There’s a 1st for Eveything – 9th March

It was a week of firsts at Worcester parkrun this Saturday, new 1st finishers, the 1st time the Trinity we're away (explained later).

Its with the kind permission of the Council and the Country park team that we're allowed to run in the Woods each week, so thanks to Rob and the team for all their support. They've been really supportive offering advice when dealing with the public and our impact and help improving the woods for all.

Oh yes we did do a parkrun this week, I'm like Ronnie Corbett sometimes "I digress". Maddie was in charge on the Race Director front and gave us all a through briefing, especially pointing out that all parkruns are barcode events and the "no barcode no time" rule is being enforced and Worcester was no exception. It is the only thing we insist on as it saves us so much time. I stash a barcodes all over, in my car, by my toothbrush, in my run jacket pockets and still have to text Vonnie occasionally when i'm laying out the course to bring one up with her, so take my advise "stash em"!

"Soggie Briefings"

So we squelched over to the start, yep mud was back but only a 3 out of 5 on the "squelchometre". The dream team on timers (James and I) got the event started and the took to finding the least muddy sport for your finish sprints/slides with Sally.

There were a good few new runners in the field, and we managed to chat to many of you, welcome to parkrun. We saw many of you come back around for your first lap and it was clear the weather was getting colder, although some of the times were still hot hot hot. There were 13 PB's in total. 10+ parkrun PB's from Nigel Dexter 22:19, Greg Neal 23:22, David Want 22:48, and Jeremy Winwood 24:12. Boys were on fire this week well done to you all if you got a PB.

Yes! Get in! Hi 5! There was something to celebrate amongst local club runners from the Black Pear Joggers this week. The 1st male runner was Matthew Fitzgerald (a BPJ) and making it a double 1st was Sarah Kellet also a BPJ. Matthew has done 40 parkruns and always been close to the front of the field so well done to you. We think this was the first double "first home" since we started Worcester pakrun 90 weeks ago.

Congratulations to the BPJ's. Whilst many who take part, like me, are a little shy of running clubs, the BPJ guys/gals are really friendly and a great help and support for runners new and old. Whether you're looking for some motivation from fellow runners or help with your running, its worth getting to Perdiswell at 7:00 on Monday nights and having a run.

I said it was a week of 1st's and my usual spots for watching are Eddie's corner, or with Derek on timer, or my mum as you enter the paddock. For the first time in 90 weeks I have to say our "Trinity" of volunteers Eddie, Anne and Derek we're all missing. Thanks all for your dedication to Worcester parkrun and we hope to see you all back soon.

Missing (one of the Trinity - no distinguishing features)

Thankfully we had enough volunteers to cover there roles here are our hi-viz heroes.

Carole RUDOLF • David GRAY • James GOLDBY • Karen COOPER • Kazzandra CLARK • Madeleine PAUL • Margaret WILKES • Michael CONNOR • Richard RALPHS • Sally GUILLAUME • Simon GALLAGHER

You may have heard to that we have some new local parkruns starting, both Cheltenham and Newent parkrun have joined th family. So if you ever fancy a change of scenery you can take your barcode and do some tourism at those run, just check out the website for more details on the course and location.

So it was off to the cafe for a warming drink, and GIANT cookie.

Hope you have a great week running and see you all next week.

Worcester parkrun, Event number 90, 9th March 2013


Men's placings:

Matthew FITZGERALD (SM35-39) of Black Pear Joggers, was first over the line in 19:41 - first time in 40 appearances.

Chris GARRATT (SM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:55.

Jack HOLDER (JM15-19) of Wharfedale Harriers, was third over the line in 20:10.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

Chris GARRATT (Unattached) 3123 pts.

Matthew FITZGERALD (Black Pear Joggers) 2971 pts.

Richard BEETLESTONE (UKnetrunner) 2838 pts.

Women's placings:

Sarah KELLETT (VW35-39) of Black Pear Joggers, was first (17th overall) over the line in 22:57 - first time in 4 appearances.

Gillian JUBB (VW45-49) of Worcester AC, was second (39th overall) over the line in 24:42.

Emily DEXTER (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (43rd overall) over the line in 25:24.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

Nichola Clair ROBINSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3342 pts.

Michelle THOMPSON (Black Pear Joggers) 3021 pts.

Ann GRAY (Unattached) 2692 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Ann GRAY (VW65-69) was graded 75.56 % for the time 28:59 (79th overall).

Sonya COX (VW65-69) was graded 69.74 % for the time 30:54 (88th overall).

Graham PLUMPTON (VM50-54) was graded 68.50 % for the time 21:32 (8th overall).

This week there were 106 runners, of whom 13 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different athletics clubs took part.

Worcester parkrun started on 18th June 2011, and since then 1,773 different runners, including participants from 160 athletics clubs, have completed 9,133 runs covering a total distance of 45,665 km, and there have been 2,221 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.