It was a big day at parkrun today as we saw first-time Durham, NC parkrunner Gavin Finlay set a new course record of 16:33, just 2 seconds faster than the previous record held since 2014 by Fred Ward. Well done, Gavin!
Congratulations are also in order for Cameron Kelly on the occasion of his 10th run - that's a big deal for these young parkrunners - and his 5th PR, which he earned by besting his last PR by more than a minute! Cameron worked really hard to get here, and we look forward to many more runs with him.
There was something in the air this morning that made many run a bit faster. It could be the hint of spring, or it could be that it was a full 18°F warmer than it was last Saturday and felt positively balmy at 47°F. Besides Cameron Kelly's PR, others with new personal records were Rebeca Cabrera, Kim Cerillo (and on her second ever parkrun!), Pete Rubinas, Anne Vail (a PR after so many runs - 58 in total - is something to cherish), Chris Walker, and Richard Weinberg. Congratulations to these 7 brilliant runners and to all those who may not have set a personal record but still achieved what they set out to this morning.
Record-setter Gavin Finlay was one of our newbies. Also running with us for the first time was Jim Cunningham. Welcome, guys, and we hope you'll both be back!
Thank you to our volunteers Gordon Keeler, Julie Messina, William Schmitz, Kendra Stumpf, Jack Vail, Martin Warters, and Carlos Webb. Y'all make this thing happen!
Gavin FINLAY (VM35-39) of Sportsworld, was first over the line in 16:33 - first appearance.
Will ERICSON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:57 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Brian TAJLILI (SM30-34) of Carolina Godiva Track Club, was third over the line in 19:24 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Gordon KEELER (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 2737 pts.
David CROMER (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 2409 pts.
Eric WARD (Unattached) 2000 pts.
Denise LARSON (VW55-59) of Carolina Godiva Track Club, was first (16th overall) over the line in 26:46 - 5th time in 26 appearances.
Melinda BEAVER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (18th overall) over the line in 28:17 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
Karyn KELLY (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (20th overall) over the line in 28:52.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Melinda BEAVER (Unattached) 2514 pts.
Anne VAIL (Unattached) 2415 pts.
Janet CROMER (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 2401 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Gavin FINLAY (VM35-39) was graded 79.66% for the time 16:33 (first overall).
Alan KELLY (VM45-49) was graded 72.08% for the time 19:49 (4th overall).
David CROMER (VM65-69) was graded 72.04% for the time 24:12 (11th overall).
This week there were 32 runners, of whom 2 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.
Durham NC parkrun started on 29th June 2013, and since then 569 different runners, including participants from 43 athletics clubs, have completed 2,519 runs covering a total distance of 12,595 km, and there have been 478 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Lindsey SCHERF who ran in a time of 00:17:04 on 2015-12-26 (event number 129).
The male record is held by Gavin FINLAY who ran in a time of 00:16:33 on 2016-02-20 (event number 136).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine WIDES who recorded a 89.21% run (22:43) on 5th October 2013 (event number 15).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Durham NC parkrun Results Page.