24 July 2021
So, how’s it been for you?
497 days since the last parkrun. Lockdowns, isolation, missing family (particularly family abroad), births, new relationships (and separations), sickness and deaths. What’s your story?
It was clear in the nervous twitchy conversations on Saturday morning that we have missed this part of our story. The micro conversations, the rituals and, clearly, some of us are out of practice with the light casual conversations with friends not made yet.
But we were the 319 runners and 34 volunteers… we’d sanitised, checked the briefing on facebook, we were here and about to be catapulted into world wide posterity.
Simon & Sue TEALE were RDs of the day and started the briefing with thank yous. For the incredible support from Stratford District Council and in particular Danny TOLHURST who has been the main contact and support for the past 5 years.
Then the volunteers who made sure that we could run safely and within the Covid framework: please do take a turn from time to time if you are able – all training provided. Thanks, reminders, a little seeding in this time of Covid where you are asked to pick your start place – rocket fuel, coffee, value for money - and we were off.
And the this is where we are going to be different today, because today was rather exciting.
Back in December 2011, Warwick born parkrunner Adam FOGG A212424 ran his first parkrun at Leamington Spa as a JM11-14 in a tidy time of 22:01. He took a minute off the next time he ran (Christmas Day) then vanished back to Australia. He turns up in Stratford in 2017 for a couple of runs, first finisher for both, leaving a PB of 16:46 then back to Australia where he grew up and his home parkrun of Wynnum. Moving to the USA to study Business at Drake University in De Moines, Iowa on a running scholarship, he is reduced to parkrun in the holidays.
parkrun came back this weekend and Adam is on holiday from uni in the USA and his family have now returned from Australia to live in Stratford. Most of us have a discussion with someone before we parkrun – no different for Adam, he had a chat with his coach to get permission. The previous course record of 15:31 was set by Ronny WILSON on 5 Jan 2019, this morning Adam overtook the tail walkers twice on their first lap before smashing the previous record totally in a time of 14:29. He was the fastest parkrunner in the world on the return to parkrun in England day.
Official fastest global parkrun times for the week https://www.parkrun.com/results/sub17/
Adam is a 1500m runner – some 10k cross country in his schedule the rest of this year – but mostly he competes over the shorter distances which is great news for parkrunners who never want to run a marathon. We need to keep an eye on selection for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year – that’s his goal. Follow him on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QuqiSo0ic8 and on strava https://www.strava.com/athletes/4814818 .
However exciting it was to host the fastest today, parkrun is really mostly about the personal achievement and being active with friends. Welcome to the 15 of you who joined us for your very first parkrun and the three of you came for a second run. Huge congratulations to Harry SINCLAIR who joined the junior 10 club. A super huge well done to new 50 club members James LOCKYER and Victoria GOULD and congratulations too to Nigel CHIDGEY and William MAYES who joined the 100 club. It’s been a long time to wait for your milestone run, may the tshirt fairies be kind. 70 of you were running with a barcode at Stratford upon Avon for the first time and 57 of us got new PBs. Murray HOGGE ran the year (20:21) and finally, Kate WRIGHT topped the age grade rankings at a whopping 94.82%.
When I checked in with Adam, I asked him what his top 3 parkruns were. Here’s his list: Stratford – it must be the swan poo, Wynnum in Australia and Amager Strandpark in Denmark. If you are new to parkrun then follow Adam’s example of taking your barcode with you at all times and find different locations to parkrun. If you’ve forgotten your barcode then follow this link https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/205632182-How-do-I-find-my-barcode-
So, next week. Back to normal – time to cancel everything else that might be scheduled for a Saturday at 9: time to have barcodes stored again in phone cases, cars, shoes, around wrists or tags on trainers. Time to look forward to the good conversations, volunteer a little, tour a little, and the benefit of a weekly walk, jog or run with friends.
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Ben ALLEN, Kate ALLEN, Emma BAKER, James BAKER, Shaun BAKER, Katie BARRITT, Beverley BRIGDEN, Rebecca BROWN, Jenny BUZER, Luke DANIEL, Tony FOGG, Victoria GOULD, Rachael GREEN, James HALL, Mischa HALL, Freya HOWAT, Phoebe HOWAT, David LUCAS, Gill MCGEOUGH, Hannah MORLEY-BROWN, Ruth MORLEY-BROWN, Kevan RUSSELL, Caroline SCOTT, Henry SKIRVIN, Sarah STIRMAN, Adam TAYLOR, Graham TAYLOR, Simon TEALE, Sue TEALE, Harry TEALE HOWAT, John WADE, Pippa WHITE, Clare WHYTE, Simon WILLIAMS
- 14:29 Adam Fogg
- 16:09 Patrick Townsend
- 17:02 Jonathan Ashley
- 19:37 Kate Wright
- 20:20 Frankie Hogge
- 20:50 Eleanor Bradbury
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
This week 319 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 70 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results History Page.
- The female record is held by Georgie CAMPBELL who recorded a time of 17:46 on 28th December 2019 (event number 196).
- The male record is held by Adam FOGG who recorded a time of 14:29 on 24th July 2021 (event number 208). Previously held by Ronny WILSON who recorded a time of 15:31 on 5th January 2019 (event number 149) but overshadowed by Dame Kelly Holmes.
- The Age Grade course record is held by Kate WRIGHT who recorded 97.30% (17:54) on 15th April 2017 (event number 61).
Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun started on 20th February 2016. Since then 11,691 participants have completed 66,575 parkruns covering a total distance of 332,875 km, including 11,374 new Personal Bests. A total of 799 individuals have volunteered 6,199 times.
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