By Denise TURNER
I have an intermittent relationship with exercise, and running would definitely not be my first choice. However, upon moving to Salisbury from Croydon in the summer of 2015, I started noticing that there were a lot of people running around nearby Churchill Gardens on a Saturday morning, and realised that it was the Salisbury parkrun. After settling in to life in Salisbury, my resolution for 2016 was to do more exercise, so given I live just a few minutes' walk from the course Churchill Gardens, I decided to give it as go. After a few weeks building up my distance, I nervously set off for my first parkrun on at event #39 on 20th February 2016. I need not have worried at all – everyone was really friendly and welcoming, and I really enjoyed it.
Over the next 10 months I managed to do the parkrun once or twice a month, clocking up 17 by early December. I also volunteered a couple of times which was great fun. A few of my runs were as a parkrun tourist. And a shoutout to the Salisbury parkrun organisers here - I can honestly say that the Salisbury parkrun is the best of the 4 events I have participated in. It is by far the friendliest, and although there are the fast runners, you definitely don't feel like the tortoise plodding along. There is so much encouragement from the marshals all the way round. Salisbury parkrun you should be really proud!
Anyhow, back to my story. I was determined to do more parkruns. In an effort to combat the excesses of the Christmas season, I decided to do the parkrun on Christmas Eve, but on that morning suddenly started feeling really unwell. To cut a long story short, I ended up in hospital with proper flu (the sort where everyone has to be masked and gowned up to see you) and pneumonia. A month off work and even longer off running followed.
So Event 101 on Saturday 22nd April was my first parkrun since my illness. I had been doing a good amount of walking and was gradually building up to 5k again using run/walk. My time on my very first parkrun was 39:21, I was hoping but not sure I could do better than that. Running a minute and walking 40 seconds, I was feeling pretty good. Half way round the second lap I saw (the young and dashing J) Jef Hutchby, who was the 40 minute pacer. So I decided then I would always try to keep him behind me. I am delighted to say it worked and I finished in 38:58, faster than my first run just over a year ago.
So now that I've completed my first parkrun of 2017, I'm determined to clock up more than 17 this year and keep on improving.
This week 517 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 65 were first timers and 105 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:- Alex TAYLOR • Alexander CHISHOLM • Ali THEOBALD • Alice DAVIES • Alissa CHISHOLM • Claire EDWARDS • Colin MARTIN • Colin PELTON • Daisy DOVEY • Denise TURNER • Denise VON RORETZ • Derek WOOD • Elizabeth ROBERTS • Gillian WINTER • Helen KEEL • James BALLARD • James DOVEY • Jay FRIEDLANDER • Jeanette HARDIMAN • Jef HUTCHBY • John SOWRAY • Josh HARWOOD • Karen CRADDOCK • Katie MILNER • Lisa MILNER • Lizzie GUASCH • Michael WINTER • Nicky CRADDOCK • Norbert WEBER • Richard LARCOMBE • Terry BROWN • Tim FRIEDLANDER • Tony MORLAND • Vasen MOODLEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Salisbury parkrun Results Page.
Christopher MELVILLE (JM15-17) of City of Salisbury A & RC, was first over the line in 18:13 - second time in 21 appearances.
Fabrice WEBB (JM15-17) of City of Salisbury A & RC, was second over the line in 18:21.
Dan POYNTING (JM11-14) (Unattached) was third over the line in 18:24 - was first to finish once before
Anne-Marie BAYLISS (VW40-44) (Unattached) was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:53 - 10th time in 62 appearances.
Joanne BAILEY (VW55-59) of City of Salisbury A & RC, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 21:30.
Elizabeth GRAY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 22:04.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Joanne BAILEY (VW55-59) – 83.10% for the time 21:30 (23rd overall).
Tim ROBERTSON (VM70-74) – 77.61% for the time 23:00 (56th overall).
Dan POYNTING (JM11-14) – 77.08% for the time 18:24 (third overall).
The female record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded a time of 00:18:10 on 3rd September 2016 (event number 67).
The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 00:15:23 on 8th August 2015 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded 90.79% (15:23) on 8th August 2015 (event number 10).