Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 304
1st January 2020
Happy New Year and welcome to the Roaring, or should that be Running, Twenties!
I thought I'd start this report with some of your comments from our Visitor's Book and from our Facebook Page:
"What a great time for my first time ever, everyone's so very friendly. Thank you." Dene from Canada
"Thank you to the wonderful support from the fab community here, I reached my 50th!" Helen
"Thank you very much to the organisers and volunteers, what a great way to start the new year." Sam
"Thank you to all the volunteers - thoroughly enjoyed today’s run!" Charlotte
"Thank you, it was a great way to start the year even if it was hard work after the festivities." Karen
It was truly wonderful to see the Pomphrey Hill community coming together to enjoy parkrun, both the volunteers and the runners contributed in their own ways to make a really special event.
39 wonderful volunteers arrived early or stayed late and did many different roles and I cannot thank them enough! I especially would like to thank Barbara amd her team of car park marshals who did such an amazing job in the car parks that I was actually able to drink an entire cup of tea before the start! We also need to congratulate Kevin Rickerby on his 25th Volunteer. Those 39 Hi-Vis Heroes are:
Alan COOK • Andrew BLACKER • Andrew BOYNTON • Anna THOMAS • Barbara SULLIVAN • Ben WILLIAMS • Carolyn DONOGHUE • Catalina LEE • Chris THORNE • Daniel SMITH • Debra PARSONS • Ian CROZIER • Jackie THORNE • Jane CROZIER • Janet JENKINS • Jim OVENS • Jonathan DUCKWORTH • Karen DYER • Kevin RICKERBY • Laura SEWELL • Lesley BARRY • Lucy POTTER • Maggie COOK • Matthew '5 Past' BESSELL • Mike DONOGHUE • Neil EVANS • Phil COSSEY • Philip RILEY • Ris SCOTT • Siri May RENARD • Stephanie EVANS • Stephen JENKINS • Tim CARR • Tom HILL • Trudy REED • Victoria BURCHILL • William LEE • Yvonne COX • Yvonne LOGAN
This week 481 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 83 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 52 different clubs took part.
Several new milestone t-shirts were earned, congratulations go to:
Helen DAVIS and Stuart RAE on their 50th finish at Pomphrey on NYD and joined the 50 Club. Also to Pomphrey runners Carol NESBITT who ran at Tonbridge and Matthew GUNSTONE who ran at Eastville.
Caroline DUCKWOTH, Helen ALLINGTON and Vicky LEDBURY on their 100th finish at Pomphrey on NYD and joined the 100 Club. Also to Pomphrey runners Joanna HARDING who ran her 100th at Bracknell and Tim SHURLOCK, who went to Eastville.
While not a t-shirt earning milestone, honourable mention also goes to James BAKER on his 200th finish.
We also had not one, but two new Age Category Records set:
The SM18-19 new record was set by Nick CASTLE in 16:45, with an age grade percentage of 79.74%.
The VW70-74 new record was set (again) by Caroline LAVIS in 25:31, with an age grade percentage of 91.77%. That means that Caroline's name is at the bottom of this run report, and our website page, as she now has the highest age grade percentage EVER at Pomphrey Hill parkrun. Many congratulations, Caroline!!
Danny, a member of our Core Team, delivering the First Timer's Briefing to a very large group of first timers and tourists. Tourists joined us from Clevedon, Stonehouse (including Ed KNUDSEN our first finisher), Lydiard in Swindon, Didcot, Leicester Victoria, Severn Bridge, Henley-on-Thames, Cheltenham and Canada to name a few.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The female record is held by Charlotte Emily TAYLOR-GREEN who recorded a time of 18:00 on 27th October 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 91.77% (25:31) on 1st January 2020 (event number 304).
Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 10,353 participants have completed 72,931 parkruns covering a total distance of 364,655 km, including 13,191 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,055 individuals have volunteered 6,998 times.
See you on Saturday 4th January for the Pomphrey Hill parkrun #305.