Worcester parkrun #84, Its a 50 Blitz!

Worcester parkrun, Event number 84, 26th January 2013

With everyone eager to parkrun this week after last weeks cancellation, it was an odd to be praising the sound of rain lashing down on the flat roof on Friday night.  The morning of the run and we were treated to some lovely winter sunshine. We shifted and adjusted the course to miss the remainder of the ice and apart from the exit to the paddock we were good to go. Thanks to Richard Cowley for his help smashing through this ice with his boot and my trusty spade shoveling a route through.

I do have some news about the pre-race signs team, Mr Broom unfortunately left his head on the course after meeting with a particularly big patch of ice, he is in intensive care, and the signs are good for a full recovery.  We are hoping that with a dip into our small donations fund we can patch him up, his best buddy Mr Bucket is looking after him.

Whilst Richard and I were smashing the ice Maddie was atop the table giving everyone a thorough safety briefing, thanks for taking notice and taking care. As well as this we had lots of people picking up their 50 shirts so congratulations to you all. A few juniors are waiting for t-shirts, because of the big demand for J10 shirts we have run out of a lot of sizes, soon as they come in we'll let you know.

We got the run off and everyone came pilling through the paddock and thankfully everyone still upright and with smiles on their face, and took heed of our warnings and headed into the woods and the clear paths. We had one slip, Vonnie (my wife) who has a big bruise on her ermmmm upper thigh, but is fine. After the first lap their were some close groups and Peter Brooks was out front, down from Brueton parkrun which had to cancel this week.  He kept the lead finishing first. Ian Radford whom we've not seen since July came home 2nd, and Mathew Fitzgerald of Black Pear Joggers in 3rd. Wendy Holmes a cani cross (with dog) runner were first in the female category just missing out on a sub 20 with a 20:02.  A great debut from first timer Emilly Morrall gave her a 2nd finisher  and Sarah Kellett was in 3rd with a new PB to her name, congratulations.

We had 14 PB's on Saturday, Zach Butcher standing out, completing his 14th run and bagging a PB. Congratulations Zach and all the PB baggers!.

A BIG thank you to all the volunteers, we really needed you this week. We're always on the alert for volunteers so please let us know if you can give up a week to help out by emailing, worcesterhelpers@parkrun.com, our future roster can be seen on the website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/worcester/futureroster/

This weeks hero's who volunterd for you are, is it time you did...........?
Anne RALPHS  •  Carole RUDOLF  •  Derek HOBBY  •  Elaine MARSTON  •  Jack CALE  •  James GOLDBY  •  Laura BESSANT  •  Leonardo TAGGIO  •  Richard COWLEY  •  Richard RALPHS  •  Sally GUILLAUME  •  Simon GALLAGHER  •  Wendy Bonita COLE

Thanks all, have a great week of running on the ice free roads and trails of Worcester and hope to see you for another special Worcester parkrun, just see the facebook page for more details.

Here are all the statistics from this weekends run.....


Men's placings:
Peter Harry BROOKES (JM15-19) of Holmfirth Harriers AC, was first over the line in 18:16 - second time in 2 appearances.
Ian RADFORD (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:59.
Matthew FITZGERALD (SM35-39) of Black Pear Joggers, was third over the line in 19:31.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2649 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2493 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2377 pts.

Women's placings:
Wendy HOLMES (VW45-49) of Cani-Cross, was first (6th overall) over the line in 20:02 - third time in 3 appearances.
Emily MORRALL (SW30-34) of Droitwich AC, was second (17th overall) over the line in 22:45.
Sarah KELLETT (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (29th overall) over the line in 23:55.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2818 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2542 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2293 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Carol COWLEY (VW60-64) was graded 81.45 % for the time 24:10 (35th overall).
Wendy HOLMES (VW45-49) was graded 80.87 % for the time 20:02 (6th overall).
Peter Harry BROOKES (JM15-19) was graded 72.99 % for the time 18:16 (first overall).

This week there were 125 runners, of whom 13 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,653 different runners, including participants from 149 athletics clubs, have completed 8,268 runs covering a total distance of 41,340 km, and there have been 2,012 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.