And the Somerdale Pavilion RD did read from the parkrun scriptures as follows:
And there was sent rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and the weather shall wipe from the face of the earth every Somerdale parkrun that was scheduled between November and February.
And Matt and his fellow RDs entered the pavilion to escape the waters of the flood. Pairs of hi-viz heroes, joined them in the pavilion, two by two.
And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the pavilion high above the earth. The waters rose and covered the fields to a depth of more than four inches.
... and then the rain cleared and a sprig of an olive branch was carried by a dove, or was it an RD dressed as a duck? And the RDs said "it's probably time we put on a parkrun...." It was time for event no 53!
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped to put on the event. We are particularly grateful for their sustained efforts given the numerous cancellations in recent weeks!
First male finisher was Luke Hodson on his SPP debut, in a very creditable 19:34 (particularly given that the course was pretty much 100% mud). First female finisher was Sally Curnow - a fitting reward on her 9th run with us at SPP with a very tidy 73% age grading score. The best age graded finish was by John Shorrock at 74.5%.
Congratulations go to Nicola Giblin, Paul Wells and Daniel Axe on their respective parkrun debuts. Just 49 more to go for the hallowed red '50' tee shirt.
Our most decorated parkrunner this week was Mel Warren who recorded run number 373 with us at Somerdale, with 3 runs being in Keynsham and 370 runs being at more boring courses.
A big thank you to everyone for turning up promptly on Saturday too. We managed to start at 9am on the dot which does not happen often! Particularly beneficial this week as cyclists were due to be on the course from 10am....
The weather is not great for the rest of the week so please keep your eyes peeled for any announcements from John Peake (RD for next Saturday).
Until then, farewell!
This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Matt BLACKER • Stu WILKIE • Matthew BRACE • Ian MUSSELL • Patrick MUSSELL • Hugh BURCHARD • Ian CONWAY • Tina DURY • Jo HARRIS • Joan GIBSON • Gill WHITEHEAD • Fiona BURCHARD • Sue DEVINE • Abbie DEVINE • Becky GRINTER • Cory GRINTER • Nicola GIBLIN • Laurence FAY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Somerdale Pavilion parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by David HUDSON who recorded a time of 16:39 on 14th September 2019 (event number 41).
The female record is held by Lucy RICHENS who recorded a time of 19:55 on 21st September 2019 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline LAVIS who recorded 87.52% (26:18) on 23rd March 2019 (event number 17).
Somerdale Pavilion parkrun started on 17th November 2018. Since then 3,049 participants have completed 6,285 parkruns covering a total distance of 31,425 km, including 1,091 new Personal Bests. A total of 294 individuals have volunteered 996 times.