This week the Run Report has been written by John Hewitt, who as you'll find has a very pertinent story to tell on parkrun's GP Pledge Day. Thanks John, and it's good to have you back with us.
As the temperature rose into the low 20's on a sunny June morning over 500 parkrunners set off on the 246th event at Rushmoor, Queens Avenue. This was a special day too. It was the day that more than 1000 GPs and practice staff across the country pledged to take part to celebrate the first birthday of the hugely successful parkrun GP initiative. This was particularly important to me personally since just under 2 weeks ago I suffered a heart attack. Thanks to the amazing care I received both in the ambulance and at Frimley Park Hospital I am recovering and hoping to be back in the field for a parkrun in a month or two. However, being a marshal gave me a tremendous buzz today, especially being thanked constantly by runners and giving them all encouragement.
I was positioned at the turn and at the top of the gently sloping but quite long hill, so having been there myself as a runner many times, I could appreciate how those taking part were feeling at that point, especially on the second lap. It's a mixture of relief, exhaustion and a sense of achievement.
Sometimes parkrun throws up the unexpected. Today's was a company of soldiers on an exercise who were using some of the same route at the same time. Luckily, Rushmoor parkrun is organised with military efficiency itself, so nobody had to break stride and that includes the army lads!
The first 3 female finishers were Lesley Locks in 18.31, Claire Louise Spencer at 19.09 and Steph Davies in 20.14 and the first 3 males were Stephen Blake in 16.39, Kim Bowling at 16.47, a new PB, and Nicholas Twomey in a time of 17.13.
There were 21 runners for whom this was their very first parkrun at all, and a further 31 visiting us from far and wide. Well done to all of them, and hopefully see you again soon! Almost 80 people ran a PB today and that's in all parkruns! A special well done goes to Noah Schollick (who posted a superb time of 22.49 for a PB) and Sian Taylor who both completed their 10th runs in the junior categories. Dhiraj Gurung ran his 50th today. Also doing landmark runs were Matt Danson and William Boughton, it was their 100th. Although not technically a milestone run, we should also congratulate Abigail Fudge on her 300th parkrun today.
Given it was GP Pledge Day, a special thanks to the staff of Farnham Dene Medical Practice and all the other NHS staff who joined us at Rushmoor today. Finally, congratulations to Rebecca Lillywhite, who by finishing in position 233 today completed the 75,000th parkrun at Rushmoor, which gives us all a reason for a good pat on the back.
This week 512 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 79 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Chris BALE • Dominic WAKE • Jason EAST • Steve TYLER • Joe LAW • Ian JENNINGS • J-Lo LOMAS-PARAM • Chris MCWILLIAM • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Nicholas RADFORD • Stephanie RADFORD • Andy WARD • John HEWITT • Colin BATHE • Laura VIRTUE • Rhea HORLOCK • James EWING • Samantha MITCHELL • Sian PHILLIPS • Osama BALDO • Karen PHILLIPS • William MCLEOD • Debra MCLEOD • Darpan SINGJALI MAGAR
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmoor parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).
The female record is held by Louise SMALL who recorded a time of 17:20 on 25th December 2018 (event number 226).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).
Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 10,289 participants have completed 75,280 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,400 km, including 13,207 new Personal Bests. A total of 754 individuals have volunteered 5,595 times.