Run Report by Frankie Wellings
I am a visitor to Shrewsbury parkrun, my home parkrun is Basingstoke in Hampshire. If you’re ever in the Basingstoke area, do come along to parkrun, we are a friendly bunch and love having tourists. Today was my 10th Shrewsbury run so do I still count as a tourist? Hmmm, I don’t think so – Shrewsbury is my second home. My husband is from Shrewsbury and my in-laws still live here. I have been visiting for 27 years but parkrun hasn’t been going that long! I took part in the 2nd Shrewsbury parkrun way back on 5th October 2013 when just 192 people crossed the finish line. At Basingstoke we have about 15 people who write the report (me being one of them) and each person has their own style of writing which means the report is always varied and makes for an interesting read. So apologies if this report is not in Shrewsbury’s usual style.
I’ve only done 10 different parkruns but I love noting the differences between them all. As Basingstoke is my home run and Shrewsbury my second, you will notice a few comparisons throughout this report.
The weather today was a bit of a damp squib (looks like Basingstoke was a lot wetter and a lot windier so we got lucky) and there was the small matter of a little kick-about with a funny shaped ball in Japan starting at 9am which meant today’s numbers were down to 325 compared to the usual 400-500. In comparison, Basingstoke was down to 272 runners and we are regularly in the 400-500’s too. Think it’s safe to say we are country of rugby fans. I got home in time to catch the end of the match so got the best of both worlds, apart from the result - unless you’re South African of course.
There were 7 total newbies today, I really hope you enjoyed your run and will be back again next week for more of the same. Another 14 people were tourists visiting Shrewsbury parkrun for the first time. I noticed a few people wearing apricot shirts and tried to see the name of their home run printed on the front. The only one I could see was a chap with Ludlow so I hope he enjoyed his visit to Shrewsbury. Where the name is printed on the t-shirt makes it a little awkward to stare for too long!
We headed off to the start line after Rhian had finished the brief and as we stood there waiting for the off, something strange happened……….we started going backwards! That was a first for me! Maybe the start sign was in slightly the wrong place and that may annoy some people but as parkrun is run entirely by volunteers, you really can’t grumble. parkrun simply cannot take place without volunteers so if you have never volunteered, or haven’t volunteered for a while, please consider helping and email firstname.lastname@example.org .
It is through volunteering that I got to understand so much more about how parkrun works and got to know so many people, many of whom are now friends I see at times other than 9am Saturday! Volunteering is fun and when you have volunteered on 25 separate occasions, you get a lovely purple (although some people will say aubergine) t-shirt to add to your collection. It can be very stressful for the Volunteer Co-ordinator trying to fill the roster. At Basingstoke, we rotate the VC role within the core team but I notice at Shrewsbury, the VC is the same person each week. I take my hat off to you Mark Grice! Funnily enough, it is my turn to be VC this week. Huge thanks to Rhian and her team of hi-viz heroes for allowing the rest of us to get our weekly 5k fix. Not particularly pleasant conditions for the volunteers to be standing around today but they all did it with a smile and lots of encouragement.
I love everything about parkrun and in particular, the inclusivity and camaraderie. As I was running along, a chap in a Shropshire Shufflers t-shirt went past and shouted a general “well done everybody”. Firstly, I’m impressed that he can run and talk at the same time and secondly, thank you for the encouragement. As I squelched through the multicoloured leaves, I was thinking how great the course is to be all on paths and no soggy grass to run on. But then I also thought it is rather mean making us run past the finish line 3 times before we can finally enter the finish funnel. At Basingstoke we only run past it once! I bet you are now visualising the course and counting how many times you run past the funnel aren’t you?!
It never ceases to amaze me that before I’ve even run past the finish line for the first time, the leaders have already been round the monument at the far end and are going back the other way.
The first man into the finish funnel today was Richard McKenna in 17:29, he was closely followed by Philip Jones in 17:58 and Alex Griffiths took the last podium place in 18:04.
Maddison Griffiths was first lady home in 20:19. Special mention as Maddison is 11-14 age group and got herself a new PB. Ruth Shaw came in as 2nd lady in 21:10 and also get a lovely new PB. Jan Cook took the last podium place for the ladies in 21:25.
Well done to Emelia Boss who achieved her volunteer milestone today (25 stints). There were just 3 milestone runs that I could see (sorry if I’ve missed you) – Shell Grayston and Thomas Vaughan will soon be proudly wearing their black t-shirts in recognition of reaching 100 runs and although not an official milestone, Keith Barrow deserves a mention for notching up 200 runs today. We all work hard and try our best (well, depending how raucous your Friday night was!) and 36 people worked really hard today and got themselves shiny new PBs. Congratulations to all of you. My Shrewsbury PB is 3 years old and I still think (hope) I can beat it. My Basingstoke PB is also about 3 years old and a minute faster than Shrewsbury. Can I beat that? I don’t know but one thing is for sure, I won’t beat it if I give up trying…..
I loved Rhian’s final comment of the brief “Education is important but running is importanter (or was it importerer)” either way it tickled me! That’s true but remember kids, work hard at school and then work hard running at the week end! I hated running when I was a kid but now it is a healthy addiction.ave a great week and see you all (metaphorically) next week.
Event number 282
2nd November 2019
This week 325 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 39 volunteers:
Frankie WELLINGS • Geoff BLACK • Linda BLACK • Riccardo PENSA • Mark PEREZ • Dominic MURRAY • Jan COOK • Jessica HOWITT • Jennie HESKETH • Neil HUGHES • Chris WOOD • Ben BANKS • Aiden PUGH • Ian PUGH • Jess HURP • Rhian OXENHAM • Kate JOHNSON-TAKES • Joanna ROWSELL • Alfred DEAN • Mark GRICE • Debbie ARMSTRONG • Andrea SEAR • Laura BIRCH • Amanda CARTWRIGHT • Julia THOMAS • Teresa BAINES • Amber HARVEY • Jessica EADES • Nell BIRCH • Gareth EDWARDS • Emelia BOSS • Kate CUNNINGHAM • Cameron BEDDOWS • Ella STUBBS • Holly JONES • Karen BILL • Riley BRYANT • Lesley HAYES • Maddie HARDS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Shrewsbury parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Clara EVANS who recorded a time of 17:19 on 24th November 2018 (event number 239).
The male record is held by Andrew DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:16 on 22nd December 2018 (event number 243).
The Age Grade course record is held by Vivian MCCONNELL who recorded 97.25% (19:24) on 31st October 2015 (event number 100).
Shrewsbury parkrun started on 28th September 2013. Since then 14,123 participants have completed 109,866 parkruns covering a total distance of 549,330 km, including 19,020 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,210 individuals have volunteered 9,412 times.