Riddlesdown parkrun Event Report 18th May 2019 – Event 429



The One with a New Course Record

Report by Andrew Bull
Photos from this Event can be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/riddlesdown/albums/72157708851756751

After a fine and dry week, it was a warm but overcast morning at Riddlesdown. The ground was dry and hard. Perfect conditions for breaking records… (spoiler alert - Ed)


Today's Run Director was Nicki Clark. She was ably supported by 24 fine volunteers. Brilliantly done every one of you. The volunteer roster for May is looking unusually healthy but volunteers are needed for June, so please try to volunteer well in advance so the RDs can plan well ahead. Please contact riddlesdown@parkrun.com if you can help!


On the subject of volunteering, it pays to be careful what you offer to do! This story from BBC Nottingham story shows an epic volunteering commitment www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-48280412


The good weather and dry conditions meant there were 250 finishers. This is the joint 2nd highest number of finishers in the 429 Event history. 28 were doing their first parkrun at Riddlesdown, and 14 were doing their first ever parkrun – well done and hope to see you all again. There were also a massive 53 personal bests, that’s one in every 5 finishers.


There were also a huge 16 ‘unknowns’ this week.
Remember - Don’t Forget Your Barcode #DFYB

Drum Roll Moment
Today a new course record was set by Kevin Quinn. He doesn’t parkrun very often but when he does, he produces super-fast times. This was his 34th sub-16-minute parkrun out of 53. He set the previous course record at Riddlesdown of 15:11 in 2017 and today ran 15:08. Brilliant running Kevin (The sub 15 is getting closer! -Ed)


(In 2018 Alix Ramsier ran 15:05 but that was a dog assisted run, with his super speedy pointer taking some of the credit!)

Angela Wilson earns the red t-shirt on her 50th parkrun. She first ran on 13th September 2014 and 42 have been at Riddlesdown. She has also volunteered 6 times. Well done Angela.

Daniel Miller earns the red t-shirt on his 50th parkrun. He first ran on Christmas day 2015 and 27 have been at Riddlesdown, 3 have been in South Africa.
Well done Daniel.

Stat of the week –
On Saturday, Canada, Germany and USA set Country attendance records. After slow starts the number of parkruns and parkrunners are steadily increasing.


First Male Finishers
Kevin QUINN – 15:08
Joel WILES – 16:53
Steve CORFIELD – 18:37

First Female Finishers
Rowena FRANCIS – 20:37
Nicola ARCHER – 21:32
Stephanie UPTON – 21:42


Next Saturday for Riddlesdown Event 430, if you are running there or elsewhere, have a great week.



Report by Andrew Bull