Parkrun Report Saturday 5th January 2019 by Roxane Pratt
PB stays at 22:41
PB stays at 23:01
PB stays at 24:44
PB stays at 24:15
PB stays at 24:43
PB stays at 27:00
PB stays at 25:22
PB stays at 33:29
PB stays at 30:50
PB stays at 34:50
My first Parkrun of 2019 and my first Parkrun report..........
What a cold one it was at Street. At minus 3, the ground was hard, but not particularly slippery. With a separate run on Saturday afternoon, I volunteered to tail walk. I have volunteered as tail walker previously, but never had so much company. Three ladies had come along to kick off their New Year "be more active" Resolutions. This week they had come along to walk and see for themselves what Parkrun was all about. By the time we completed our 3rd lap, all three had decided they will run/walk it next time and they all ran into the finish funnel. I guess I did my job well. I hope they do come back.
At the start, James Andrews told me he wasn't on for a fast run this week, then sped past me fairly early on and I wasn't surprised to see his PB and him top of this week's table! Martin, Dave W and Richard also lapped me at some point on my walk. Please do think about volunteering at any of our local Parkruns, if you are racing or have a longer run planned over the weekend. Street tell me that they are looking pretty good for 12th January but need help over the following few weeks. See the forthcoming volunteer roster page at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/street/futureroster for the current state of their volunteer roster.
Over at Longrun, on his 30th visit here, Paul shaved another 4 seconds off his PB, coming 2nd in our table this week. Mike and James Norton were also at Taunton. James for the first time here and slipping in under the 30 minute mark. I spotted a third Langport Runners (in a LR purple top) in the Longrun photos (see below), but he is not in the results?
Yeovil Ninesprings was on for the second time ever, attracting almost 400 runners. Maggie, Steve (on his 99th run), Dave G and Ali were here. Ali was running with young Aggie Cottle for her first ever Parkrun.
Further afield, Nick ran Solihull Brueton Park for his 34th time. The paths were a little frozen, but the course coped. With the increasing numbers here (635 ran, walked or jogged the route), he had at least a 30 second walk to reach the start; so was pleased with his recorded time.
It is a 'thing' to complete an A to Z of Parkruns. Knowing I have tried 29 different venues, I was interested to see how close I was to completing the Parkrun alphabet challenge:
See my photo below, with many letters duplicated, it seems I have many gaps to fill. Many people come to Yeovil to tick off their 'Y' Parkrun, so we are lucky to have that one close. Nick and I like trying new Parkruns when we are away. This year we will try to choose one with initials not yet run. A little more research on this leads me to find out only 24 out of the 26 letters can be achieved in the UK; no strict 'X' or 'Z' available and the only 'J' currently is Jersey. It turns out for 'Z', we will have to travel to Poland (Zary), Russia (Zelenograd, Zhukovsky), Zillmere (Australia), Zandvlei (South Africa) and I haven't yet found a legitimate 'X' - it may be my 'Exeter' or Emouth' becomes 'Xeter' or 'Xmouth'. Watch this space :)