Parkrun Report Saturday 31st August 2019 by Roxane
PB stays at 25:20
PB stays at 32:21
PB stays at 27:04
PB stays at 22:41
PB stays at 24:04
PB stays at 24:15
PB stays at 36:17
Six different venues this week; the ladies at Montacute topping the table. Well done Liz and Jean. Liz was first again in her age category. No mean feat with 15 other speedy ladies to compete with.
It was 'Odds Pacer Week' at Monty, perhaps this helped Jean and Liz? Unfortunately the wind got up at the end of Saturday’s run and the Gazebo became a casualty – to the extent that it is an ex-gazebo! They ask "if anyone has a spare gazebo knocking about that could be loaned, even if for a short period'.
And "please remember that it is our 6th Birthday run this coming Saturday, 7th September and the theme will be “Pirates in Men’s Pants”!! (similarity to Pirates of Penzance is completely intentional and am already working on next week’s Report!)
It would be good to have as many Pirates as possible, so if you’re feeling a bit nautical – there is a promise of biscuits in the Courtyard Café afterwards if you can please join us (if anyone wants to make a birthday cake, that would be nice too!)"
Longrun saw Hazel, Cathy and Dave G. Hazel achieving our sole PB of the week; which she held for 2 years. Cathy continued her weekly improvement and Dave G came dangerously close to his 40 minute target.
Maggie was one of 17 runners trying Shepton Mallet for the first time. She ran her 40th Parkrun. This week the course welcomed their first self-propelled wheelchair athlete.
Martin completed his 50th Parkrun at Street, this was Martin's 22nd Street Parkrun (plus many volunteering stints). Richard was also there running Street for the 28th time, out of 38 runs overall.
Mike travelled furthest afield for his 6th Margate Parkrun. Mike still heading towards his century.
Nick and I touristed over at Henstridge Airfield. Driving through a trading estate ending up at the airfield isn't the most inspiring of venues. I imagined it would be a pretty dull run on tarmac and probably windy and open. We partly tried it to gain the "H" in the Pakrun Alphabet and, at the start, I imagined we would just go there once. However, once you are off the lumpy tarmac start, it is really quite an interesting run. Up and down grassy paths. Lots of rabbit holes to avoid and partly through trees and around a lake. Lifting a paragragh from their report, I couldn't have put it better myself:
"Henstridge Airfield parkrun may not be the quickest course I’ve run, but it’s certainly the quirkiest, and it’s an interesting departure from the usual 2 or 3 laps of a surburban park" - I completely agree. I would like to go back, prepared with correct multi terrain shoes and have another go. Maybe we will go back for their first birthday celebrations:
"Don't forget that 14th September is our 1st Birthday parkrun! If you would like to celebrate with us feel free to dress in your brightest running gear (details to follow)." An opportunity for some Flanci gear and Nicky(?) to head over there in a couple of weeks and brighten up the run?
This week's Photographs:
(2) Hazel on her way to a PB at Longrun:
(3) Hello Cathy:
(4) Here comes Dave:
(5) And here he comes again:
(6) "Odds" Pacer week at Monty:
(7) Liz toppin this week's table:
(8) Mike being framed in Margate:
(9) Rox to be found at the bottom of this week's table with a first run at Henstridge Airfield: