Saturday, 9 February 2013

My name is Ian and I was a selfish parkrunner (today only)

For the last three months most of my parkruns have been with my kids (one child each week).

I had a quick look at my recent times and before today I had only done two fast parkruns since the start of November (3 months), and none since the start of December (2 months).

I have been asking the kids all week whether they fancied today's parkrun and both had been pretty sure they didn't. The covering of snow this morning did nothing to change their minds!

So as I turned up at parkrun in the snow this morning I was able to think about a parkrun just for me. I could have agreed to run with my brother and mate as the three of us jogged to the start area this morning, but I didn't - I was going to be selfish!

I thought about an acceptable time to aim for and thought under 18:36 (sub 6 minute miles) would be very good given the slush underfoot. Thinking of a target time just for me - how very selfish!

I started quickly but sensibly, certainly slower than a flat out run. After a couple of minutes I caught another member of my running club, I could have slowed and run with him but I didn't - I was being selfish!

After about two thirds of a lap I caught another running mate. I could have slowed to stay with him, I gave encouragement, but I didn't slow - I was being selfish!

I was now in 4th. First was off in the distance, but I kept 2nd and 3rd well within reach. Almost racing, at parkrun(!), so, so selfish!

Half-way in a surprisingly comfortable 9:07.

At the end of the first half of the second lap I was still in 4th. With a narrow section to come (due to 2 way parkrun traffic) I decided to put in a spurt to take me past the two in front. That was really selfish!

Another runner came from further back to take second from me less than a minute later, but now it was all about time for me. Could I get that sub 18:36?

With about 50 metres to go I heard the pounding of feet and troubled breathing of a would-be overtaker. Oh no I thought (quite selfishly!), you are not having MY third place. I upped my pace with the extreme (not!) acceleration of a slug (old man!). But somehow managed to hold off the teenage whippersnapper and hold on to third.

I had run my parkrun, on my own, as I had wanted, at my pace, been completely selfish and had loved every minute of it. And I managed to thrash my target with a time of 18:12.

It just goes to show how many different ways you can use parkrun for your enjoyment.

I might be selfish, but just once in a while it's nice to have a parkrun just for me. Oh how selfish!

Friday, 8 February 2013

parkrun registration stats this week 8th February 2013

There is still a little time for new registrations this week, but at the time of writing and compared to the figures in my post this time last week....

Totalling up new registrations across parkrun globally, shows that parkrun has attracted a further 5,284 registrations in a week, 860 more than at the same time last week.

This takes the total number of global parkrun registrations (according to my official source page on the parkrun website) up to 439,521 (up from  434,237). That is a growth in total registrations of over 1.2% in a week.

As far as I am aware, there is just 1 new parkrun starting this weekend:
Lake Macquarie (AKA Lake Mac) parkrun in Australia - welcome on board.

Malahide parkrun remains at the top of the charts in the number of new registrations category this week  with 127 new registrations in the week. Malahide parkrun has only been going for about 3 months and already it is the 47th largest parkrun by number of registrations.

9 different parkrun events have added 50 or more new registrants this weekand they are:
Event   Total   This week   
Malahide parkrun2676127
Newy parkrun270799
South Bank parkrun92392
Nahoon Point parkrun244083
Lake Mac parkrun12381
Telford parkrun16869
New Farm parkrun458866
Cheltenham parkrun23557
Carlisle parkrun43155

No great surprises in the "largest parkrun in the world" category this week, where it is still the same top 5:
Event   Total   
Bushy parkrun21519
Glasgow parkrun12792
Leeds parkrun11572
Brighton & Hove parkrun10366
Wimbledon Common parkrun10018

Wimbledon Common parkrun has now become the 5th parkrun with over 10,000 registered runners!

And at the other end of the spectrum, but just as worthy of a mention we have:
Event   Total   
Wallace parkrun, Lisburn1
Delamere parkrun17
Tuggeranong parkrun19
Thetford parkrun49
Scunthorpe parkrun56

There are also two other parkrun events listed but with no registered runners at present:
Hackworth parkrun
Llyn Llech Owain parkrun

Again the top three of these appear to be new parkrun events showing up in the new registrations page for the first time. Always great to see some new events on the horizon.

