Saturday, 17 May 2014

Rushmore parkrun

It isn't often that I don't feel like parkrunning.  There are many weeks when I would quite happily do an extra parkrun or two every week, but this morning was different.  It had been a very long week at work, I'd had emergency dental work done, I'd dealt with all my exam classes going into stratospheric levels of stress and just about managed to get out and run all my scheduled runs.  I am still suffering the effects of the 50k race I did and my training runs had been at a pace that would not have worried a snail.  Added to this, three of the children had to be at a school open day, so I wouldn't have my son with me and therefore no excuse for a slow run.  The temptation to stay in bed was very real.

But, I did get out of bed and I did parkrun.  Three weeks ago a new parkrun started locally: Rushmore parkrun.  I couldn't go as I was doing this instead, so decided to go today instead.  I went with a friend.  I still find it much easier to go along with someone rather than on my own, and we found our way to the start without too much problem.  We did miss the very clearly signposted carpark, but we do know where it is for next time!  Hanging around at the start someone came up to me and said 'Are you MrsBridgewater?  You must meet our Event Director!'  I was a little taken aback - turns out that this was someone who read my blog and said lots of nice things about it.  The event director, Chris, was lovely and very welcoming.  I am sure he is far more relaxed now than he was three weeks ago.

There was a briefing for new runners, a pre run brief near the start line and then we were off.  I had been concerned that this would be a 'twice round a sports field' type of run (which always reminds me of being punished for being naughty or skiving games at school) but it was much more interesting than that!  Yes we did run across a sports field, but we also ran along a path at the edge of the road, down and along a canal tow path and through a wooded area and underneath a tree lined avenue to the finish.  Part of the route was on tarmac - sweet! Some of it was on grass and on (what could be had it not been hot) a muddy towpath - to be expected on a sports field, but there did seem to be quite a bit of gravel.  I HATE gravel.   I really do dislike it!  My friend, who was running with her son, said she thought of me when they got to the gravel bits!  Still - it could be avoided quite easily by running on the grass - so that's what I did.  The course was brilliantly marshalled by friendly volunteers.  There are 2 short downhill sections, but no noticeable uphills - which make this a course with great PB potential.

One thing I hate about as much as gravel is running near someone who has jangly keys in their pockets.   I ran too fast in the first mile trying to get away from the pillock who was running near me with keys jangling.  It was only when I found myself running on my own and I could still hear the jangling that I realised I was the culprit!  Normally I give my car key to my older daughter to look after while she volunteers, but she was at school and I'd shoved the keys in my pocket with my barcode tags and a ten pound note!  I took the key out of my pocket and things were much better after that, if a bit slower!  I was pleased that I maintain a reasonable pace, not too concerned that it was way off PB pace as I haven't set myself an insurmountable target to beat next time I run at Rushmore.  I was the 5th lady home - been a long time since I've finished that high in the rankings.  I'm quite pleased with that, even if I only achieved it by summoning everything I had left to overtake a lovely lady in the final 150m!  My guilt at this is made worse on discovering that she is a teacher at my middle child's school!  Oops!

Sadly the coffee van man failed to materialise again.  A huge shame as with over 150 people there (runners, volunteers, supporters) on a lovely sunny morning he'd have sold a few drinks!  There are plenty of park benches near the start/finish too for those of us who are too old to sit on the floor (or too old to get up again once we've sat down on the floor).  If anyone local has a coffee van or knows someone who has one, why not get in touch via the Rushmore parkrun page and see if you can offer your services?

Thanks to all the team for a great run!  You even laid on fantastic weather.  I'll be back with a short person soon!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

parkrun stats of the week...12th October 2013

The parkrun statistics of note for last weekend are:
- 315 parkrun events run (NEW RECORD - I believe that is now 7 record breaking weeks in a row)
- 45,515 runners 

The average number of runners per parkrun event run was: 144.5

14 parkrun events recorded new record attendances last weekend, as follows:

Event   Record Attendance  
Aberdeen 240
Armagh 87
Berwick Springs 126
Kalgoorlie-Boulder 91
Leszno 94
Nahoon Point 611
Parramatta 129
Pennington Flash 208
Pontefract 213
Pontypridd 168
Sewerby 188
South Manchester 347
Southend 271
Victoria 200

Record Attendance  Record Week  
Amager Faelled14628/08/2010
The longest standing parkrun attendance record is:

And in the UK it's:

Hackney Marshes7521/05/2011

The highest attendance this week was exactly 850 at Bushy parkrun.
And outside the UK it was 550 at Newy parkrun in Australia.

The lowest attendance this week was just 4 at Durham NC parkrun. 

89 runners ran under 17 minutes around the world of parkrun last weekend. 6 of them under 16 minutes. 

The fastest parkrunner in the world last weekend was Jacek Sobas, running 15:41 at Wroclaw parkrun in Poland.

The top age grade performance last weekend was 92.82%, by Ros Tabor, running 21:50 in the VM60-64 category at Southwark parkrun.

And a quick look at a superb junior performance:
Ben Clarke set a new category record at St Albans pakrun, running 17:16 in the JM14 category - very impressive.

Paul Freyne still tops the table of most different parkrun events attended, with 156 different event locations in his 200 parkrun outings. And a special mention for Leon Foster who has run 51 of his 52 parkruns at different parkrun events - amazing parkrun tourism!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

parkrun stats of the week...5th October 2013

The parkrun statistics of note for last weekend are:
- 309 parkrun events run (just 1 short of the record from the previous week)
- 48,228 runners (NEW RECORD - Breaking the previous record by nearly 3,000 runners! Amazing!)

The average number of runners per parkrun event run was: 156 (10 more runners per event than last week).

An incredible total of 37 parkrun events recorded new record attendances last weekend, as follows:

Event   Record Attendance  
Alice Holt 157
Augustine Heights 79
Burgess 95
Cairns 86
Camperdown 133
Catton 183
Citypark 110
Cornwall Park 118
Curl Curl 141
Delta 365
Dusi 198
Ebotse 208
Guildford 256
Gunnersbury 310
Kawana 210
Krakow 64
Lake Mac 307
Launceston 159
Leszno 85
Longrun Meadow 201
Medina I.O.W. 160
Mitchelton 162
Nahoon Point 521
North Beach 366
Parramatta 124
Poznan 395
Roodepoort 165
Root 44 176
Rushcliffe 232
Sandgate 270
South Bank 408
Southsea 277
St Peters 299
Szczecinek 97
Tuggeranong 138
Warwick 142
Wroclaw 61

Record Attendance  Record Week  
Amager Faelled14628/08/2010
The longest standing parkrun attendance record is:

And in the UK it's:

Hackney Marshes7521/05/2011

The highest attendance this week was exactly 1011 at Bushy parkrun.
And outside the UK it was 564 at Newy parkrun in Australia.

The lowest attendance this week was just 7 at Durham NC parkrun. 

119 runners (2 more than last week) ran under 17 minutes around the world of parkrun last weekend. 15 of them under 16 minutes. And 2 runners ran under 15 minutes.

The fastest parkrunner in the world this week was Scott Westcott, running 14:23 at Newy parkrun in Australia. Interestingly, this is the new all-time parkrun record for Australia.

The all-time Australian female record was also set on the same day, with Bridey Delaney running 16:35 at Parramatta parkrun.

My favourite stat of the week was from Viv Naylor who ran 22:10 at Mansfield parkrun in the VW70-74 category, achieving an unbelievable 100.45% age grading in the process. Not too many 20 and 30 year olds can run that kind of time, so she is one very impressive lady!