Paul Williams (runner): “That my friends, was utterly mudtastically bonkers!!! I bet the party before you decided on that course was fairly epic!”
Yes Paul, yes it was!
This week was our 6th Saturday at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun.
We managed a prompt(ish) start this week at 9:05am. This compares to (i) Pomphrey Hill at 9:06am, (ii) Eastville at 9:04am and (iii) Ashton Court 9:01am. We will aim to start as close to 9am as possible in future weeks, so please do head down a few minutes earlier to the start line in order to join us at the run briefing at 8:45am.
We had a whopping 14 PBs this week, including a three minute PB from Roberta Orchard, a statistically outrageous 40 minute PB from Lynsey Miles (I think Lynsey has improved a lot since a previous tail walk!), and a very commendable two minute PB from Emily Angwin, who dipped under 30 minutes for the first time today. Well done to everyone who achieved a PB this week.
A massive well done to the eight first timers who joined us for their very first parkrun: Thomas Stanley, Andy Matthews, Dan Ritter, James Barrow, Helen Jones, Andrew Jones, Chris Metcalfe, and Eloise Jones. We very much hope to see you again soon and we hope the mud doesn’t put you off from returning!
Our first finishers this week were Johnny Suttle and Joanna Braine. Johnny has visited us on two occasions and was the first finisher each time. Our course is flat and fast (with the right shoes as Johnny proved today!). Today was Joanna’s first visit to Somerdale Pavilion parkrun, being a regular at Gladstone parkrun in London.
We had a large presence of tourists again this week. Talk of the CurlyWurly seems to be travelling far and wide, with one visitor from Cornwall today, a few visitors from Wales and a few more from Chester. (Apologies if I have missed out anyone who has travelled further!). A special mention must also go to Dan Kanaris who visited his 50th different parkrun today. If you are planning a chocolate pilgrimage any time soon then please do let us know.
A lot of the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun core team were running today, with a very creditable performance from John Peake in 23:57 (a new PB by nearly a minute).
A special mention must be made to our team of volunteers today, without whom we would not be able to put on the event. Due to the “unique” nature of the course, we require a few more volunteers than the average parkrun in order to put on a safe event. As the Christmas period approaches we are likely to struggle for volunteers, so if you are able to help out then please do let us know!
Next week sees the return of Ian Mussell as RD (the Grinch who stole Christmas). I am told there will be a ban on the "
Christmas" word and that next week’s parkrun offers an antidote to those who have been fed up with Christmas music in shops since early October. We look forward to seeing you there.
This week 64 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
John PEAKE • Fiona BLACKMORE • Matthew BRACE • Ian MUSSELL • Jayne CUMNER • Hugh BURCHARD • Gary COULTART • Sharon COULTART • Ian CONWAY • Katy SHOESMITH • Tina DURY • Matthew WOOD • Lynsey MILES • Gill WHITEHEAD • Mark DEACON • Becky REYNOLDS • M REYNOLDS • Fiona BURCHARD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Fiona BLACKMORE who recorded a time of 20:33 on 24th November 2018 (event number 2).
The male record is held by Max DAVIS who recorded a time of 17:12 on 1st December 2018 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carol BARROW who recorded 80.31% (26:50) on 15th December 2018 (event number 5).
Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 537 participants have completed 697 parkruns covering a total distance of 3,485 km, including 48 new Personal Bests. A total of 70 individuals have volunteered 114 times.