Raphael parkrun Report #244

Another week, another record, and for those of you thinking that it must be the 3rd record attendance of the year given how it looked exceptionally busy today, you would be wrong! In fact, we welcomed 514 participants today, which was on par with our highest attendance but not a new record. In fact, the record was for number of volunteers – 57 in all, obviously helped with over 20 pacers. Thank you to all of you who volunteered today (not just the pacers).

Yes, the last Saturday of the month at Raphael Park means it was pacer week. A great opportunity for parkrunners to challenge themselves and aim for their next PB with the help of a pacer to give them the much-needed motivation to push on, when otherwise we would give in to the fatigue and pain. When I saw last week’s PB total of 74, I honestly thought that would be a tough total to better, however, with the quality of our pacers today and the aspirations of our parkrunners, improving on that total was never really in doubt, and it wasn’t even marginal; there were 89 PBs today! Not sure if that is a record (I’m sure someone would know?) but it does mean that (after excluding pacers and tail walkers) nearly 1 in 5 of you achieved a PB.

I should have said earlier ‘we had records today’ since Margaret Dobbs broke the VW70-74 age category record today in a time of 29:32. This was one of our longer standing age records, previously set way back in May 2017, but today Margaret ran 31 seconds inside the previous best. Great running Margaret!

In terms of milestones, today we congratulate Richard Rockliffe, Sanjay Bhate and Indy Rai. Richard was a pacer and reached the 25 volunteer milestone, and Sanjay and Indy both completed their 50th parkrun and can now claim the coveted red t-shirt.

Today’s Results
Male placings:
Amritpal Ghatora (SM30-34) of Nike Run Club – Clapham Common was first (2nd overall) over the line in 18:09.
An unknown runner was second (3rd overall)
Daniel Carr (VM35-39) of Harold Wood Running Club was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:19 and achieved a PB.

Female placings:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC was first over the line in 17:51.
Chiara Borg (SW30-34) of London Heathside was second (17th overall) over the line in 19:48.
Olivia Lukasewich (SW25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was third (19th overall) over the line in 19:52.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Emma Prideaux (VW45-49) of Billericay Striders RC – 89.82% with a time of 17:51 (1st overall)
Terry Knightley (VM55-59) of Ilford AC – 84.72% with a time of 18:46 (8th overall) and achieved a PB.
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC – 81.97% with a time of 18:35 (6th overall).

Interesting Fact/Did You Know?
Whilst most pacers finished very close to their allocated times, well done to Tony Rawson and Simon Childs for finishing in exactly their expected pace time.