By Helen Dickens
Our Run Director this week was Mary fresh from completing her 100th marathon! At the pre-run briefing Mary recognised our our Parkrun Hero of the month: Sarah Chamberlain who has been a volunteer 39 times. Sarah can most frequently be found helping set up the event and close it down and also often welcomes newcomers at the First Timers Briefing. Thank you to Sarah for her awesome volunteering. I was on First Time briefing this week which is a great volunteering role as you get to meet new people to Prospect Park run. We welcomed visitors from Portsmouth, Swindon, Cambridge and Devon and a special hello the RD from Lanhydrock Parkrun in Cornwall.
Members from 16th different clubs took part with a strong representation from Reading Roadrunners who took 3 of the first 10 places.
First into the finish chute was Chris from Reading Roadrunners on his 4th Visit to Prospect closely followed by Alex a tourist from Swindon. Our first lady home was Alexandra from Newbury also on her first visit to the course. Our first dog over the line this week was Darcy. Our most experienced Parkrunner this week was Alex on his 359th time collecting a token.
Parkrun also enables you to see how well you do compared to peers in your age group. Age grading takes your time and uses the world record time for your sex and age to produce a score (a percentage). This score allows you to compare your personal performance against other people's performances even though they might be a different age and a different sex to you - the higher the score the better the performance. Congratulations to Jon of Maidenhead AC who earned the highest Age Grade score of 71.98%. Congratulations also to Maureen of Berkshire Hash House Harriers with the highest female age grade score of 64.86%. Maureen also stopped on the way round to do up her shoelace so who knows what she could have done with a firmer double bow in place!
You can run, walk or jog parkrun and today our tailwalkers were Stu and Claire who were joined by Moya on her first ever Parkrun event. Thanks for joining us Moya we hope to see you back. Thanks to all our 19 volunteers who made this weeks Parkrun possible.
Next week on the 7th December there is a lot happening at Prospect Parkrun: Firstly we have our Christmas collection for the ReadiFood Food Bank. If you would like to donate we are looking for:
1) Boxes/tin of chocolates.
2) Children’s Chocolate selection packs.
3) Christmas cake.
4) Biscuits selection boxes/packs, shortbread.
5) Savoury Crackers boxes/packs.
6) Mince pies. (Please make sure Use By dates are after 24/12/19.)
7) Packets of stuffing.
8) Jars of Sauces (cranberry, mustard etc).
9) Jam or pickles, (No Homemade please).
10) Packs of Dates, Nuts, Savoury snacks.
11) Tins of Ham.
12) Tins of Potatoes and other vegetables.
Readifood are not asking for Christmas Puddings as they already have a large collection of these. Please also avoid Alcohol in the food, please.
Secondly next week it is pacers week! As it is an EVEN month there will be pacers for EVEN finishing times. We usually see an increase in people achieving PBs with the support of a pacer. You can of course complete Parkrun however you want so feel free to take it easy and enjoy the Park. We look forward to seeing you run, jog or walk the course next week.
This week 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Phill DEAN • Michael GOFF • Mary WILSON • Nick CLARK • Gary BRAMPTON • Janet LEVERTON • Stu MCNEILL • Darren KINDER • Helen DICKENS • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Ross CLARK • Donald TOWNSIN • John DICKENS • Claire RAYNER • Emma DOYLE • Fiona BROWN • Caleb LANCASTER • Megan BURROWES • Ben WILSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Prospect parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 16:24 on 7th July 2018 (event number 9).
The female record is held by Naomi MITCHELL who recorded a time of 18:01 on 14th September 2019 (event number 63).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane A DAVIES who recorded 88.92% (21:13) on 29th September 2018 (event number 18).
Prospect parkrun started on 5th May 2018. Since then 3,372 participants have completed 12,807 parkruns covering a total distance of 64,035 km, including 2,575 new Personal Bests. A total of 311 individuals have volunteered 1,703 times.