Raphael parkrun Report #229
With England’s rugby world cup game called off due to Typhoon Hagibis, the dilemma of having to choose missing parkrun and watch the game live, or record the game while going to parkrun, but avoiding any social media or mobile connectivity until getting back to watch the game didn’t need to be made! Needless to say, numbers are up on last week, although the damp conditions must have still put a few people off. For those of you who did make it today, it was a great event, with a couple of records (more on that shortly) and a good number of PBs, especially given we had so many last week.
Thank you to all our volunteers, and if you do have the energy to say a ‘thank you’ to the marshals as you pass them in future weeks, please do. Most of the marshals are runners too, so even if your message isn’t coherent, they will know what you mean and it will mean a lot to them, since they give us their time and chance to run to make the event happen. In addition, as Simon (our RD today) mentioned in the run briefing, the next few weeks the volunteer roster is looking a little lean, so please volunteer if you can.
Now, on to the run. We had 269 runners, joggers and walkers complete the course today, 22 first timers, including 6 starting their parkrun journey with us, 39 PBs, seven milestones and two records.
Starting with PBs, last week’s tally of 50 was always going to be a hard act to follow, especially as PBs become more difficult to achieve as you complete more parkruns. Today’s total of 39 PBs was a respectable effort, and well done to those of you who achieved one.
There were a number of milestones to mention today. Some were called out during the run briefing, but here is the full list. Congratulations to all seven of you, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for your e-mail advising how and when you can claim your milestone t-shirt.
10 milestones (juniors only): Emilia Griffiths, Tabitha Seymour and Bethany Seymour
50 milestones: Carla Khouri and Dean Moran
100 milestones: Ian Stanley and James Plumer
Now for the two records. Firstly, Emma Prideaux broke her own age group record by 25 seconds in the VW45-49 category, running the course in 17:58. She holds the age category record for both the VW40-44 and VW45-49 age classes.
Secondly, today’s first finisher, James Connor (VM35-39) smashed not only the age category record but also the long-standing course record set by Grant Twist back in June 2018. Today, James ran a time of 15:07, knocking 20 seconds off the previous course record. A big round of applause for both Emma and James!
James Connor (VM35-39) of Kent AC was first over the line in 15:07, achieving a PB and a course record.
Chris Goldsmith (SM30-35) of The Salvation Army was second (3rd overall) over the line in 18:19.
Matt Cooman (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third (5th overall) over the line in 19:02.
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC was first (2nd overall) over the line in 17:58, achieving a PB and age category record.
Elizabeth Watters (SW25-29) of Birchfield Harriers was second (4th overall) over the line in 18:35.
Ursula Abbott (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (58th overall) over the line in 23:29.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC – 89.24% with a time of 17:58 (2nd overall)
James Connor (VM35-39) of Kent AC – 87.76% with a time of 15:07 (1st overall)
Elizabeth Watters (SW25-29) of Birchfield Harriers – 79.64% with a time of 18:35 (4th overall)