It was a chilly one today with our runners wrapped in multiple layers and our volunteers in a few more! The arctic conditions probably contributed to our lowest attendance numbers since November last year, however, this wasn’t enough to put off 129 hardcore and brave souls from running, jogging or walking the course. We even welcomed a couple of first time parkrunners and some parkrun tourists. In fact, two tourists, both first timers to Raphael Park (Malcolm Muir of Chelmsford Central parkrun and Ben Jones of Finsbury parkrun) took the honours, finishing first and second respectively, beating our own regular, Robbie Cooman into third place.
As always, thank you to all our volunteers, who made the event possible. Also a special mention to Awtar Bolina (our regular marshal at the main entrance) for warning and guiding all of us around the treacherous icy patch by the lake, ensuring everyone’s safety.
With reduced numbers and difficult conditions it was no surprise to see total PBs lower than usual. Having said that, 16 of you did achieve a PB, including Jane Plumb, Lisa Ogawa, Perdy Seamarks and Ryan Yates recording two PBs in as many weeks. Very impressive!
We have one milestone to celebrate today:
- Ruby Walkington (JW10) completed her 10th senior parkrun today, and 9th at Raphael Park. She has also completed a senior parkrun at Folkestone, three junior parkruns at Barking and Dagenham, and has 3 parkrun PBs so far. She only started park running in September this year, so has achieved her 10 milestone very quickly. Well done Ruby!
Malcolm Muir (VM40-44) of Ilford AC was first over the line in 17:07
Ben Jones (VM35-39) of Trent Park Running Club was second over the line in 17:12
Robbie Cooman (SM25-29) of Havering Athletic Club was third over the line in 17:44
Louise Mozzanica (VW45-49) of CSSC Sports & Leisure was first (36th overall) over the line in 23:12
Lisa Ogawa (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (49th overall) over the line in 25:18, and achieved a PB.
Gemma Southren (SW25-29) (Unattached), was third (50th overall) over the line in 25:18
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Malcolm Muir (VM40-44) of Ilford AC – 81.60% with a time of 17:07 (1st overall)
Ben Jones(VM35-39) of Trent Park Running Club – 78.78% with a time of 17:12 (2nd overall)
Martin George Chester (VM45-49) of Havering Athletic Club – 78.00% with a time of 18:28 (4th overall)
Did you know?
You may have heard during the run briefing Time FM are running their ‘Give a Child a Christmas’ appeal again this year. This helps children across the local area who won’t be surrounded by family and presents. They are looking for donations of presents suitable for children. If you would like to support this appeal, please bring a present and drop it off at the bandstand next Saturday (it doesn’t have to be wrapped, but next Saturday is the last collection date), and it will be passed on to Time FM to brighten a child’s Christmas this year.