Parkrun #93 – Hilary’s story


Hello, Natalie here - I remember when tail walking last year chatting to a lovely lady who was just starting out at parkrun, and was worried she would be holding up her daughter as they were supposed to be going to the supermarket. This lady has now become a bit of an uber tourist visting many different parkruns with daughter Alison (one of our RDs) but as we all know there is no place like home and as a team we are so pleased to see Hilary Fraser doing her 50th run this weekend :-) she has kindly taken the time to write this weeks run report:

In the beginning, at my first parkrun I completed it in 55:48.

This weekend is a double celebration as it's my 68th birthday (on Sunday) and I also reached my 50th milestone run. This week I finished in 43:24 which I think is amazing.

When i got up this morning I was thinking that it was a big weekend, I've waited a long time for it to happen.

It was freezing cold but I still wanted to do it.


I just wanted to get on with it. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, even though I've finished 49 others. Finishing 49 doesn't mean as much to me as 50.

There have been weeks where I've not felt like running but I've still done it because I wanted to get to the end. I've enjoyed the company along the way.


If someone had suggested this would be me 18 months ago I wouldn't believe them. Even when I walked my first lap the first time I came along I never believed I could finish all three.

I've learned that I'm determined enough to do it.


Having people congratulate me on their way around today as they passed me meant a lot to me.

The second lap is my hardest as I can feel myself slow down. I see people pass me and I want to keep up but I feel like I'm going slower.

This week Alison (my daughter) got me to the finish. After she finished she ran back to find me – I was still by the river.


As I'm coming into the funnel I tell myself to be like Mo Farah and sprint to the end. I wish I had that speed for the rest of the 5km!


If I can do it anyone can do it. Age is inconsequential. You've got to want to do it from inside and then it doesn't matter.

Hilary Fraser

[Thank you Hilary, Happy Birthday and well done - we look forward to celebrating your 100th with you!]

And now on to the numbers:

This week 303 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Natalie DELLAR • John WORTHINGTON • Stella TOLHURST • Susan HUNT • Angela COX • Sue TEALE • Simon PIPE • Beverley BRIGDEN • Paul HODGES • Finlay HUTCHINSON • Hannah STENNING • Sara BARSLEY • Simon WILLIAMS • Alison KING • Michael OLIVER • Phoebe HOWAT • Kate FEATHERSTONE • Paul PICKERING • Clare WHYTE • James BAKER • Sarah GRIFFITHS • Megan ROGERS • Hilary FRASER • Louis BARNARD • Ella COLORADO • Alan GREEN • Elliott BAXTER • Iain TAYLOR • James GREEN • Carmela COLORADO • Alex WOOD • Alice DENYER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

Ladies Placings 

1. Tara Grovesnor 18:18

2. Hollie Web 19:43

3 Joanne Scott 19:49

Mens Placings 

1. Joshua Newman 16:59

2. Alex Doherty 17:07

3. Jonathan Ashley 17:27

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Unknown ATHLETE (F) who recorded a time of 16:27 on 24th December 2016 (event number 44).
The male record is held by Ed KNUDSEN who recorded a time of 15:49 on 16th September 2017 (event number 83).
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 5,105 participants have completed 23,627 parkruns covering a total distance of 118,135 km, including 5,085 new Personal Bests.

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