With boiling temperatures in the week we were wondering what the turnout would be, and it turned out to be a massive record breaking run with 160 runners coming for a parkrun. Thanks to everyone for coming along and keeping the buzz going and leaving us with no issues to deal with. We’ve now completed 50 runs significant if you’re into our cricket.
Was it the heat that drew the runners this week or the lure of a bacon/sausage butty from the local MAGS volunteers who’d arranged a BBQ for runners after their big effort? Either way a cup of squash and a butty was very welcome a so congratulation on raising your funds and making this week’s run special.
After back –to-front week last week it was back to the normal route and its familiar feel. As we started the run from the bank Derek and I did say there looked like a lot of runners streaming across the field and we were right. The great thing about more runners is that you’ll be on your own for less time, so can enjoy our run in company and learn who your fellow pacers are and hopefully get to know each other on the parkrun.
Jon Newell was first home and in good form for another good time, first female home was Maia Hawkins, that’s 4 1st’s in only 5 runs, that’s simply brilliant for a Junior. Groups and bunches of runners started to come through and although there was some shade in the woods the bank soon looked like a battlefield with bodies strewn behind the funnel recovering from the heat. The smell of a bacon butty soon drew us all up to the café area for a well-deserved treat.
Hope you enjoyed your run this week, please try and volunteer 3 times a year as we all want to run from time to time. Every job is easy whether it be marshalling, timing, registration. Its great to see the run from another angle too.
Worcester parkrun, Event number 50, 26th May 2012
Jon NEWEY (VM40-44) of Mercia Fell RC, was first in 18:16 - 4th win in 10th appearance.
Chris GARRATT (SM35-39) (Unattached) was second in 19:02.
Carl HATTON (VM40-44) of Bromsgrove & Redditch AC, was third in 19:24.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Michael CONNOR (UKnetrunner) 3353 pts.
Simon WRIGHT (Unattached) 3014 pts.
Dan CALE (Black Pear Joggers) 2913 pts.
Maia HAWKINS (JW14) of Worcester AC, was first (11th overall) in 20:12 - 4th win in 5th appearance.
Karen MATTHEWS (VW35-39) of Worcester AC, was second (33rd overall) in 22:35.
Becky HARDIE (SW20-24) of Black Pear Joggers, was third (43rd overall) in 23:20 - 2 previous wins.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3344 pts.
Madeleine PAUL (Black Pear Joggers) 3324 pts.
Yvonne RALPHS (Unattached) 3153 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Maia HAWKINS (JW14) was graded 79.04 % for the time 20:12 (11th overall).
Jon NEWEY (VM40-44) was graded 75.82 % for the time 18:16 (first overall).
Jonathan HOLLAND (VM45-49) was graded 74.53 % for the time 19:38 (4th overall).
This week there were 161 runners, of whom 32 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.
Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,037 different runners, including participants from 108 athletics clubs, have completed 3,948 runs covering a total distance of 19,740 km, and there have been 1,146 new Personal Bests.
The Women's course record is held by Rebecca L SMITH who ran in a time of 19:23 on 24th March 2012 (event number 41).
The Men's course record is held by Anthony WHITEMAN who ran in a time of 14:52 on 31st March 2012 (event number 42).
The Age Grade course record is held by Anthony WHITEMAN who recorded a 91.82 % run (14:52) on 31st March 2012 (event number 42).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Worcester parkrun Results Page.
We always like parkrunners to try and volunteer 3 times a year to give everyone a chance to run, so if you fancy a week off come along grab some hi-viz. Let us know when you’re free via WorcesterHelpers@parkrun.com.
Keep telling your friends as we rely on your “word of mouth” to promote the event to new parkrunners.
See you all next week.
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