Run Report by: Rob Widdis
Photos by: Kevin Lewington can be found here.
Published by: Emily Mason
If you’re anything like me, you’ll regard this whole “running” business as an excuse to eat cakes and stand around nattering. I am happy to say that Woodley’s Celebration 9th Birthday Celebration & 400th Run Celebration Joint Celebration Event (ooooh goodness me what a lot of Celebrations) delivered to the maximum. Want cakes? Yep, more than a Saturday’s worth of hungry Woodley parkrunners can manage in an October morning, and thank you to everyone who brought some in, and a big bananaery thank you to Kate Pattenden for the banana themed cake. Want nattering? Again, happy to oblige as the post-run cake-munching throng happily talked nonsense for a long while after completing their 5ks…..in an appropriately socially distanced way of course.
Want runners? Why not, 315 lovely souls finished our humble 3.1 miles of Woodford Park glory, with the delectable Matt Sargent being the first one back in (for the first time ever), whilst the no less talented Nicola Lee sprinted home very soon afterwards as our first female finisher. Of course, parkrun is in no way about the first people to complete the course, it’s about everyone doing it, taking as long as they need to, and hopefully at some point gaining physical and mental health benefits in doing so. These benefits are most obviously found in those achieving a personal best, which 34 of you managed on Saturday, which we felt was an excellent effort given the slippery conditions of the course. Hello to our tourists from Reading and other bits of Reading and Dinton and Bracknell and everywhere else. Thank you and hello to our first timers, we hope that you enjoyed it and will come back – we just can’t promise that there’ll be as much cake next time.
Want volunteers? Well, yes please, and happily 35 volunteers were with us to deliver the event, which is brilliant, and the Event team are so pleased that so many of you came forward to help us on Saturday, thank you to all of you. I don’t usually make a point of picking out individual volunteers but I’d like to give this week’s Run Director Sarah a massive round of applause for organizing such a wonderful morning. Now I haven’t told her this yet but I was so impressed that I’m going to get her to be Run Director for our next birthday in 2022 too, so put a date in your diaries for the 8th of October, and start thinking about baking already…..
Here’s the stats...
This week 315 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 35 volunteers:
Nigel S HOULT • Maria Jesus INIGUEZ DE CIRIANO • David Howard CASWELL • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Lorna MCLEOD • Richard MASON • Matt TYE • Hilary RENNIE • Emily MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Sarah DREW • Rob WIDDIS • Kate PATTENDEN • Sarah HILLING • Suzanne BYRNE • Kevin LEWINGTON • Geoff WHITE • Graham BOYCE • Jennifer CASSIDY • Elizabeth CASSIDY • Veronika ROYLE • Jonathan KERSHAW • Jan KERSHAW • Katheryn SUMNER • Vicki SMITH • Alex BENNELL • Amelia THOMPSON • Sarah BATE • Harriet BYRNE • Sushama KHANDEKAR • Brian OXBROUGH • Steve WILSON • Chloe WILSON • Bruce HUNTER • Nathan HUNTER
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 Lauren CHURCH who recorded a time of 17:19 on 2nd October 2021 (event number 398).
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 11,114 participants have completed 106,610 parkruns covering a total distance of 533,050 km, including 17,073 new Personal Bests. A total of 926 individuals have volunteered 8,602 times.