Ashton Court Parkrun – Saturday 13th April 2013

It was not exactly a classic spring day, but the weather is definitely getting warmer, and there was a bit of blue sky. Not for the first time, it was a sunny start, before rain set in later in the morning. There is a moral in there somewhere.

The weather attracted the runners and there were 230 finishers on Saturday, Ashton Court’s third highest attendance and only seven off the record of 237 set earlier this year. Twenty-five runners represented Bristol & West. This was one less than last week, but with several runners resting before Sunday’s Riverbank Rollick or Frenchay 10k, it was still a commendable turnout.

Nicola Brookland made her debut at Ashton Court and was the second female on the day, but with the fifth fastest time ever recorded by a lady on the course. The club also had the first four finishers in the VW50-54 age range.

In view of the benign conditions, it was perhaps surprising that there were only three PBs, all set by experienced Ashton Court parkrunners. Cecilia Browne, continuing her recent consistent form, improved her time by 5 seconds. Emma Withers, who had a lengthy wait to break her previous best time only last time; repeated the feat this week and knocked another ten seconds off her time. She is now homing in on a sub 24:00 time. Emma was again running this week with nine year old son Otto Kingston, who improved his time by 1 minute 25 seconds. Not sure who was pacing who here! This was a quick return to running for Otto after highly creditable performances against older runners at the Youth Development Meeting on Wednesday. Congratulations are due to Otto, as his run this week earns him the Performance of the Week title.

In the Female Points Table, Emma has kept her lead. Alison Engledew reduced the deficit by five points and is now ten points behind with one week to go. What happens if it’s a tie? Suggestions welcome.

Finally Bristol and West runners have now completed 2,012 runs at Ashton Court. Noel Arthur has the honour of completing No. 2,000.

Name

Position

Time

Comments

Ashton Court parkrun

Andrew Malloy

6

19:08

1st VM40-44.

Greg Chance

7

19:20

 

Nicola Brookland

9

19:29

2nd lady. 1st VW35-39.

Stuart O’Connell

13

20;06

1st JM15-19.

Pete Mountain

15

20:12

1st VM55-59.

Gary Jennings

22

20:57

2nd VM55-59.

Nick Broker

37

22:57

 

Alison Engledew

46

22:47

1st VW50-54.

Colin Traer

47

22:47

 

Rikki Porter

58

23:17

 

Otto Kingston

67

24:07

PB by 1 minute 25 seconds.

Emma Withers

68

24:09

PB by 10 seconds. 1st VW45-49.

Noel Arthur

71

24:13

 

Margaret Salter

75

24:22

2nd VW50-54.

Alex Leitch

82

24:51

 

David Engledew

93

25:29

 

Rebecca Colquhoun

94

25:35

 

Jennifer Owsley

100

25:48

 

Roger Brocklesby

104

25:59

 

Catrin Davies

105

26:04

2nd SW20-24.

Cecilia Browne

107

26:09

PB by 5 seconds.

Debbie Riddiford

166

30:43

 

Lizzi Elton-Walters

177

31:19

 

Nikki Arthur

184

32:03

 

Martin Riddiford

216

36:28

 

Volunteers

Carron Downer

 

 

 

Paul Burgess

 

 

 

Susan Campbell

 

 

 

Tom Burgess

 

 

 

Tracy Allan

 

 

 

Peter Pan Parkrun

Rich Kenington

136

29:54

 

Albert Park, Melbourne

Omar Saeed

71

25:09

 

Little Stoke Parkrun

 

 

 

Andrew Wright

15

22:00

2nd SM30-34.