Event 187 – 28th December 2019

So we have reached the last parkrun of the year and the decade.  The excitement and excess of Christmas is over for another year and we are in that weird lull when you don’t know what day it is.  Apart from parkrun day of course

What’s a year its been for Stevenage parkrun.  We’ve minded the bollards and powered up the hill at the end of the course.  January saw the tweaking of the start and the introduction of two “lanes” to ease congestion. Volunteers have come forward so that pacer events can be staged.  We’ve seen a plethora of milestone capes flying around the park.  Hundreds of photos have been taken and shared.  Christmas Day saw the attendance number record broken with 453 people.  Will NYD will see the record go again?

Gordon Cowan stepped down as Event Director and passed on the mantle to Richard Glaister.  Jason Root and Ken Jude stepped down as Race Directors and Helen Harris and David Scott took on a new parkrun volunteer role of RD.  Massive thanks to all the core team, past and present and all our volunteers.  There are lots of ways you can help so why not make a new year resolution to get involved.  Join the 519 people who have volunteered since this event began.  Email stevenage@parkrun.com or better still opt in using the link in your result email.

So to this week’s action.

It was a decidedly misty, grey, soggy and damp park that greeted the 383 participants at Fairlands Valley.  This week’s RD Laura announced that the course was “officially” diverted to avoid the muddy tree bit.

We are very grateful to this week’s terrific team of 23 volunteers who made this event happen: Laura KIMPTON • Karen PALMER • Martin DUDLEY • Beverley ATKINS • Lottie BUTLER-HENDERSON • Chloe EMMERSON • Tony RANDFIELD • Helen HARRIS • Joe COLGAN • Richard GLAISTER • David SCOTT • Tim BARTON • Matthew PATTMAN • Petra WARNER • Doug WILSON • Jane MOULDER • Rosemary BIGGS • Alan FORD • Alan GOODWIN • David MORLEY • Marian MORLEY • Karl SPARKS • Paula SPARKS

First across the line was Jonathan Parr in new PB of 16:52 on his 49th parkrun. Oliver Wallace followed him in 17:19.  Next was Tom Beach in 17:56.

First lady was Alison Wood in 21:01.  Second lady to get watch click was first timer at Stevenage in her second ever parkrun was Holly Klimek in 22:22, then Charlotte Gibson in 22:34.

Congratulations and well done  to the magnificent 7 of Viv Lucas, Andy Wiseman, Matt Clarke, Hayley Stenning, Carolyn Parkinson, Helen Harris and Barry Game who all completed their 50th parkrun at Stevenage.  Extra mention to Helen Harris who is a regular volunteer at Stevenage and as mentioned before is now a race director.  Helen is doing her 150th volunteer stint on NYD.  Junior Alex Wasley also reached his milestone 10th run.

There were 49 new PBs and representatives of 35 different clubs took part.  60 people were first timers at Stevenage.  Happy New Year to you all and see you in 2020!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stevenage parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 15:07 on 3rd September 2016 (event number 15).

The female record is held by Annabel GUMMOW who recorded a time of 17:39 on 17th November 2018 (event number 127).

The Age Grade course record is held by Yuko GORDON who recorded 92.85% (22:51) on 10th November 2018 (event number 126).

Stevenage parkrun started on 28th May 2016. Since then 8,067 participants have completed 52,778 parkruns covering a total distance of 263,890 km, including 10,396 new Personal Bests. A total of 519 individuals have volunteered 3,703 times.