James and I went over to Henstridge Airfiled for the first time. I wrote the race report which I have pasted below. Alice was a proper tourist this week, as she tried out Warrington parkrun for the first time. Well done to Sarah Hill who recorded a PB at Longrun Meadow, Grahame had his first run out there for a couple of months.
Over at 9 Springs Roxane pipped Nick on percentage (well done Rox) and Brian pipped Liz at the top out table this week. Dave G got close to a sub 40 minute run. May be next time! Over at Street James clocked his 99th parkrun with his 100th due this weekend, do coming along to support if you can.
I wanted to try out Henstridge Airfield parkrun for a few months, having heard some positive field back on the course and about its friendly Marshalls. I decided my first visit was well overdue; the Weather forecast was pretty good, mild for the time of year, the temperature was around 10 °C with a gentle breeze blowing across the Airfield. The sun was around just before the start but not for long as the clouds came over, and as I sit here writing this report it is raining outside!
I was looking for a Steady run with my son today, as I have a long run planned for tomorrow. A sub 30 min was what we had in mind.
Before the run started I chatted to Danny; a parkrun tourist from Kingston. His home parkrun is Bushy Park; the place where parkrun started. Danny is a proper Tourist with a 2 hour morning journey to run his 628th parkrun! At 8.50 the run brief was given no mile stones today or Birthdays although mine is on Thursday (cards and pressie most welcome)!
The winter course is in operation at the moment and I was told by a fellow runner that we missed out on the wooded section. However, the course did not disappoint. The track is pancake flat, which is what you would expect when you run around an Airfield. This parkrun is a good chance to set a 5k PB. We had a faller at the first as it were just as the ‘gun’ went off so there are a few trip hazards around the course with some pot holes filled with water and some slippery sections across the grass. I am pleased to say the runner in question was fine and he was quickly to his feet. We negotiated the first 2 laps of the taxi-way with James keeping up with the pace, dodging puddles we then went on to grass section and he began to tire a little, but still keeping to pace, he always has a strong finish so I quickened the pace in the last 500 metres and pulled away and despite a good sprint finish from the boy he couldn’t beat his old man today! Although he did pip Neil MCGUCKIAN on the line.
163 people ran (some with dogs), jogged, pushed prams, and walked the course, of whom 5 didn’t have barcodes, including the runner in 1st place, 32 were first time parkrunners and were XX parkrun tourists. 58 of you recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 21 different clubs took part.
Alex HOOKINS was 2nd across the line with a time of 18:51but the first with a barcode #DFYBC. Well done Alex, who also recorded a PB in his 10th run at Henstridge. Jay HOOKINS was 3rd with a time of 19:22 on his first run here. The first lady was Charlotte BAKER in 9th place with a time of 21:46. James and I were happy to both hit our goal of sub a 30 minute run.
We then retired refuelled to the Café, for Tea and a Full English breakfast (complements to the chef) and then made our journey home.
A massive thank you to all the high-viz heroes today, without you guys there is no event, so do please consider volunteering soon if you haven’t. Hope to see you all again soon. I'll be back!
Prepare for take off! The Yellow Helicopter is the Dorset and Somerset Air Amublance.