Vegan Runners’ parkrun report 10.02.24

Vegan Runners’ parkrun report 10.02.24

πŸ’šπŸ–€ What a week!Β  With parkrun breaking the news, even non parkrunners were pitching in to express their views on the heavily debated data debacle. On the plus side, everyone now knows about the inclusivity of this wonderful event which is sure to see attendance numbers increase. In terms of your weekly Vegan Runners’ parkrun report the aim has always been to celebrate VR parkrun achievements, including opportunities for everyone to get a mention in a non-contentious manner – so here goes – I hope you enjoy it! πŸ’šπŸ–€Β 

On the 10th February 2024, facing a plethora of meteorological and terrestrial conditions (namely mud and puddles in the UK), 863 VRs managed to attend 349 different parkrun events. 805 gained a finish token and we had over 58 wonderful volunteers. Outside of the UK we had VRs repping our club at events in:Β Β 

5 Germany
5 Australia
2 New Zealand
1 Β South Africa
1 Β Singapore
1 Netherlands
1 Β Italy
1 IrelandΒ Β 

Plenty of marvellous meetups took place as always – thank you to Su Z Anne for this week’s wonderful photo from the Northampton meetup celebrating Paul Jones’ 250th parkrun event – an amazing achievement and clearly celebrated in style! 🎊πŸ₯³πŸŽ‚Β 

Β The most popular locations for VR get-togethers were held at:Β Β 

25 University of Northampton parkrun
24 Victoria Dock parkrun
17 Pontefract parkrun
12 Springburn parkrun, GlasgowΒ 
Bartley Park parkrun
10 Eastbourne parkrun
9 Southsea parkrun
8 Southampton parkrun
8 Hillsborough parkrun
8 Gloucester City parkrun
7 Ashton Court parkrun
7 Preston Park parkrun, Brighton
7 Hunstanton Promenade parkrun
6 Bushy parkrun
6 Colwick parkrun
6 Valentines parkrun
6 Worcester parkrun
6 Alvaston parkrun
6 Tidworth parkrun
5 Arrow Valley parkrun
5 Whitstable parkrun
5 Princes parkrun, Liverpool
5 Medina I.O.W. parkrun
5 Pomphrey Hill parkrun
5 Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun
5 Rogiet parkrun
5 Marine Parade parkrun
5 Yarborough Leisure Centre parkrun
5 Five Arches parkrunΒ Β 

Our top five fastest ladies on this 2nd run of February 2024 were:Β Β 

πŸ₯‡19:36 Clare Meraz
πŸ₯‡19:37 Naomi Sutton
πŸ₯‡19:49 Caroline McAleese
πŸ₯‡20:16 Hannah Shiels
πŸ₯‡20:42 Lesley ConnorsΒ Β 

And our top five fastest men:Β Β 

πŸ₯‡16:45 Philip Nind
πŸ₯‡17:03 Rhys Goddard
πŸ₯‡17:27 Ciar Nixon
πŸ₯‡17:33 Christopher Pearson
πŸ₯‡17:36 Michael SlackΒ Β 

All achieving super impressiveΒ times – congratulations! πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ†Β 

Seventeen amazing VRs came first in their gender position at their parkrun, kudos & congrats to:Β Β 

πŸ†17:03 Rhys Goddard
πŸ†17:37 Matt Edmonds
πŸ†17:46 Pete Jnr Benedickter
πŸ†17:49 Naeem Stevens
πŸ†18:12 Harry Pannell
πŸ†18:19 Joseph Brown
πŸ†18:19 Scott Braunton
πŸ†18:22 Dan Stent
πŸ†18:23 Jake Stephens
πŸ†19:18 Andrew Millis
πŸ†19:36 Clare Meraz
πŸ†19:37 Naomi Sutton
πŸ†19:49 Caroline McAleese
πŸ†19:59 Hester Hill
πŸ†20:16 Hannah Shiels
πŸ†20:45 Elly Maggs
πŸ†21:24 Fiona NewmanΒ Β 

The average time for all Vegan Runners to complete the course on this second event of February 2024 was 29:50. Plant power! πŸ₯¦πŸŒ±πŸŒΏπŸ₯—Β Β 

Data is no longer easily available for VRs who were top age graded at their parkrun, neither are the marvellous milestones, so apologies for lack of mentions here. But I did notice a couple of special events alongside Paul Jones’ 250th:Β 

