Event 28, Saturday 20th April 2013


A very sunny chilly start to the day soon turned into positive spring like conditions with the park looking its majestic best.

93 parkrunners were present and were carefully monitored by a wonderful bunch of volunteers that were actually warm and not getting frost bite for once.

Steve LEEK had his second run out as run director and was assisted by Geoff and Andrew on Timers, Rachael and Ken as Marshalls, Kirsty and Jo on Registration, Kate on numbers and Zoe on Funnel Management. Thanks to you all.

A special thank you to Ken ALLEN who at the last minute stood in as one of our Marshalls and then did his cool down collecting in the signs and to Keith our Park Manager for placing out the signs prior to our arrival.

I was a little surprised when a very nice lady introduced herself as a photographer from the Evening Post and took several photos of the runners at the start hopefully bringing some very good publicity.

A poignant minutes silence was impeccably observed by all in honour of our running friends in Boston, USA who were tragically killed or seriously injured many with life altering injuries. How this certainly puts things into perspective.

First across the line was regular Rushcliffe stalwart John ANGELL in 18:33 closely followed by David ROWE in 18:47 a new PB and Matthew McFARLIN in 18:53 also a new PB.

First Lady was Gina VAUGHAN in 21:07, Second Lady was Rachel ANGELL in 22:25 and third Lady was Rebecca MACHIN in 23:49.

Of the 93 runners 11 were first timers and 36 PB’s were recorded.

As run director for the day one thing that was in evidence was the sheer enthusiasm amongst the runners as they chased the finish line to loud applause from each other and the volunteer team.

At the post coffee and biscuits back at the Education Centre Myself and Kirsty were met with some IT gremlins that required a phone call to London and a WiFi back at Kirsty’s. Thanks for that Kirsty I owe you a large beer at The Statford Haven. Sorry for the delay folks, I hope it was worth it!

Finally a thought for the day:

To all of you who thought your run was a bad one. No such thing. Some runs are just better than others!!

Best wishes,

Your Event Team

And now for the stats....

Event number 28 20th April 2013

Men's placings: John ANGELL (SM25-29)  (Unattached)  was first  over the line in 18:33 - second time in 16 appearances. David ROWE (SM30-34)  (Unattached)  was second  over the line in 18:47. Matthew MCFARLIN (SM35-39)  of Holme Pierrepont RC,  was third  over the line in 18:53.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Stefan HALCARZ (Unattached) 1898 pts. Will MEREDITH (Unattached) 1759 pts. Ieuan COMPTON (Unattached) 1748 pts.

Women's placings: Gina VAUGHAN (VW50-54)  of Leicester Triathlon Club,  was first (12th overall) over the line in 21:07 - second time in 3 appearances. Rachel ANGELL (SW30-34)  (Unattached)  was second (18th overall) over the line in 22:25 - Has been first to finish on 5 previous occassions. Rebecca MACHIN (VW40-44)  (Unattached)  was third (29th overall) over the line in 23:49.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Rachel ANGELL (Unattached) 2262 pts. Linda Joyce EVANS (Unattached) 1489 pts. Louise PLATTS (Notts AC) 1258 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Gina VAUGHAN (VW50-54) was graded 82.48 % for the time 21:07 (12th overall). Pat ALLEN (VW65-69) was graded 78.58 % for the time 27:00 (54th overall). Clive Robert OWEN (VM55-59) was graded 73.76 % for the time 20:50 (10th overall).

This week there were 93 runners, of whom 11 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.

Rushcliffe parkrun started on 6th October 2012, and since then 834 different runners, including participants from 79 athletics clubs, have completed 2,354 runs covering a total distance of 11,770 km, and there have been 625 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.