By Derren Sarginson
Well our first Summer parkrun GP was certainly a success!
Suspecting the festivities of the previous evening for Erin’s special Birthday may have dwindled the numbers of competing Bounders somewhat, we were very pleased to see a total of 13 turn out in the black and yellow today.
Meeting briefly at Belle Vue then departing for Maiden Castle we were greeted with warm sunshine and the super friendly atmosphere one comes to expect at parkrun.
As we toed the start line ready for the off, Event Director Alister Robson gave us a special mention once again letting the entire field know what we were up to. Huge thanks to Alister and his dedicated team of volunteers who give up their own time each week to make sure this great event takes place.
Despite a week of rain the going wasn’t too bad at all with only a little standing water to watch out for and as usual lots of support from the bandstand area.
Once all Bounders were across the finish line we decamped to the excellent café in the sports complex for breakfast.
Results wise we’re pleased to see the age rating system has already managed to level the playing field somewhat which I’m sure will surprise and delight!
Mentions to Ian Young and Colin Hodgson as parkrun first timers and setting PB times to day were Bianca McElrue, Alison Hodges, Dave Best, Dave Mitchell, Derren Sarginson and Brian Richardson.
So there we go, the first of six, the next GP date is June 16th. Plenty of time to set a new PB before joining in with the Olympic Torch Run in support of Nigel Cook and then sinking a few well deserved beers.
Todays Results as follows, note Age Grading (which is what the GP is based on) then time ran follows.
Graham Burns – 76.55% (19.07)
David Best – 73.76% (17.47)
Brian Richardson – 67.43% (21.42)
Dave Mitchell – 66.54% (22.31)
Ian Young – 65.4% (20.34)
Derren Sarginson – 64.95% (21.01)
Shelagh Richmond – 62.85% (31.46)
Colin Hodgson – 62.52% (23.02)
Bruce Smith – 62.22% (21.37)
Alison Hodges – 60.43% (26.17)
Kevin Lee – 60.37% (24.26)
Bianca McElrue – 58.11% (25.35)
Sara Sarginson – 51.41% (29.34)
Excellent work all, lets see a lot more of the club out next time!