well done everyone.
As always, none of this would be possible without our volunteers a lovely bunch of people and I wanted to make particular mention of Pavana who marshalled by the first metal gate next to the lake and did a magnificent job of cheering on all our runners - thanks Parvana.
So that's it for another week. After a coffee with Geoff we walked past the front of Osterley House and looked at the empty grass area opposite where, only an hour before, there had been runners, volunteers, cones and funnels, shouts and handshakes and most importantly laughter!
See you all soon
Those results in more detail:
Ian J BERRY-BOWERS (VM40-44) of Winchester and District AC, was first over the line in 18:46 - first appearance.
Steven DALEY (VM50-54) of Beckenham RC, was second over the line in 19:05 - was first to finish once before.
Juraj GESCHWANDTNER (VM40-44) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 20:07.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jim TWIST (CSSC Sports & Leisure) 2349 pts.
Finlay MCBRIDE (Unattached) 2114 pts.
Babatunde DAWODU (Team Hounslow Athletic Club) 2017 pts.
Aisling WALL (SW25-29) of Horsforth Harriers, was first (third overall) over the line in 19:57 - first appearance.
Niamh MURPHY (JW11-14) of Thames Valley Harriers, was second (13th overall) over the line in 21:20 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Leanne SMITH (SW25-29) of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC, was third (23rd overall) over the line in 22:41 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Deborah LEAVERS (Ealing Eagles Running Club) 2132 pts.
Abigail HALLAM (Team Hounslow Athletic Club) 2115 pts.
Maz WHITTAKER (Unattached) 2051 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Steven DALEY (VM50-54) was graded 79.83% for the time 19:05 (second overall).
Louise HUTCHINSON (VW55-59) was graded 76.78% for the time 23:54 (32nd overall).
Ian J BERRY-BOWERS (VM40-44) was graded 74.96% for the time 18:46 (first overall).
This week there were 191 runners, of whom 49 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different athletics clubs took part.
Osterley parkrun started on 31st August 2013, and since then 3,133 different runners, including participants from 252 athletics clubs, have completed 15,698 runs covering a total distance of 78,490 km, and there have been 2,926 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Claire HALLISSEY who ran in a time of 00:18:48 on 19th March 2016 (event number 131).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who ran in a time of 00:15:44 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 89).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded a 92.98% run (19:28) on 18th July 2015 (event number 97).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Osterley parkrun Results Page.