Raphael parkrun Report #231

Raphael parkrun Report #231

As usual, the last Saturday of the month means pacer week, however, attendance was down to a three month low, probably due to the unfortunate clash of parkrun with England’s semi-final match against New Zealand. Obviously, the lure of the rugby was too much for some parkrunners, and an alternative appointment with the TV screen won over. A shame really, but no spoilers here if you haven’t seen the game yet and have somehow managed to stay away from the result!

For the 255 parkrunners and 42 volunteers who did attend today’s parkrun (and a big thank you to all the volunteers), we were greeted by dry and relatively mild conditions given the time of year, although there was a noticeable breeze, which made the open stretch along the back of the tennis courts feel twice as long as usual. The wind definitely hampered the chances of runners reaching their next PB. Despite this, 33 of you defied the odds and with the help of our pacers achieved a PB.

We had several milestones today. Emma Dyos, Chris Sullivan, Amy Phythian, Ryan Murphy all reached their 50 milestone and Molly Cook completed her 10th parkrun, reaching the junior 10 milestone. Congratulations to all five of you.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
  • Ryan Murphy (SM18-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:20.
  • Charles Bailey (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:51.
  • Matt Cooman (SM20-24) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:12.
Female placings:
  • Ursula Abbott (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (33rd overall) over the line in 23:09.
  • Stephanie Phillips (SW25-29) of Havering ’90 Joggers was second (37th overall) over the line in 23:27.
  • Louise Mozzanica (VW45-49) (CSSC Sports & Leisure) was third (43rd overall) over the line in 23:42.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
  • Peter Hobday (VM50-54) (Unattached) – 76.28% with a time of 19:49 (6th overall)
  • James Johnson (VM55-59) (Unattached) – 73.23% with a time of 20:59 (14th overall)
  • Gary Cardnell (VM60-64) of Dagenham 88 Runners – 73.01% with a time of 22:21 (24th overall)

Did you Know / Fun Fact
As usual the pacers did a terrific job today, with three coming in ‘bang on’ their allotted pacer time. Well done Mervyn Andiapen, Ian Billingham and Alex Mullett.

- Mark Fowler