Worcester 15/12/2012 : Guinea Pigs Everywhere…

It was fab to see everyone this week, having been sick last week and not able to stay around for the parkrun.  It was all about Tessa Carr at the start of the run as he not only was named "parkrunner of the month", she also was making her 50th run, and was determined to be beat Mum Alison, and so she did, with a little of bit of interference from Michael Conner in the finish straight.

If you hadn't noticed Emma was getting all the "Guinea Pigs" ready for her study, about personality and pacing strategy, its all totally anonymous and should  make very interesting reading when the study is complete.

It was a good start with no spills on the paddock that had suffered the worst of the rain, and all the hard work by the volunteers had left just a couple of puddles on the track by Hospital bend. With and quick skip we were all over them and onto Badgers Hill and Recovery Bank.  The finish proved a little slippy and there were a few skids and slips but no trips. Derek, on timer, bore a good few splashes of mud from the finshers ending up with muddy polkerdots all over his jeans, we think it might catch on in town. All the Guinea Pigs made it round with a hitch, Steve Roode giving his effort level as 29 out of 20 in the finishing straight, look out Usain Bolt he's got Overdrive!!!

Special mention to Tina Collins who is relatively new to running and managed to break the 40 minute mark for the first time, congratulations. Other PB ers Jane HALL 27:55, Gerard F SMITH 25:16, Kate ADAMS 30:27, Verity FARR 27:53, Yvonne RALPHS 28:33, Gerry RUDOLF 26:57, Tyna COLLINS 39:42, Jon PURVES 20:49, Thomas BODEN 19:50, Spike BURNAGE 27:55, Clark LAWSON 24:52.

Thanks everyone for making another great Worcester pakrun and don't forget your Santa gear next week!!!

Happy Running
Rich

Here are the statistics from this weeks run....

Men's placings:
Tom STOCK (JM15-19) of Worcester AC, was first over the line in 18:31 - first time in 4 appearances.
Richard RALPHS (VM40-44) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:42.
Matthew FITZGERALD (SM35-39) of Black Pear Joggers, was third over the line in 18:53.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2180 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2105 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 1991 pts.

Women's placings:
Naomi SHAYLOR (VW40-44) of Cani-Cross, was first (14th overall) over the line in 20:31 - first appearance.
Mia O'CONNELL (JW15-19) of Cheltenham & County Harriers, was second (16th overall) over the line in 20:42.
Ellen HEMSWORTH (SW25-29) of Worcester Tri Club, was third (25th overall) over the line in 22:33.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2277 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2045 pts.
Bethan STIMSON (Black Pear Joggers) 1932 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Carol COWLEY (VW60-64) was graded 82.30 % for the time 23:55 (36th overall).
Lewis STERNKOPF (JM14) was graded 75.85 % for the time 19:07 (6th overall).
Michael STOCK (VM45-49) was graded 75.52 % for the time 19:04 (5th overall).

This week there were 94 runners, of whom 7 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,547 different runners, including participants from 139 athletics clubs, have completed 7,507 runs covering a total distance of 37,535 km, and there have been 1,943 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Alison LAVENDER who ran in a time of 18:13 on 1st September 2012 (event number 63).
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.