A fantastic run report supplied by Helen Jones. (thanks Helen)
Run Report 04.01.20 Plymvalley #381
It’s 8.45 on the first Saturday of 2020, and there are already a large number of people huddled around, braving the crisp, cool 2oc temperature at the PlymValley Parkrun. A few days into the New Year, and this group of fearless runners are not backing down on their fitness resolutions. I can already tell this is going to be a busy one ! And I was right. Today was a record breaking Parkrun for Plymvalley, with 411 participants, that’s 43 more than the previous record !
And why not….The Parkrun formula is simple, a timed 5K run , open to all abilities and free. From it’s humble beginnings at Bushy Park London in 2004, with 13 runners crossing the line on that inaugural run, to over 600 Parkruns in the UK and now 21 countries worldwide hosting Parkruns every Saturday morning.
For those new to Parkrun, we don’t leave you out in the cold, you are always welcome into the 3 million strong ‘Barcode Brigade’. This morning Justin Frost was the Hi-Vis Hero who imparted wisdom and knowledge at the First Timer and Tourist briefing , before the Run Director Matthew Curtin gave the safety briefing to all .
3…2…1..go. Hundreds of pounding feet head towards the first corner, some breaking in their clean, new trainers acquired at Christmas ( or the sales !) Running, jogging, walking – it makes no difference when you cross the finishing line with a great sense of achievement . As a regular to PlymValley, I know the last few runs have been very wet , so today was a welcome surprise to find the 2 lap course relatively dry. Always being motivated along by the volunteer marshals who give up their time to make sure the event goes ahead safely. Todays superheroes in neon yellow were;
Sharon BECKENKRAGER, Erin BRADY, Shaun BRADY, Matthew CURTIN, Nicola DAVIES, Ruth DORSET, Damian DUNNE, Justin FROST, Arwyn HILL , Jillian HILL, Matthew HILL, Edryd HILL , Damien HOLLOWAY, Andrew LEA, Judith LEA, Duncan NEWMAN, Anita J O'CONNOR, Lindsey PARFETT, Ben PARFETT, Jessica RICH, Ella SMALL, Jo TURNS . Plus a special thank you to Judith Lea, who chose to spend her Birthday volunteering.
Not that Parkrun is a race, but it is always nice to celebrate those runners who made it around the course fastest, (although we will all have a slight ache in our muscles the next morning ! ) The first 3 men across the finish line were; David SHEPHERD 18:06 , Alister BRISTOW 18:27 & Justin FROST 18:50.
The first 3 women in were; Katrin HIGGINSON 20:31 , Maddie HORTON 20:53 & Alison DEWYNTER 22:34
37 runners were first timers today, and 52 runners achieved a PB. We had tourists from Wales and Didcot, and representatives from running clubs all over the city and beyond Maybe your resolution for this year is to hit the 10, 50, 100 or 250 milestone , or try your hand at volunteering – whatever your goal, it is achievable. Happy Parkrunning !