Clermont Waterfront parkrun Event number 326 February 8th 2020

Due to other local activities, including the Clay Road 5k/10k/Duathlon, a lower than average attendance was recorded this weekend. Despite the conflicts, the Clermont Waterfront parkrun still had close to 100 participants. Those who competed were met with chilly temperatures and some difficult wind, but over 15 achieved a PB. In total this week 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

Our beloved overseas visitors ruled both the men’s and the women’s podium this weekend. William Law and Lorna Castle, both from Royston Runners, finished in fantastic times of 19:26 and 22:07. Congratulations as well to Robert Rosser, only a junior athlete, on completing his 20th event. We are also still enjoying the company of one of our Clermont parkrun founders Karen Bowler.

The cold and windy weather didn’t make for the most enjoyable volunteering conditions, but all the 15 volunteers showed the same dedication and enthusiasm as always. We always appreciate the help from volunteers, but we also know everyone also has some individual running goals as well.

One particular volunteer from this week who has been a dedicated member of the parkrun community and who has also tried to fit in volunteering is Tom Smith.   Tom first began attending parkrun in 2016, and starting coming out almost every weekend by 2018. His consistent commitment has brought a steady stream of PB’s throughout the years, with his most recent time clocking in a 20:36 (a 7 minute improvement since his first race!).  More than just his attendance, the parkrun community values Tom’s enthusiasm and support for fellow runners. Part time run director Rissie Thieler said Tom is constantly smiling and offering genuine words of enthusiasm to everyone, calling him “a perfect example of what parkrun represents.” He recently volunteered this weekend as a marshal. Tom is just one example of the many amazing participants and volunteers who make this event possible.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Bill POST • Frances POST • Kendyl CARDWELL • Grant MOLLETT • Hector CLEMENTE • Harry BARNES • Daniel WHITEHOUSE • Kay MELVIN-BARNES • Tom SMITH • Ron MITCHELL • Brenda EAST • Jeffrey SCHENCK • Zora SCHENCK • Jeff LOTTER • Robert BUTCHER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Clermont Waterfront parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Kate BAZELEY who recorded a time of 17:17 on 20th February 2016 (event number 124), and by Ani VELTCHEVA who also recorded a time of 17:17 on 18th March 2017 (event number 173).
The male record is held by James HUNT who recorded a time of 15:16 on 27th July 2019 (event number 296).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sabra HARVEY who recorded 102.90% (21:17) on 9th February 2019 (event number 272).

Clermont Waterfront parkrun started on 27th April 2013. Since then 8,966 participants have completed 30,584 parkruns covering a total distance of 152,920 km, including 4,693 new Personal Bests. A total of 413 individuals have volunteered 3,216 times.