By Mark Pinney
A busy morning!
Having spent the first part of New Year’s Day morning travelling from Watford to Killerton parkrun, and with most people I spoke to there saying they would be going to Haldon Forest parkrun for the second part of their double, I was panicking a little in thinking I wouldn't make it to Torbay Velopark in time for the 10:30 start and that I'd chosen the "wrong double". Thankfully I made it with 20 minutes to spare and found the car park to be largely empty, although that didn't last long. Out of nowhere, cars were soon flocking in with parkrunners a-plenty. Some first time parkrunners, some doing their first parkrun of the day, but a lot of people there to complete their second parkrun of the morning (New Year’s Day being the only day of the year in which you can register two parkrun results).
Before arriving I hadn't realised just how flat the course is. On another day, I would surely have gone for a PB, but today was not that day. The hard slog around Killerton had taken its toll and although I started well, it soon became apparent that I would need to take some short walking breaks. Thankfully all of the volunteers were on hand to keep shouting encouragement and cheer us all on, and with 3 laps this meant we saw a large contingent of them by the start line fairly frequently.
In addition to the usual line of up of running gear, we also had a guy dressed up in a shark outfit who was surprisingly quick. I certainly couldn't keep up with him!
I'd like to say a big thank you to all of the volunteers for running such a great event and ensuring it went smoothly and safely:
Harry ASPINALL, Melanie BROWN, Rachel COLLINS, Hannah DAVIES, Vicky ENDEAN, Evalyn FLANAGAN, Alison FORD, Simon GILBOY, Caroline GILES-MEDHURST, Roger MATTHEWS, Valerie MCCLEAN, Naoko MCKINNON, Sarah MILLS, Sharon NELSON, Mark PINNEY, Clive PRICE, Alicia PRICE, Stephen WILBRAHAM, Philip WILLCOX, Tom WRIGHT
Some of you may have noticed me with a GoPro on my head as I like to video all of my parkruns and put them on YouTube for other parkrunners, so this will be appearing on YouTube in the next couple of weeks.
On to the stats....
This week we had 301 runners, joggers and walkers. There were 26 UNKNOWNSs (don't forget your barcode next week), 124 Females and 151 Males.
First 3 Males to finish were Dave BROWN in a new PB of 17:22, Rob WILLIAMS in a new PB of 17:46 and Julian SMITH in a new PB of 17:48. First 3 Female finishers were Laura WAKEHAM in a new PB of 19:09, Naomi FLANAGAN in 19:31 and Abby SAMPSON in a new PB of 20:08. Wow! Lots of new PB's there!
There were 57 parkrunners who were new to Torbay Velopark parkrun of whom 22 were doing their first ever parkrun, and an amazing 49 PB's. So well done to everyone and we hope to see you back next week.
The "most runniest runner" was Nicola NOBLE on 297 parkruns, but there were 37 members of the 100 Club, 58 members of the 50 Club and 15 members of the 10 Club present. Official milestones achieved today were Philip ELEY who joined the 100 Club, Rob HARRIS who joined the 50 Club and Oscar EVE who joined the 10 Club.
Highest Age Grading on the day was Julie BASS with 86.54%, with an astonishing time of 22:25 in the VM60-64 category!!
Well done to everyone who completed the course today, great stuff!!!!
Have you heard about "Free Weekly Timed", the parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Helen Williams? I thoroughly recommend listening to the back catalogue between parkrun days.