What a day for a run in the park! No ice, no snow, and no sub-freezing temperatures to deal with today. Instead, we had temperatures of 45° with a light rain for today's three-looper. (Standing water kept us off of the two-loop course and forced us to deal with that hill one extra time.) After all the cold and bad weather and cancellations of the last few weeks, we really couldn't have asked for anything more.
Eleven runners came out this morning. First finisher for the ladies and overall was the young and talented Tori Swepson, who also earned herself a PR by knocking more than two minutes off of her time from last week. She also had the highest age-graded score at at whopping 75.72% - and she did all this despite having a late night at a school concert! Tori wasn't the only member of the family to achieve a PR. Dad Victor Swepson dropped a very impressive 1:45 off of his time last week.
Kevin McCabe finished out of the men's field and enjoyed a leg-stretcher before he heads for a trail marathon tomorrow. Also heading to a marathon tomorrow is volunteer Adolfo Neto. Good luck to both of you!
Speaking of volunteers, many thanks go to Adolfo Neto for handling the watch today, Tom Griffin on photo duty, Gordon Keeler for chalking the course, Martin Warters for helping with tokens and scanning once he got his breath back, and William Schmitz for our weather report. Without them, parkrun just wouldn't keep going like it has for nearly 21 months of Saturday running joy!
Now for the rest of the highlights from today's run, along with a link at the bottom to check out the full results:
Kevin MCCABE (SM30-34) was first (second overall) over the line in 22:03 - 5th time in 13 appearances.
Eric WARD (VM50-54) was second (third overall) over the line in 22:11 - was first to finish once before.
Martin WARTERS (VM35-39) of Carolina Godiva Track Club, was third (4th overall) over the line in 22:41 - has been first to finish on 7 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Gordon KEELER (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 3169 pts.
William HARRIS (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 2158 pts.
Martin WARTERS (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 1677 pts.
Victoria SWEPSON (JW11-14) was first (first overall) over the line in 21:58 - second time in 2 appearances.
Julie Elizabeth MESSINA (VW35-39) of Carolina Godiva Track Club, was second (6th overall) over the line in 27:26 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Melinda BEAVER (SW30-34) was third (7th overall) over the line in 29:02 - has been first to finish on 12 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Melinda BEAVER 2171 pts.
Julie Elizabeth MESSINA (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 1670 pts.
Audrey PERLOW 1496 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Victoria SWEPSON (JW11-14) was graded 75.72% for the time 21:58 (first overall).
Eric WARD (VM50-54) was graded 68.67% for the time 22:11 (third overall).
Kevin MCCABE (SM30-34) was graded 59.49% for the time 22:03 (second overall).
This week there were 11 runners, of whom 0 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 2 different athletics clubs took part.
Durham NC parkrun started on 29th June 2013, and since then 330 different runners, including participants from 23 athletics clubs, have completed 1,199 runs covering a total distance of 5,995 km, and there have been 269 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 are posted to our Facebook page, so check them out and give us a 'like' so you can stay up to date with the latest parkrun news and info.
Thanks as always to our runners and volunteers. We hope you'll tell a friend, drag them out of bed next Saturday, and run with us at 8:00AM from Southern Boundaries Park in good ol' Durham, NC! #dfyb