Straight up. I have a confession to make. I’m not really a Flasher. An honorary one, yes. I’ve run the Flash three times and even have a Flasher Charlie vest. But really, truly I’m a Scrubber. My home parkrun is at Wormwood Scrubs in west London (yes, right under the shadow of the prison) but I was up in the north west this weekend for the Liverpool Half Marathon and my sister - event director Katie Taggart no less - roped me into writing this week’s run report from the eyes of a tourist. So here I am.
I love parkrun at the Flash, it’s a beautiful course - tricky with its hill three hills and mutli-terrain challenges, but stunning nonetheless - we even spotted a Great Crested Grebe on the walk up to the start. And today was perfect running weather - chilly but not too cold - as almost 200 runners joined in for the 306th Pennington Flash parkrun.
Stephen Makin kicked off proceedings as run director with the dreadful announcement that there would be no post run cake this week due to the lack of milestones, birthdays and anniversaries. Ha, ha, what a great April Fool we all thought, but no. There really was no cake. This can’t happen again, Flashers. I mean, really …
Stephen led a team of 22 volunteers including a bunch of rookie run directors in training. Thank you to each and every one of you - without your support we wouldn’t be able to host parkrun each week - your time and effort (and smiley faces) really are appreciated. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please, please do - you can see the future roster here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/penningtonflash/futureroster/ and you there are still lots of lovely vacancies available for next Saturday so get in quick.
Big welcome to our 31 first timers today - we hope you enjoyed the course and will come back and run with us again. You’re very welcome. And congratulations to the 36 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pennington Flash parkrun Results Page.
Marc HARTLEY (SM30-34) of Barlick Fell Runners, was first over the line in 16:35 - first appearance.
Ewen MALLOCH (VM40-44) of Team Bath AC, was second over the line in 17:45 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Callan ROWLAND (SM18-19) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:18 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Rachel CULSHAW (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (17th overall) over the line in 21:13 - second time in 2 appearances.
Donna INCE (VW40-44) of Leigh Harriers & AC, was second (29th overall) over the line in 22:13 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Katie VANN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (38th overall) over the line in 23:16 - was first to finish once before.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Marc HARTLEY (SM30-34) – 77.99% for the time 16:35 (first overall).
Ewen MALLOCH (VM40-44) – 76.90% for the time 17:45 (second overall).
Joshua HAYES (JM10) – 75.52% for the time 22:32 (32nd overall).
Happy running! And see you again soon. And if you’re ever in London - say, for the Marathon like James McGlynn - pop by Wormwood Scrubs parkrun, we’re very friendly and we have the best flapjacks in the country.