Friday, February 3, 2023

Athletics: Hot times on cold cold day at the Thurrock parkrun

Report by the Thurrock parkrun team.

SATURDAY was a cold start in-case you had not noticed – cold fingers affecting the watches and scanning but we did it!

We had 6-parkrun tourists from Bushey, Bromley and Roundshaw Downs who between them have a staggering 1,622 parkruns completed that’s 8,110km or the equivalent of running a relay from London to Sao Felix Xingu, Brazil!

Male placings:

Anthony TOBIN (VM35-39) of Thurrock Harriers AC, was first over the line in 19:26 – first time in 6 appearances.

Jason SYRETT (VM45-49) of Thurrock Harriers AC, was second over the line in 19:33.

Jamie MACK (JM11-14) of Thurrock Harriers AC, was third over the line in 19:48 – has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men’s annual points competition:

Jamie MACK (Thurrock Harriers AC) 972 pts.

Ray DAVIES (Unattached) 967 pts.

Mark CHALLIS (Unattached) 936 pts.

Female placings:

Becky THURTELL (VW55-59) of Thames Turbo Triathlon, was first (15th overall) over the line in 23:59 – first appearance.

Ceri ARMSTRONG (VW40-44) of Thurrock Nomads, was second (16th overall) over the line in 24:42.

Suzanne SAVILLE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (20th overall) over the line in 25:28 – has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women’s annual points competition:

Lynda ARMFIELD (Unattached) 870 pts.

Linda HARRIS (Unattached) 846 pts.

Suzanne SAVILLE (Unattached) 790 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:

Jamie MACK (JM11-14) was graded 75.08% for the time 19:48 (third overall).

Becky THURTELL (VW55-59) was graded 74.50% for the time 23:59 (15th overall).

Jason SYRETT (VM45-49) was graded 74.25% for the time 19:33 (second overall).

This week there were 66 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part.

Thurrock parkrun started on 10th October 2015, and since then 377 different runners, including participants from 43 athletics clubs, have completed 794 runs covering a total distance of 3,970 km, and there have been 160 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Cheryl SACKS who ran in a time of 00:21:46 on 2015-10-17 (event number 2).

The male record is held by Alec FINCH who ran in a time of 00:16:10 on 2015-11-28 (event number 8).

The Age Grade course record is held by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who recorded a 83.73% run (16:11) on 31st October 2015 (event number 4).


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