Hi and welcome to the run report for Valentines parkrun number #432 held at the amazingly beautiful Valentines Park.
So sorry for the lack of updates on the run report scene but real life at times just gets in the way so annoying!!!. Some may say lack of reports is a blessing
Wow must first say what a wonderful and amazing group of people we seem to get at Valentines this goes for everyone from our band of trusty and very loyal volunteers right through to the lovely visitors we are lucky to get come and join the regulars, but have to say and this is a personal thank you from me but I know also comes from everyone included in the Valentines parkrun team for the epic donations recently that enabled the core team to buy the equipment to make their work on uploading results and many other important tasks much easier. You are all so epic.
Would also like to add in this section I have seen on our Facebook page the amazing videos and pictures that have been uploaded recently are always a good and super view sadly as I have not been able to attend my own personal beauty has been omitted but for now that’s perfectly fine I am really over it I am I really am …. Really I am……….
So onto run number #432 personally I was unable to attend so this report has been remotely mailed to me by 4 squirrels 2 swans and 14 worms and a grumpy fox.
As I do not live that far from the superb Valentines Park and I was around at 9am it was certainly chilly brrrrr nice addition added to the Facebook page around 8.15am telling volunteers to wrap up warm. As while setting up it was easy to see your breath vapour in the chilly air.!!! ( shh don’t tell but pleased I wasn’t able to attend).
Jennifer AKROYD, Tom BARTON, Jakub CZECZÓTKA, Stephen GILSON, Frieda KEANE, Colin KOSKY, Gabriella PEARL, Tracy PETERS, Djamal RAMOUL, Bill SAUNDERS, Sheila SINCLAIR, Frances WELLING
Massive round of applause for these 12 legends of the hi Vis variety come sun rain snow and wind. These hardy bunches of individuals turn up each week, sure the names change here and there but they are all AWESOME!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU.
TOP 20 AGE RELATED
This is my favourite section I have to be honest, now this week I have increased to the top 20 why I hear you ask? I wish there was some perfect answer that would look superb and please everyone.. But truth just fancied doing 20 instead of the normal 10 J
This week the guys place 12 people in the 20 with the ladies bring home 8 so pretty close, always really nice mixture of ages with juniors right up to the more can we say mature runners? All giving a fine good go. Super effort everyone.
GENTS TOP 3
It was cold it was chilly but seems Phillip doesn’t seem to mind at all his first run at Valentines and number 1 token thank you very much and a very impressive sub 17:30 time. Paul romps home sub 18:30 to take second with Marshall powering to third. Great effort all three.
LADIES TOP 3
Chiara on her third attempt at Valentines takes the first ladies token with a massive PB, Eden 2nd attempt oh my what a super PB and then Alison on her first visit so cannot be a PB but wow what super running from all three.
24 people listed above I think seem to like the cold!! And the wind!!! How the heck can you run a personal best in those conditions?? Amazing efforts all round I take my hat to you all (if I was wearing one).
Some mentions as always to people who went faster than ever before at Valentines parkrun.
Richard,Amanda and Emily Barnett now I hope a family unless it’s a weird coincidence but all 3 breaking their previous PB well done all three of you.
Jason Sales 30 parkruns done but with a really impressive 15 personal bests in that 30 wow now moves into the low 24 minute bracket.
Racheal Gilby 12 runs done all at Valentines last personal best was back in May 2018 now another April 2019 I think Racheal runs well when its chilly… super effort well done
Rita Fullman Another runner who seems to be in super form 12 runs and 8 personal bests now that’s impressive… amazing effort.
FIRST TIME EVER
The draw and attraction of parkrun as a phenomenon does amaze me at times, today was a rather chilly nasty cold spring morning but still the 12 people listed above decided today was the day for their first parkrun. That to me shows how great parkrun is but shows even more how well the 12 listed did!!! Well done on your first venture hope it wasn’t that bad or maybe it was good but most of all you came and you had a go that’s the most important thing. Well done take a bow.
FIRST TIME TOURIST VISITORS
Today we was lucky enough to welcome 12 new visitors who has never ran/walked/jogged at Valentines before.
As for distance although not a fine art I can only guess to a degree from the athletes stats page that the parkrun they have ran the most is there home run.
Alison Milne and William Milne their normal parkrun is Aberdeen so a fair trip south for them thank you for coming. Then we have David Piper who ran his 412 parkrun at Valentines this weekend, of course David isn’t a junior runner maybe the time it takes to get to 412 runs he may have been when he started. Great stuff David thank you for coming.
People seems to have come from all over this week Nigel Starr from Long Eaton Nottingham I think Phillip Nind Newark Linconshire , Carole Mills Tillgate Crawley Sussex, Anne marie Matthews Kingsbury West Midlands then of course we have people like Kay Short who looks like she normally runs at Hackney so only a short distance from Valentines, hmmm maybe she ran to and from her home run :). Thank you all for coming hope you tried the café
So its free T-SHIRT time Gail is due a nice new red one with a shiny 50 on the back well done Gail do the same amount again and you can grab a Black shirt just like Kulwant and Oietunde have done hope to see all 3 shirts being worn very proudly in the next few weeks.
28 Clubs this week as follows
BADGERS, BARKING ROAD RUNNERS, BURGESS HILL RUNNERS, CHIGWELL AND EPPING FORST ORIENTEERING CLUB, CSSC SPORTS AND LEISURE, DAGENHAM 88 RUNNERS, DEFENCE SPORTS AND RECREATION, DRAX ALL-STARS, EAST LONDON RUNNERS, EAST LONDON TRIATHELETES, EREWASH VALLEY RC, HAVERING ATHLETICS CLUB ILFORD AC, IMPERIAL COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY AND AC, LINCOLN AND DISTRICT RUNNERS, LONDON HEATHSIDE, METRO ABERDEEN RRC, MORNINGTON CHASERS, ORION HARRIERS, RUN TO BE,SHEEN SHUFFLERS, SIKHS IN THE CITY, TRANSPORT FOR LONDON PARKRUN CLUB, UNIVERCITY OF EAST ANGLIA AC, VIEWTUBE RUNNERS, WOMEN RUNNING AT E14, ZOMBIES RUN.
Yet another wonderful parkrun had by all thank you again to all the parkrun volunteers thank you to all the tourists thank you to all the regulars. I have just had a quick check and next Saturday’s weather will be approx. 5 degrees Celsius so maybe hats and gloves for the volunteers and maybe not quite vest weather for the participants.