Greetings to you all! What a lovely Sunday it turned out to be - but mainly after the run had concluded, unfortunately! Still, it was plenty warm enough and a great turnout of 93 runners during half term week (including a dozen first timers) was commendable indeed. We also had a good gathering of volunteers so things are definitely looking up!
parkrun is not a race, it's a timed run - but the first five finishers today had very similar times - all separated by just 8 seconds and all very quick indeed (under 7.30). There were the three speedy HERSIs in there (Mahiis, Sudeys and Najiib) as well as Otto PACKHAM-LAWRENCE and first finisher William PATERSON DENTON who both claimed their fastest ever times - Otto reaching an 80% Age Grade which puts him 6th in the all time list at Pitshanger.
For those who don't know what the Age Grade is, it's a cunning way of putting all runners on a level-playing field. The age-graded score is the ratio of the (approximate) world-record time for the runner's age and gender divided by the runner's actual time. So if you get an age grade is 50% it means the world record time for someone of your age and gender would be exactly twice as fast!
Here's a snap (from timer Paul THOMAS) 10 seconds into the run:
Well done to everyone for taking part and to William, and to Lucia WEST, our first finishing female (for the second time) who also got a PB. 10 other PB getters were in our midst today, so clap clap clap to you all and to those who turned up and had a great run at no matter what speed. A cuddly rabbit did particularly well, too.
Since the run started approximately 18 months ago, you may have noted that the park has a new water feature/ puddle, recently expanded due to some JCB action. It's not the most beautiful stretch of parkland water and is rather proximate to our finish funnel. But it doesn't look like it's going to shrink, so we have to take a bit of added care - not least that we don't get splashed by visiting hounds.
We are contemplating having the body of water named "Lake Kelvin" after our wonderful Event Director, though other suggestions are very welcome.
Until next week, have a good return to school
PS: While you're reading please note that in three weeks (26th June) there will be no parkrun event due to the Pitshanger Party in the Park.
William PATERSON DENTON (JM11-14) of Team Hounslow Athletic Club, was first over the line in 07:20 - 7th time in 26 appearances.
Mahiis HERSI (JM11-14) of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC, was second over the line in 07:22 - was first to finish once before.
Sudeys HERSI (JM11-14) of Ealing, Southall & Middlesex AC, was third over the line in 07:25 - was first to finish once before.
Lucia WEST (JW11-14) (Unattached) was first (13th overall) over the line in 08:32 - second time in 3 appearances.
Roisin QUIRKE (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (22nd overall) over the line in 09:09 - was first to finish once before.
Beatrice ALLEN (JW10) (Unattached) was third (26th overall) over the line in 09:14 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Otto PACKHAM-LAWRENCE (JM10) was graded 80.16% for the time 07:28 (5th overall).
Najiib HERSI (JM10) was graded 77.71% for the time 07:26 (4th overall).
Arthur PHILLIPS (JM10) was graded 77.05% for the time 08:27 (12th overall).
This week there were 93 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.
Pitshanger Juniors parkrun started on 5th October 2014, and since then 785 different runners, including participants from 29 athletics clubs, have completed 5,688 runs covering a total distance of 11,376 km, and there have been 1,198 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Anna JANKE who ran in a time of 00:07:20 on 2016-03-20 (event number 74).
The male record is held by Mohamed SHARIF ALI who ran in a time of 00:06:24 on 2016-03-20 (event number 74).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mohamed SHARIF ALI who recorded a 85.02% run (06:24) on 20th March 2016 (event number 74).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pitshanger Juniors parkrun Results Page.