Prospect parkrun Event #81 – Pacer week

Run report by Dan Mercer

This week Prospect hosted its monthly pacing event. As we're all aware, running is never easy, so having to match your pace to a designated finish time poses its challenges. Particularly for our pacers who have to deal with the undulating ground and life-draining mud (albeit the ground is less soggy and horrible than it was before Christmas). So, thumbs up to our pacers this week who merrily volunteered to help others progress with their goals and act as a visible target to aim for. Notably, Helen who paced 31 minutes came over the line spot on her time, Chris and Matthew the walk-run 39 minutes were within a second of their target, along with Jean-Paul who came through at 41:01 for his 41-minute pace. The next pacing event is on the first week of February, hopefully you all know the drill by now, it’s an even month, so we’re on even pacing times! If you fancy giving it a go, it’s never too early to email in to put your name down to volunteer (other roles also available if you don't fancy running on a particular week, we're always grateful for the help!).


Whilst we’re talking about volunteers, we were very fortunate this week to have such a hefty number of volunteers on our roster, in total we had a MASSIVE number of 39 people (including pacers) who helped to make the event possible! Our volunteer ranks have recently been bolstered by those who are undertaking their Duke of Edinburgh awards and also by some kind folk who really wanted to help out on the day. Thanks everyone!!


I particularly enjoy this kind of year, Prospect gets a boost in its numbers from new and returning parkrunners. We averaged 142 runners for the last two months of 2019, but we hit the dizzy heights of 241 runners this Saturday. With the new year, comes new goals, whether that’s starting out running or training for an ultra, they’re all unique to us all. We welcomed 21 people who were completely new to parkrun this week, we very much hope to see you back again in the coming weeks and a huge congratulations to Vincent GRINNEY for completing his 50th parkrun along with a congrats to the 20 runners who pushed through for a PB this week!

For those of you who turn up frequently, you’ll be well aware that not all 5km runs are quite as taxing as ours is. Ross (our very own fact finder) stumbled across an interesting website which has reviewed the data nationally from the all other parkruns to determine their comparative difficulty. You’ll all be glad to know that Prospect is joint ranked 18th for being one of the most DIFFICULT (bearing in mind there’s over 500 parkruns which they’ve assessed so far). If you’re interested, you can have a browse through here:

Of course, we all gain the benefits of this is when we journey to other running events, it should in theory be a little easier to produce a good time. Which brings me nicely onto the reminder that Prospect isn’t going ahead on the 11th January (next Saturday) due to the cross-country event. It’s a great opportunity to spread your wings, or just stay in bed longer, whichever you fancy (just don't forget to come back the following week please!).


This week 241 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:

Kingsley Roy STARLING • Dion FARRELL • Alex James THRELKELD • Mary WILSON • Nick CLARK • Gary BRAMPTON • Catherine GREAVES • Maxine SLADE • Janet LEVERTON • Stu MCNEILL • Lydia BLYTHE • Helen DICKENS • Geoff WHITE • Gerry O'DRISCOLL • Sarah CHAMBERLAIN • Louise DIX • Daniel MERCER • Oliver LOTTER • A J JAIN • Elaine GUNSTONE • Tiggy GUNSTONE • Art ATWAL • Oliver ATWAL • Laura TAYLOR • Montserrat PEREZ-PARENT • Benjamin LANCASTER • Donald TOWNSIN • John DICKENS • Jean-Paul TANNER • Chris WALLER • Matthew WALLER • Megan BURROWES • Ian SAVILL • Ben WILSON • Cynthia TOWNLEY • Molly MCARDLE • Elicia HOTSTON • R HOTSTON • Paul GUNSTONE

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 3,588 participants have completed 13,966 parkruns covering a total distance of 69,830 km, including 2,639 new Personal Bests. A total of 333 individuals have volunteered 1,894 times.