It was like a Malvern Jogger Festival at parkrun this week, a blaze of green shirts and even a few green painted faces, All this was to celebrate one of our favourite parkrunners, Annie Robsons, 50th parkrun. Annie has had some memorable parkruns bringing her Hen Party to parkrun before her wedding and, after a few close calls smashing the 30 minute barrier just before her wedding last year. She did it in style in her 50 glasses and in the company of her husband Phillip who managed his first parkrun, well done Annie and well done Phil.
Another proud, if slightly embarrassed, parkrunner was Katie Brookes our first Junior parkrunner to finish 50 parkruns, Katie has done brilliantly since finding parkrun and has been with us through rain and shine, along with dad, well done to you.
We had a good turnout again this week as the weather was beautiful and sunnny, the paddock delivered the usual muddy start. Unfortunately with a few new runners at the head of the field the new "front of play area" turn was missed so everyone ran behind the play area, which we are trying to avoid. I know we seem to say the same thing every briefing but it pays to listen as it avoids this sort of thing, and then a panic to adjust the courses finish, just saying.
So once we were out of the paddock, and down the hill, with the good crowd there was always someone to follow which always makes the parkrun more fun. After the first lap was over the I stopped at Eddies corner with the crowd that had gathered and had a chat with everyone and cheered everyone through. We failed to notice the front runner coming through and so had to quickley tell him which way to go, obviously politely. Annie and Phil came through and looked in good shape to start their final lap.
The first female runner to finish shot through Gwenda Cavil from Morpeth Harriers, after Googling I have learnt that this is just North of Newcastle, wow thats proper parkrun tourism. Jessica Williams was second female home and Emily Morrall came back third. Richard Lomas, David Hall and Jon Newey were first males home, no PB's for the front runners but plenty were grabbed. Notable Rhys Jones 32:38, Gerry Rudolf 26:11, well done to all who got PB's! I brought up the rear, so to speak and was the final runner home, one towards the 50 club, only 27 to go.
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Here are all the statistics generated by the parkrun super computer...
Richard LOMAS (SM30-34) of Bromsgrove & Redditch AC, was first over the line in 17:43 - first appearance.
David HALL (SM35-39) of Worcester AC, was second over the line in 17:56 - Was first to finish once before.
Jon NEWEY (VM40-44) of Mercia Fell RC, was third over the line in 18:15 - Has been first to finish on 7 previous occassions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2649 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2493 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2458 pts.
Gwenda CAVILL (VW45-49) of Morpeth Harriers & AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 22:06 - first appearance.
Jessica WILLIAMS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (17th overall) over the line in 22:19.
Emily MORRALL (SW30-34) of Droitwich AC, was third (25th overall) over the line in 23:01.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2906 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2622 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2370 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jon NEWEY (VM40-44) was graded 75.89 % for the time 18:15 (third overall).
Valerie DESBOROUGH (VW55-59) was graded 75.65 % for the time 23:37 (32nd overall).
Gwenda CAVILL (VW45-49) was graded 74.96 % for the time 22:06 (14th overall).
This week there were 154 runners, of whom 34 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.
Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,687 different runners, including participants from 151 athletics clubs, have completed 8,422 runs covering a total distance of 42,110 km, and there have been 2,035 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.