A shivering throng of happy runners gathered at the Countryside Centre for the Worcester parkrun 88 this week. Maddie was Race Directing this week and had the pleasure to reward a couple of runners with their 50 T-shirts, Annie Robson and Trevor Clark both picking up their shirts and joining Worcester parkrun royalty. I must admit to being slightly jealous of those lovely red 50 shirts.
She had some good news for everyone else as the paddock had seen some frost during the week so the usual mud had been freeze dried, this was greeted with a big cheer! As quick times were finally a clear possibility. So it proved at we had an amazing 49 PB's out of 158 runners, almost a third of the field bagging a new best time. If you are aware of why parkrun started then you'll understand that this is what its all about getting faster whilst enjoying yourself.
No matter how young or old you are there is always something to aim for, perhaps like Ian Walwyn (Wally) who is holding of all-comers in the challenge to be the fastest in the Male 60-64 category. Perhaps its an age grade performance your after? Ann Grey has to be congratulated this week for a 77.39% score, the highest of any of the women running this week. Ann is no fan of the mud so was one of the most happy people to see the mud gone for a week, well done Ann.
Again thanks to all our volunteers this week, without you there is no parkrun. If sponsors are the cheese on the toast, volunteers are the Worcester sauce, and what make our parkrun special. Without our volunteers, we could not run and would have to press gang. Volunteering at Worcester parkrun really couldn't be easier: simply email firstname.lastname@example.org, tell us that you would like to register as a volunteer, and whether you would like a weekly reminder, a monthly reminder or indeed if you don't want a reminder at all, simples.
Maddie finished the briefing and we were off to the start for Derek to send us away, starting from the back I saw the leaders go off like tracer bullets and out of the paddock before I'd gone half that distance. It was a pleasure to be running at the back, sorry for chatting, Joyce Morrison and her grand daughter we're bring up the rear with me. It was a junior at the head of the parkrun this week Daniel Stock coming home first with 18:30 (75.23%) and his Dad, Michael, position 6th (76%) so both putting in really close age grading times!
Naomi Shaylor was first female back through the finish, Naomi's home run is Basignstoke and she has completed 117 parkruns now, you may have noticed her "cool" black Adidas 100 top, something we have yet to award at Worcester. Sally Ford was next home in only her first parkrun so a great debut, although a debut in the frost, Sally the mud awaits you. Third was Katherine Smith finishing her 30th parkrun and who's managed a "first home" too in the past.
We had some more Parkrun Exile Royalty appearing at parkrun this week apart from Naomi, Daniel Pope 100 clubber was up from Poole and Banstead Woods, he had a great run, after 118 runs getting a new PB!
As I only completed 1 lap (sore foot) I managed to get some time to see the you all coming through into the paddock where my Mum cheers you through the final stretch. The sprinting through to the finish was blistering, everyone was really up for it and the times showed that extra effort had paid off.
If you got a PB well done, here is a special mention for just a few of you have done 10+ parkruns and got a PB this week.....
Jane Morgan (32:45), Nigel Dexter (22:34), Darren Fulcher (22:34), Ross Robinson (29:43), David Want (23:03), John Powel (25:23), Lorraine Westcott (23:58), Karen Cooper (27:32), David Hosking (24:04) and Paul Hill (30:56) teek a bow!!!
The final runnners came home and it was off to the cafe for a brew, and an exception lemon merringue cake, fantastic!
Thanks all for making another great week at parkrun,
Here are all the stats!
Worcester parkrun, Event number 88, 23rd February 2013
Daniel STOCK (JM15-19) of Worcester AC, was first over the line in 18:30 - third time in 15 appearances.
Mark HILL (VM50-54) of Worcester AC, was second over the line in 18:38.
Nick HOOPER (VM45-49) of Black Pear Joggers, was third over the line in 18:51.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 2924 pts.
Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2779 pts.
Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2674 pts.
Naomi SHAYLOR (VW40-44) of Cani-Cross, was first (17th overall) over the line in 20:52 - third time in 3 appearances.
Sally FORD (VW35-39) of UKnetrunner, was second (20th overall) over the line in 21:14.
Katherine SMITH (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (32nd overall) over the line in 22:12 - Was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3166 pts.
Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 2867 pts.
Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2602 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark HILL (VM50-54) was graded 79.16 % for the time 18:38 (second overall).
Ann GRAY (VW65-69) was graded 77.39 % for the time 28:18 (103rd overall).
Nick HOOPER (VM45-49) was graded 76.39 % for the time 18:51 (third overall).
This week there were 158 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.
Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,752 different runners, including participants from 155 athletics clubs, have completed 8,886 runs covering a total distance of 44,430 km, and there have been 2,148 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.