Raphael parkrun Report #234

Raphael parkrun Report #234

What a pleasant Autumnal morning for a run! For those of you who ventured out for a midweek run or two this week would know the chilly conditions meant an extra layer was needed, so it was quite surprising that this morning it was relatively mild, obviously helped by the absence of any breeze, and a stroke of luck for PB hunters! In fact, good conditions, our volunteers’ support and your motivation meant there were 50 PBs today... a very impressive achievement for a non-pacer week! One of today’s PBs warrants an individual mention, since it was also an age category record too. So, well done to Paul Reddaway, (a tourist from GunPowder parkrun) who achieved a new course record in the VM55-59 age group.

Our attendance has remained fairly consistent over the past few months at around 300 (+/-10%) and today was no different. We did have a healthy number of eager volunteers signed up early in the week, which made Sarah (our RD today) and her dog, Hugo very happy! Let’s ensure the same for the upcoming weeks, so please let the team know (via the usual e-mail, social media methods) if you can lend your time and support. Also, remember, it’s pacer week on 30 November, and there are still pacer slots available.

It was yet another week full of milestones. They seem to be coming thick and fast now, and it looks like there are a number of you who are very close to your next one too. Today’s milestones were
Karen Moore and Jason Exeter who completed their 100th, Glen King and Julie Hall reached their 50th and Alex Wells ran his junior 10 milestone. Well done all five of you.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
John Whitehead (SM25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was first over the line in 17:30.
Paul Reddaway (VM55-59) of Ware Joggers was second over the line in 17:51 and achieved a PB.
Christopher King (SM30-34) of Harold Wood Running Club was third over the line in 18:20.

Female placings:
Julia Johnson (VW55-59) of Penistone Footpath Runners AC was first (29th overall) over the line in 21:38 and achieved a PB.
Elsie King (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (45th overall) over the line in 22:59.
Jennifer Louden (SW30-34) of Harold Wood Running Club was third (54th overall) over the line in 23:20 and achieved a PB.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Paul Reddaway (VM55-59) of Ware Joggers – 89.08% with a time of 17:51 (2nd overall)
Julia Johnson (VW55-59) of Penistone Footpath Runners AC 83.67% with a time of 21:38 (29th overall)
Darren Priestley (VM50-54) of Havering Athletic Club – 78.26% with a time of 19:19 (10th overall)