Durham, NC parkrun Event #84 – January 24, 2015

We had a small but wonderful group turn up this morning, thanks mostly to all of that rain last night and this morning. We'll get to that in a moment. First, a list of who's who in the "I'm not afraid of a little water" camp: Martin Warters crossed the line first for the men, followed shortly by first-timer (and our first Brazilian!) Adolfo Neto, then die-hard Gordon Keeler, and Bill Harris. The only lady running the three-loop course today was Julie Messina (why yes, it does feel strange to refer to myself in the third person). There were no PRs this morning.

The wonderful volunteers who laughed in the face of potentially ugly weather were timer Melinda Beaver, photographer Tom Griffin, and barcode scanner Carlos Webb. They were assisted by chalker and runner Gordon Keeler and weatherman William Schmitz. Thanks, y'all, for making parkrun possible this morning!

The rain was the main threat weather-wise this morning, rather than the sub-freezing temperatures that we've been fighting on Saturday mornings for a few weeks. Fortunately, it politely held off until we finished and just left a few puddles behind. With a temperature of 36° and a windchill of 33°, it was our first parkrun above freezing since January 3. Perhaps the weather wasn't ideal, but all of today's runners and volunteers can probably all agree that it certainly could have been much worse.

Here are a few more details from this morning's parkrun in Durham, NC:

Men's placings:
Martin WARTERS (VM35-39) of Carolina Godiva Track Club, was first over the line in 22:41 - 7th time in 34 appearances.
Adolfo NETO (VM40-44) was second over the line in 23:37.
Gordon KEELER (VM55-59) of Carolina Godiva Track Club, was third over the line in 27:29 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Gordon KEELER (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 2686 pts.
William HARRIS (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 1772 pts.
Chris GOULD (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 1554 pts.

Women's placings:
Julie Elizabeth MESSINA (VW35-39) of Carolina Godiva Track Club, was first (4th overall) over the line in 27:48 - 7th time in 26 appearances.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Melinda BEAVER 1973 pts.
Julie Elizabeth MESSINA (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 1374 pts.
Audrey PERLOW 1298 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Adolfo NETO (VM40-44) was graded 58.65% for the time 23:37 (second overall).
Martin WARTERS (VM35-39) was graded 58.12% for the time 22:41 (first overall).
Gordon KEELER (VM55-59) was graded 57.85% for the time 27:29 (third overall).

This week there were 5 runners, of whom 1 was a first timer and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 1 athletics club took part.

Durham NC parkrun started on 29th June 2013, and since then 319 different runners, including participants from 23 athletics clubs, have completed 1,151 runs covering a total distance of 5,755 km, and there have been 261 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Amanda LOPICCOLO who ran in a time of 00:17:57 on 2014-06-28 (event number 53).
The men's record is held by Fred WARD who ran in a time of 00:16:35 on 2014-05-24 (event number 48).
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. Photos from the event can be found on Durham, NC parkrun's Facebook page.

Thanks again to the runners and volunteers for coming out for our 84th run and to the rain for not making it a soggy one! We hope to see clearer skies and you out at the course next week. #dfyb