On this day in parkrun history...8th February

Well I was going to write a post about the number of parkrunners that took part on one 8th February parkrunday from some time over the last 8 years or so.

However, it turns out that there has never been an 8th February parkrun, which was quite a surprise.

My maths is a little shaky these days and I can't quite remember what the calculation was for how many years it takes for every date to have appeared on each day of the week. I think the start date has some bearing on this too. But I suspect it is something like 13 years at worst before all combinations of dates and Saturdays have occurred.

So I'm afraid I can't give you any parkrun stats for the 8th February just yet.

Something to look forward to though, next year the 8th February will be Saturday and make its parkrunday debut.

I really do need to get out more!

If you want to read more pointless parkrun stats, why not check out some more of the parkrunfans blog!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

parkrun stats of the week...2nd February 2013

The parkrun statistics of note for this week are:

196 parkrun events run (up 53 on last week, equalling the most ever one one parkrunday!)
26,296 runners (up 10,594 on last week)
Great to see the levels return towards the recent highs.

The average number of runners per parkrun event run was: 134.1 (up 24 on last week!).

18 events recorded a new record attendance this week, as follows:
Event  Record Attendance  
Chelmsford Central87
Claisebrook Cove124
Cornwall Park116
Crystal Palace127
Lower Hutt137
Mile End108
North Lakes99
Temple Newsam257

The longest standing parkrun attendance record is:
Amager Faelled  146 28/08/2010

And in the UK it's:
Gorleston    156    19/03/2011

The highest attendance this week was 919 at Bushy Park.

The lowest attendance this week was 8 at Vejen parkrun.

16 new male course records set this week (12 more than last week!). The men finally managed to beat the women this week!:
Athlete  Time  
Chelmsford CentralMalcolm MUIR17:00
HillsboroughRobert BAKER17:02
Temple NewsamLeon FOSTER17:21
WolverhamptonDavid SMITH16:25
Wimpole EstatePaul MAKOWSKI18:39
CongletonMarc HARTLEY15:55
TorrensJacob COCKS15:08
MansfieldStuart KING15:51
SouthendBen PAVIOUR16:22
KirraCaine WARBURTON16:01
DulwichThomas PAYN15:01
WynnumWerner BOTHA16:23
InvernessDonnie MACDONALD16:44
LivoniaThomas PREISS18:10
OxfordSteven NAYLOR16:09
Worsley WoodsJohn BROWN16:19

7 new female course records set this week (the same as last week):
Event  Athlete  Time  
Bryn BachLauren JESKA18:10
Chelmsford CentralJune ALLEN18:45
HillsboroughSally FAWCETT19:28
LauncestonDeborah PAUNA19:54
Sunrise-on-SeaCristin FLYNN24:59
Temple NewsamHannah OLDROYD19:38
WolverhamptonKathryn MORGANS19:54

72 runners (up 28 on last week) ran times under 17 minutes this week. This is the highest number of 17 minuters that I have seen whilst I have been looking at the weekly stats.

9 of these runners (up 5 on last week) ran under 16 minutes!
The fastest parkrunner in the World was Thomas Payne running 15:01 at Dulwich parkrun. So close to the first sub-15 minute parkrun for a few weeks.

The fastest 9 were as follows:
Event  Athlete  Time  
DulwichThomas PAYN15:01
TorrensJacob COCKS15:08
Heaton ParkBruno LIMA15:26
Bushy ParkNathan WHITE15:33
CardiffStephen PATERSON15:44
CardiffGraham BREEN15:48
MansfieldStuart KING15:51
ValentinesJames CONNOR15:55
CongletonMarc HARTLEY15:55

The top age grade performance this week was:
Event  Athlete  Time  Age Group  Age Grade  
TorrensMaureen MOYLE19:42       VW55-5993.15%         

The fastest (valid) freedom run on the "most recent 100" list at the moment is (still):
Runner  Date  Location  Run Time  
Jonathan WILLIAMS26/01/2013Glasgow19:54