Raphael parkrun Report #247

Raphael parkrun Report #247

We were extremely fortunate with today’s conditions. After the cold snap over the past few days and the 60-80mph gale force winds forecast for Sunday, today really was the calm before the storm. With a number of tomorrow’s junior parkruns expected to be cancelled and Sunday’s London Winter Run already having been called off due to the weather warnings, we couldn’t have wished for a better morning for our parkrun event.

We welcomed 390 parkrunners today, including 29 first timers to Raphael Park, of which 12 were completely new to parkrun. I hope all of you first timers enjoyed the park and will be back again soon. Attendance was lower than the past few weeks, as I expect more people surrendered to their New Year resolution efforts, but we did have strong support from volunteers, 36 in total, helping Louise, our Run Director today. Thank you as always to all our volunteers.

We saw 49 PBs today. Well done if you were one of those runners. One runner whose PB is truly impressive is Amy Stanley. She is a junior and not only has she completed 110 full parkruns (impressive in itself), she has run 107 of those at Raphael park and still manages to achieve a PB! As seasoned parkrunners will know, obtaining your next PB becomes more and more difficult as your total number of runs increases. And it wasn’t just a second or two off her previous best. Oh no, Amy took 22 seconds off her last PB. Great running Amy!

Given the number of runners today, we were light on milestones today (only one), although I have noticed a number of you are closing in on the next milestone if you are running regularly over the next couple of weeks. The one milestone to celebrate was Charlie Moran, who completed his 50th parkrun today and can now claim the coveted red t-shirt.

Today’s Results

Male placings:
Robbie Cooman (SM25-29) of Fraserburgh RC was first over the line in 16:46.
Tom Williams (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second (3rd overall) over the line in 17:39 and achieved a PB.
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC was third (4th overall) over the line in 18:16.

Female placings:
Alexa Joel (VW35-39) of Billericay Striders RC was first (2nd overall) over the line in 17:23.
Morgan Campbell (SW30-34) of Havering Athletic Club was second (5th overall) over the line in 18:43.
Milly Presland (JW15-17) of Colchester Harriers AC was third (17th overall) over the line in 19:55.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Alexa Joel (VW35-39) of Billericay Striders RC – 86.29% with a time of 17:23 (2nd overall).
Stephen Philcox (VM50-54) of Ilford AC – 83.39% with a time of 18:16 (4th overall).
Morgan Campbell (SW30-34) of Havering Athletic Club – 79.07% with a time of 18:43 (5th overall).

Interesting Fact/Did You Know?
Our VW35-39 age category record was smashed today. Congratulations to Alexa Joel, a regular at Billericay parkrun, but a first-time tourist at Raphael park today, who was the first female over the line (2nd overall) in 17:23. She completed obliterated the previous best by more than three minutes!