Fletcher’s Cove parkrun #207 Run Report

Good weather conditions for the first day of February and temperatures in the 40s, helped 69 people run, jog and walk the course, including the usual mix of barkrunners and stroller pushers.

This week's run was the day before Groundhog Day and according to the DC groundhog, Potomac Phil, we’re going to have six more weeks of winter. Boo. But in PA, Punxsutawney Phil says we’ll have an early spring. Let's hope Potomac Phil made a mistake and we are in for more nice parkrun days for runners, walkers and volunteers.

IMG_3614Parkrun made the news this week as the world female parkrun record was broken in Cardiff, UK, a time of 15:49. The US record is 16:54 and did you know we have a joint record at Fletcher’s Cove? If you’ve scrolled to the bottom of the results page, you’ll have seen that Jennifer PAUL recorded a time of 18:56 on 15th April 2017 (event number 60), and Johanna WILSON (visiting from Australia) ran 18:56 on 29th December 2018 (event number 149). The male record at Fletcher’s is held by Brian RICH who recorded a time of 15:33 on 13th July 2019 (event number 178), not far off the US record of 14:57.

IMG_3613It was tight for the podium places this week with just 13 seconds separating first and third finishers, which included a PB for first finisher Matteo IACOVIELLO and a third finisher for Casey CHAMBERS on his first parkrun. Well done also to this weeks first female finisher Gabrielle MCKENZIE. As always, parkrun is not a race, though some of us are competing against ourselves for that magical phrase on the results page “New PB!”. Well done to the 7 who recorded those this week. 

We love to grow the Fletcher’s parkrun family so it was nice to welcome 11 first timers this week, 9 of whom are new to parkrun. Welcome, we hope you enjoyed your time on the towpath and look forward to seeing you back again soon.

As always, the event couldn’t happen without volunteers. A big thank you to the 12 high viz heroes and volunteers who made this week's event possible:

Alex FOXLEY • Giulio IACOVIELLO • Kai OLTMANNS • Matt CHURCHWARD • David SILVER • Sedwyn ANTHONY • Terri SNEDEKER • Rob KEMPSELL • Phil PETRILLI • Paula MATTISON • Maria GARCIA • Matt PERKINS

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Fletcher’s Cove parkrun Results Page and a full photographic record of the event is on the Fletcher’s Cove Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/fletcherscoveparkrun

This week's run report is coming to you from Richmond, VA where I had the pleasure of running the Deep Run parkrun. It’s a lovely course, 2 laps of a small lake, an out and back on a trail through the trees (with some hills...!!) and a final lap of the lake. It made an interesting change from the Fletcher’s Cove course and had the same welcoming parkrun atmosphere. I would recommend it if anyone is down that way on a Saturday morning. You can check out the locations of all the US parkruns here: https://www.parkrun.us/events/

Keep parkrunning

Matt P