Braunstone parkrun round-up (week 96)
Posted: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:43
For the second week running, Braunstone parkrun has celebrated a record-breaking milestone at the weekend (1 September).
Just one week after recording its largest ever attendance in its 95 week history, the weekly 5k race at Braunstone Park saw its course record smashed. Nick Samuels' 14:47 finish on his debut was 21 seconds quicker than the winning times clocked by previous joint record-holders, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers' James Poole and Thomas Gayle of Newham & Essex Beagles. The Sale Harrier's time was also the seventh quickest finish ever recorded in any parkrun.
The OWLS' Dan Hallam chalked up a personal best to take second place, running home in 15:10, a 32-second improvement on the time that saw him win in his only other appearance in June.
James Douglas in third place also registered a new PB time, crossing the line in 15:30. The Charnwood athlete took 8 seconds off his previous fastest time for the course to ensure that all but one of his eight appearances so far have been top three finishes.
Laura Whittle of Royal Sutton Coldfield AC made it two wins from as many appearances, running home in 17:26 to take the women's crown for the second time.
Charnwood's Vicky Callaway, a previous winner at Bushy and Richmond parkruns, finished runner-up in her Braunstone debut, crossing the line in 18:22, while fellow newcomer April Beeby of Leicester Coritanian ran home in 20:11 to take third.
For the second time in as many appearances, Samuel Elliott was the first home in the under 15s age group, recording a PB time of 17:05 to take sixth place overall. The junior athlete took three seconds off his previous time to become the fastest ever finisher in his category at Braunstone.
Meanwhile, the event welcomed back prolific podium finisher Vickie Hallam of West End Runners who finished third in last week's Conkers parkrun and was the first lady home in Thursday's third and final Summer Series 5k race at Victoria Park. The Braunstone parkrun stalwart completed her 76th race on Saturday in a personal best time of 21:08.
The ladies' course best of 16:15 set in week 19 by GB Olympian, Lisa Dobriskey, remains unbeaten.
The 97th race of the series takes place next Saturday (8 September), starting at 9am in front of the old stable block at Braunstone Park. The race is free to enter but first-time runners must register beforehand online at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone.
Since its inception in 2004, parkrun organises weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, are free, and are safe and easy to take part in. All are organised by local volunteers.
These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and welcome runners, joggers and walkers of every ability; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience.
Braunstone parkrun is one of more than 100 that now take place around the UK, Afghanistan, Denmark, Australia, Poland, South Africa and Iceland each week and is one of just four in the East Midlands. The Leicester event, launched in September 2010, is a joint venture by Leicester City Council and its 3x30 Pledge, Leicester City NHS's Food & Activity Buddies, Voluntary Action Leicester and b-active. It takes place every Saturday at Braunstone Park, starting at 9am.
The Braunstone parkrun website includes an extensive results page containing a detailed breakdown of every runner's past performances, as well as history and information about each race.
For more information about Braunstone parkrun please contact email@example.com or visit the website at www.parkrun.org.uk/braunstone. Braunstone parkrun can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/braunstone.parkrun