Raphael parkrun Report #243

Raphael parkrun Report #243

Although we are currently only 11 days into the new year, today’s event was already the third Raphael parkrun of 2020. The popularity and awareness of parkrun continues to grow. Today’s record attendance . . . in fact all three of this year’s events, are evidence of this as they represent the top three attendances of all time at Raphael park! Today we saw 514 runners, joggers and walkers complete the course, our highest ever attendance and the first time we have topped 500!

On top of record attendance, we had an amazing 42 volunteers for today’s event, which is a record for a non pacer event. This is a good time to say a big thank you to our strong band of volunteers. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to hold the event, so please try to give our marshals and other volunteers a thank you (or hi-five if you are unable to get any words out as you run past them!) I have marshalled before and I definitely appreciate this (I’m sure others would too), and even a smile or grunt means a lot. If you are able to volunteer in the future, please put your name forward. It is an easy and truly valuable way to give back to parkrun.

Whilst on the subject of volunteers, a special thank you needs to go to David O’Brien (our Event Director). He has gone above and beyond parkrun volunteering duties to get the results out to all our participants today. As some of you may know from social media posts, there were complications with the results following some runners not taking finish tokens. As a reminder, please, please, please, even if you don’t want to record a time against your name, please take a finish token, and then hand it in at the bandstand, even if you don’t scan or have a parkrun barcode. If you don’t take a finish token, this creates serious challenges with the results process as the finish tokens and the timings get out of synch, and with 500+ parkrunners this is a huge effort to sort out. David, I hope you had a strong coffee or two at the time, and have since had a chance to have a beer. You definitely deserve it, along with a big round of applause next Saturday after spending much of your Saturday sorting this out.

Congratulations to 58 runners who achieved a PB. Also, congratulations to those of you who reached a milestone today. Jeff Webster, James Chalk, Louise Hawker and Cliff Patey all achieved their 50 milestones and Nathan Farraud reached the junior 10 milestone. In addition, Peter Hobday, a Raphael regular, reached the unofficial 200 milestone.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Daniel Elwood (SM30-34) of Havering ’90 Joggers was first over the line in 17:36 and achieved a PB.
Mark Fanning (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:48 and achieved a PB.
Simon Knightbridge (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:39 and achieved a PB.
Female placings:
Ursula Abbott (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (49th overall) over the line in 22:20.
Charlotte Olson (SW20-24) of Brentwood Running Club was second (63rd overall) over the line in 22:52.
Deborah Knightbridge (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (88th overall) over the line in 24:04.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
James Johnson (VM55-59) (Unattached) – 78.40% with a time of 19:36 (10th overall)
Peter Salmon (VM50-54) of Dagenham 88 Runners – 77363% with a time of 19:09 (7th overall)
Simon Knightbridge (VM45-49) (Uanttached) - 76.59% with a time of 18:39 (3rd overall)

Interesting Fact/Did You Know?
We have had a total of 1,426 parkrunners complete our three events this year. To give an indication of how our parkrun has grown, it took three months (or 13 events) for us to reach this total, when this event was first set-up with the inaugural event taking place back on 2 May 2015!