🧦 David Baker completed his last and 25th parkrun since his MND diagnosis (having completed 152 parkruns in total) which he ran with his daughter Rachel Baker who was running her 25th parkrun and wife Alice (158). We wish you all the very, very best. πŸ’šπŸ–€
Roisin Damm completed her 100th parkrun in 28:52 at Westpark parkrun – congratulations! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
Lesley Ashton was first in her age category and Fiona Newman was first age graded – of course! πŸ₯³πŸƒπŸƒΒ 

Shoutouts and accolades to these Vegan Runners who finished their parkrun in a multiple of fifty position:Β Β 

πŸ“£50 ChloΓ© Holland
πŸ“£50 Sarah Laws
πŸ“£50 Judy Johnson
πŸ“£50 Barnaby Hicks
πŸ“£100 Jane London
πŸ“£100 Melanie Hayes
πŸ“£100 Tim Bradshaw
πŸ“£150 Eve Orange
πŸ“£150 Mirek Salmon
πŸ“£200 Matleena Elonheimo
πŸ“£350 Rosie Lester
πŸ“£650 Ella Hill
πŸ“£800 Caroline RobertsΒ Β 

On the noughty step this week we have twenty terribly troublesome transgressors:Β Β 

😈21:00 Llyr Roberts
😈22:00 Stuart Robertson
😈23:00 Ben Vick
😈24:00 Katie Layley
😈25:00 Mike Rogers
😈25:00 Rowena Owen
😈26:00 Callum Harling
😈26:00 Nick Russon
😈27:00 Andrew Kaye
😈29:00 Andy Straw
😈30:00 Doug Porter
😈30:00 Matt Prichard
😈31:00 Holly Vincent
😈31:00 Koby Crumpler
😈32:00 Karen Arkwright
😈32:00 Elizabeth Billingham
😈33:00 Graeme Harris
😈35:00 Jane Wills
😈45:00 Lana Dzananovic
😈55:00 Michael Beadle  

Collecting a repdigit finish token this week were 43 VRs! Whoops and cheers with sweetcorn ears to:Β Β 

πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½11 Benjamin Smith
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½11 Christopher Jones
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½11 Hannah Shiels
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½22 Alexander Cox
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½22 Carl Mowatt
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½22 Haydn Whitmore
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½22 James Edward Jepson
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½22 Kevin Newell
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½22 Nina Nickerson
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½33 Daniel Wilson
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½33 Sam Bagnall
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½44 Fiona Cownie
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½44 Greg Turner
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½44 Jacob Butler
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½44 Rachel Toone
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½44 Sharon Weinstein
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½55 Tom Preece
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½66 Jan Basha
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½66 Tom Rogers
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½77 Margaret Pritchard
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½77 Martin Mcloughlin
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½77 Michelle Steer
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½77 Paula Hirst
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½88 Gary Jarvis
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½88 Heath Harvey-List
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½88 Ian Thurston
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½88 Kev Meaney
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½88 Moira Cuthbert
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½99 Angelina Farruggia
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½99 Debbie Kessell
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½99 Jane Forbes
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½99 Jim Mcalwane
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½99 Lana Sarey El-Din
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½99 Lisa Knights
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½99 Shireen Kassam
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½111 Amy Finnigan
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½111 Caitlin Barry
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½111 Hayley Burn
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½222 Sandra Morgan
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½333 Alice Connor
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½333 Catherine Thompson
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½333 Rich Lehmann
πŸŽ‰πŸŒ½666 Matthew SweedΒ 

A-maize-ing repping for the animals. πŸ–€πŸ„πŸ‘πŸ€πŸ’š β€œOh please, enough with the puns,” I hear you cry, β€œBring back Mike’s reports!” Well, I’m back. I’ve beaten cancer for the 3rd time and whilst I won’t be running for a while yet I’ll continue repping, reporting, volunteering and running again as soon as I’m able. Thank you to Mike and Gary for stepping in. Well done to all of you getting out there participating in parkruns and promoting veganism. It’s sad to hear of negative reactions from non-vegans and of VRs feeling uncomfortable with wearing the Vegan Runners’ logo. I’ve experienced the β€œbacon butty” comment myself plus resentment from actual family members on occasion. I’ve since discovered that vegaphobia is a recognised condition and found it helpful to understand some of the reasons behind it. It’s also enabled me to feel even more confident about facing non-vegan attitudes. I hope the link is helpful for some of you, too. Have a great week! πŸ’šπŸ–€Β