Event no. 21 – 2nd March 2013.

Does anyone know what happened to our direction sign number 3 (the first right turn after leaving the side of the lake)? It was carefully placed in position at 8.45, and by the time the first runner passed it, about 20 minutes later, it appeared to have been savaged, either by a wild animal or an unfriendly dog!!

Thankfully our 72 runners finished unscathed. - a slightly smaller field than normal, with many of our regulars saving themselves for Sunday’s Rushcliffe 10k. (The canny amongst you had worked out that fewer runners meant this was a good week to run and gain an advantage in the points table, and the even cannier had worked out that this was a good week to volunteer, thus earning 100 points and saving your legs for Sunday’s race).

It was a perfect morning for running, and definitely a day for youth – our 1st and 3rd finishers were both teenagers. Well done to Slyvain Couderc and Zachary Meakin (and to Ian Ellwood who split them in a tight finish.) Lisa Morris was the first finishing female in a new PB of 20.02 – I’m sure she’ll dip under the magic 20 minutes next time. Gina Vaughan and Katie Cook followed in Lisa.  And 22 runners won their own race with PB’s. Congratulations to you all.

Our volunteers, once again, did a sterling job in getting the course ready for the 9am start, making sure runners kept to the right track, recording finishing times and positions, and (eventually) getting them all uploaded onto the website. Big thank you to John H, Rebecca, Will, Lisa, Andrea, Joe, John A, Rachel, Steve and Geoff.  Special mentions go to Steve, who took the opportunity of a jog at the back of the field and collected the signs in at the same time, and to John A, who now holds the new record (not that we are a competitive lot at parkrun) for assembly of the parkrun flag, with a magnificent time of 3 minutes.  (I feel a Top Gear style leaderboard may be necessary to keep track of this one).

Here’s the stats,

Men's placings:
Slyvain COUDERC (JM15-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:05 - first appearance.
Ian ELLWOOD (SM20-24) of York Postal Harriers, was second over the line in 19:08.
Zachary MEAKIN (JM15-19) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:13.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Stefan HALCARZ (Unattached) 1493 pts.
Ieuan COMPTON (Unattached) 1420 pts.
John ANGELL (Unattached) 1353 pts.

Women's placings:
Lisa MORRIS (SW30-34) of Notts AC, was first (4th overall) over the line in 20:02 - 6th time in 7 appearances.
Gina VAUGHAN (VW50-54) of Leicester Triathlon Club, was second (7th overall) over the line in 21:08 - Was first to finish once before.
Katie COOK (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (22nd overall) over the line in 23:48.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Rachel ANGELL (Unattached) 1771 pts.
Linda Joyce EVANS (Unattached) 1146 pts.
Jessica APPS (Unattached) 945 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Gina VAUGHAN (VW50-54) was graded 82.41 % for the time 21:08 (7th overall).
Pat ALLEN (VW65-69) was graded 75.50 % for the time 28:06 (42nd overall).
Lisa MORRIS (SW30-34) was graded 74.38 % for the time 20:02 (4th overall).

This week there were 72 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part.

Rushcliffe parkrun started on 6th October 2012, and since then 695 different runners, including participants from 67 athletics clubs, have completed 1,736 runs covering a total distance of 8,680 km, and there have been 458 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Lou COLLINS who ran in a time of 19:16 on 15th December 2012 (event number 11).
The Men's course record is held by Alastair WATSON who ran in a time of 15:05 on 10th November 2012 (event number 6).
The Age Grade course record is held by Alastair WATSON who recorded a 87.40 % run (15:05) on 10th November 2012 (event number 6).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushcliffe parkrun Results Page.