A dozen runners, a couple of PRs, and some looming 50s were the order of the day today. With temperatures of 42°, a light fog, and winds at 5 mph from the east, it wasn't the prettiest morning for a parkrun, but complaints were few and hill repetitions high as we battled - yet again - through our three-loop (thus three-hill) course as the water and mud just refuse to disappear.
Never mind all that anyway. People show up to parkrun for the running; it's not a weather convention! We had 12 folks come out, and all of them were familiar faces. Lovely to see you again, good people of the Triangle. Out of those 12, we had two PRs: Jamie Foehl dropped her time by a sizable 1:19, while Erika Jefferson knocked a whopping 3:28 off of her previous best effort. Nice work, ladies!
Other ladies who deserve some praise are first overall finisher Amanda LoPiccolo (Bouncing down hills is one thing, but how does she seem to bounce up hills?), second overall finisher Lia Weiner, and fourth overall finisher and third lady Audrey Perlow, all of whom wrapped up their run in under 25 minutes. The first three finishers on the men's side were Eric Ward (third overall), Chris Gould, and Adolfo Neto, who ran his last parkrun with us before heading back to Brazil in a couple of weeks. We've loved having you run with us for the last few weeks and hope you and your family will come visit us again soon!!
A thousand and one "thanks" are owed to our fantastic volunteers for making it all run smoothly: Justin Verdirame on barcode and scanning duties, Martin Warters on the watch, Gordon Keeler on course chalking, William Schmitz providing the weather report, and me, Julie Messina, your run reporter.
Here are more highlights from today's run with a link near the end of the report to take you to the full results:
Eric WARD (VM50-54) was first (third overall) over the line in 24:13 - second time in 39 appearances.
Chris GOULD (VM70-74) of Carolina Godiva Track Club, was second (5th overall) over the line in 25:02 - was first to finish once before.
Adolfo NETO (VM40-44) was third (6th overall) over the line in 25:29 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Gordon KEELER (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 3266 pts.
William HARRIS (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 2158 pts.
Chris GOULD (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 1749 pts.
Amanda LOPICCOLO (SW30-34) was first (first overall) over the line in 19:21 - 5th time in 5 appearances.
Lia WEINER (SW25-29) was second (second overall) over the line in 21:12 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.
Audrey PERLOW (SW30-34) was third (4th overall) over the line in 24:50 - has been first to finish on 18 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Melinda BEAVER 2171 pts.
Julie Elizabeth MESSINA (Carolina Godiva Track Club) 1763 pts.
Audrey PERLOW 1594 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Amanda LOPICCOLO (SW30-34) was graded 76.66% for the time 19:21 (first overall).
Chris GOULD (VM70-74) was graded 71.30% for the time 25:02 (5th overall).
Lia WEINER (SW25-29) was graded 69.81% for the time 21:12 (second overall).
This week there were 12 runners, of whom none were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 1 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 1,211 runs covering a total distance of 6,055 km, and there have been 271 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. It's worth noting when you visit the page that we have two runners getting dangerously close to their 50th parkrun: keep going, Gordon Keeler and Gerty Ward!
Thank you to all of our runners and volunteers for continuing to come out and continuing to support parkrun in Durham, NC. We'll see you next week, and #dfyb.