Foggy, Funnel Ducker – 16th Feb – Worcester parkrun

Like a scene from the hound of the Baskervilles the mist and fog came to Worcester parkrun. At about 8:50 it sounded like it too as runners and the odd canine arrived for Worcester parkrun 87. There was an incerible turnout of runnners and volunteers this week. We almost had a record with 171 runners completed the course, fantastic!

We needed every volunteer we could get this week to help direct you through the fog so thanks to our wonderful volunteers. Great to see some new faces volunteering and in no particular order thanks too...
Allister BURD • Anne RALPHS, • Carole RUDOLF • David GRAY • Derek HOBBY • Elaine MARSTON • Joyce MORRISON • Lucy DUNCAN • Madeleine PAUL • Margaret WILKES • Michael CONNOR • Paul STRATFORD • Richard COWLEY • Richard RALPHS • Sally GUILLAUME • Sharon WILKINS • Simon GALLAGHER

Volunteering is the life blood of parkrun, with all that fog just imagine it without anyone around the course or at the funnel, or registration. So if your not on the volunteer list, get on it, by emailing us a Please give a week or 3 back when you see a gap in the volunteer roster on the website. I know I do go on....but only 10% of Worcester parkrunners are also on the volunteer email list, we need to change that. Oh am I nagging....right lets get on...

It was a bumper week for congratulating folk, Sam Causely collected his Junior 10 shirt, Jack Cale also collected his parkrun Junior 10 shirt sporting his Worcester AC shirt, well done lads. John Drew (pb 21:54) and Bethan Stimson (pb 24:22) both collected there 50 shirts, congratulations both. The red shirts are fantastic to see and our Worcester parkrun Royalty Club continues to grow and grow.

So after a brief presentation we headed to the start, and SHOCK, it was muddy. Whenever I parkrun, within 10 seconds I will have said in a surprised voice "urghh its muddy this week" and I've done 32 parkruns and its muddy every week! This exclamation is then followed by one of my mud techniques, I have the following that may help you...
MO - Minefield Optimist , which involves a sprint and hope for the best but has the added problem of the occasional mud explosion.
TTS - Tip Toe and Skim), this involves hoping that running on your tip toes will help you float across the mud, generally accompanied by a 50% mid pace effort.
FW - Flailing Windmill, this is done at maximum pace, giant steps and throwing your arms in every direction for balance.

I'm sure there are more I do prefer the TTS method myself, whats your style?

Derek got the start of perfectly as always and the field spread out, I'd positioned myslef over by the Sculpture (aka French urinal), but I couldn't see you all until you got within 20 metres because of the dense fog. So it was a shock as the lead runner came round the bend and his eyes locked on me, and I thought he's going over the top of me here, so I managed a quick "arrggh that way mate" and he swept past me, I figured if the first runner goes wrong we all go wrong. Thankfully everyone followed him away on the right track, we had one tumble but he got up quick, slightly muddy but not harmed in any other way. Within the woods there were a few changes of position at the front by the time the second lap was started, with Mike WILESMITH overtaking Jeremy MEREDITH and finishing in a very fast 17:08. It was a different story in the female category with Jane Evans leading all the way and looking in great shape with a very fast 18:48, close to the course record of 18:18, Alison Carr flew around too coming back next and Emma Robertson close behind.

As there was a big field there were 37 new personal bests, and the following folks have all completed 10 parkruns and bagged a new PB, Rachel PRINCE 27:57, Charles Anthony SCOTT 28:46, Paul EVANS 24:03, Lorraine WESTCOTT 24:06,Karen COOPER 27:37, Alison CARR 21:29, and David HOSKING 25:02.

The funnel team this week consisted of Derek on timer and Sally on backup timer, joined by the Wilkins and the Duncans, and they all did a great job. There was a problem though with a runner refusing to take a token, we call them "funnel duckers", now we love you all but funnel duckers cause no end of hassle with the times. Best advice I can give is when your tired from a strenuos parkrun and your mind is simply saying "breath", just listen and do what your told that way life is simple. FOr example I remember a guy finishing London Marathon and a helper said "are you OK" and the runner says "I can't be if your asking", what do should I do the runner asked, helper said, "taking the clown suit of might help".

So Elaine (Queen Rego) Marston, and Simon scanned you all home, thanks also to Michael Conner for collecting all the course arrows and tape.

Hope you enjoyed this week and see you same time next week.

Here are the stats from this weeks Worcester parkrun.

Worcester parkrun, Event number 87, 16th February 2013

Men's placings:
Mike WILESMITH (SM25-29) of Guernsey Island AAC, was first over the line in 17:08 - 5th time in 5 appearances.
Jeremy MEREDITH (SM30-34) of Herne Hill Harriers, was second over the line in 17:26.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2832 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2683 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2601 pts.

Women's placings:
Jane EVANS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (8th overall) over the line in 18:48 - first appearance.
Alison CARR (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (20th overall) over the line in 21:29.
Emma ROBERTSON (SW20-24) of Lewes AC, was third (32nd overall) over the line in 22:39 - Was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3080 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2780 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2518 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Carol COWLEY (VW60-64) was graded 82.94 % for the time 23:44 (48th overall).
Jane EVANS (VW35-39) was graded 79.52 % for the time 18:48 (8th overall).
Russell JAMES (VM45-49) was graded 76.04 % for the time 18:47 (7th overall).

This week there were 172 runners, of whom 29 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,734 different runners, including participants from 153 athletics clubs, have completed 8,728 runs covering a total distance of 43,640 km, and there have been 2,099 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.