Words by Iain MacKenzie
Pictures by Debbie King
Published by Sam Whalley
The forecast heavy rain and strong winds arrived in time to make this parkrun the worst conditions that many of us have taken part in. The view on arrival for me, was of Hi Vis volunteers sheltering under the big oak tree. Temperature 9 degrees C. Top field, I was told, was very muddy!
When I looked at the Woodley parkrun Facebook page on finishing work at midnight, it was pleasing to see photos had already been posted and appreciative comments of the support given by the Hi Vis heroes. For example, I quote.” Proper dedication to brave that horrid weather. Truly miserable to be standing and cheering us on. Horrid conditions greatly appreciated the support of the Hi Vis heroes!”
Run Director Rob welcomed all to Woodley especially first timers and tourists. Virnon Richter was visiting from the Botanical Garden parkrun Pretoria, so I had to take a quick look at their page. Like many parkruns in South Africa it is very well supported averaging 1000 participants every week. Nearer to home we had ‘tourists’ from Bristol and Worcester as well as other places, as not all shout out their home run!
Milestones today go to: 100 Club – Rob Thompson dressed as Tortoise 100! 50 Club - Rob Holton and Mike Cotton. Unofficial, milestone 300th parkrun for Joanne Kent. Congratulations on these achievements! To those achieving a PB well done in such slippery top field conditions.
From the results I identified two running parkrun for the very first time. Well done Lesley Atkinson on finishing 145th in 40:34. Often in the results we see ‘Unknown’. In this week’s result there was only one ’Unknown’ finishing 154th. However, I can put a name to this person as in my capacity as Tail Walker I was able to talk with Claire, running her first ever parkrun, but not knowing to print off and bring along her barcode. I admired her determination to finish today and assured her she was unlikely to see such awful weather conditions again! Well done Claire and welcome to the parkrun family.
So as I complete my 3rd consecutive parkrun report, work and travel will mean my absence from Woodley until 21st Dec. I note the run report is one of the least volunteered for roles. It was good to see parkrun provide a much more detailed results page from this week. The results are now listed in Compact or Detailed form in Position order, Total parkrun order and Age Grade order. The compact results show those first timers and PB achievers easily identified which is very useful to the run report writer. I look forward like many to reading the Woodley parkrun report, who will take up the challenge of writing future reports?
Whether you ran, jogged, walked or volunteered you were all winners today in your determination not to be beaten by the weather! Well done to everyone.
Until the next time, Happy parkrunning!
Now to the Stats:
This week 155 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Nicholette SAYER • Mary HOLT • David HARWOOD • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Amanda HALL • Samantha WHALLEY • Amanda TIPLADY • Rob WIDDIS • Owen LLOYD • Lesley QUINN • Elizabeth SARJENT • Jessica DOLAN • Debbie KING • Simon ARTHUR • Michael PARKINSON • Linda JANE • Iain MACKENZIE • Brian OXBROUGH • Yui BENNETT • Toby SPLAIN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Robert CORNEY who recorded a time of 15:17 on 6th April 2019 (event number 341).
The female record is held by Naomi MITCHELL who recorded a time of 17:22 on 11th May 2019 (event number 346).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HOSKINS who recorded 91.55% (18:32) on 30th March 2019 (event number 340).
Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 9,995 participants have completed 94,952 parkruns covering a total distance of 474,760 km, including 15,549 new Personal Bests. A total of 857 individuals have volunteered 7,779 times.