Run report #138 East Coast Park parkrun 18.02.2017

Last Saturday East Coast Park welcomed sixty-two runners from all around the globe and ALL levels of parkrun experience. A fantastic seven were running their first ever parkrun whilst five of our tourists had run over 1000 parkruns between them at 152 different parks!

There were some great Personal Bests as always this week. Santosh, Melvin and Iain Felstead have now all achieved three PBs in a row, whilst Ro is on his sixth! We have to say that prospects are looking good for both Ro and our resident superstar Yuta Suda going into the Tokyo marathon this weekend. Good luck to both and all our other parkrunners heading north!

The full list of Personal Bests:
17:36 Michael DURANTE
19:00 Stuart MCINTOSH
20:41 Jake LEAR
22:36 Luis Carlos TORRES MARTINEZ
22:57 Iain FELSTEAD
23:30 Cathy FRASER
24:01 Ben HANRAHAN
24:28 Melvin TAN
24:31 Chon Hsing NG
25:47 Tony PREST
26:57 Stephen BURT
27:37 Santosh NAIR

In addition to the above, a now-looking-fully-fit John Costello equaled his course PB from 2015 with his best age graded score ever of 78.45%.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Simon Cariss, Isabelle Faber, John Harvie, Gil Madrid, Tony Seakins, Vivian Tang, Martin Tay Huan Mui, Russell Waugh and Chiu Waugh. The GREAT news is that the roster is full for tomorrow's parkrun...... BUT we are still looking fairly thin for the entire month of March. Please see below for details on how you can register your interest. We love it when you put your name down earlier rather than later as it saves us a last minute panicked scramble.

See you tomorrow for Event #139!

Volunteering is part of parkrun. We would love to see new faces helping out. We still need more volunteers to step forward for our next events so please consider helping us out in order to make East Coast Park parkrun a success. Everyone who volunteers gets a terrific buzz from being part of an instant team working like clockwork to bring a parkrun to life. Volunteering is a great way to meet fellow parkrunners. There are two ways to indicate your intention to volunteer in coming weeks. First, you can approach any of our volunteers with orange bibs at the start/finish area and we will write down your details in our register. Alternatively, you can check out the on the East Coast Park parkrun website and then send an email to with the dates you can help out and any preference you have for a volunteering role.

Sharing East Coast Park with Friends
Runners, walkers, dogs, and cyclists all share the marvellous paths at East Coast Park and surrounds. Ensure you stay to the left and be courteous to other users of this beautiful park.

A reminder that there are no water fountains at East Coast Park in close vicinity to the start. Please bring your own water bottle to store at the meeting point which can be refilled at the toilet block or bring some change to use the vending machine there.

Training Tip
Pre run, incorporate some dynamic stretches such as legs swings and walking lunges to loosen your muscles and warm the body. Adding 5-6 100m running strides along the paths at the start will also have you in tip top shape for your 5km parkrun.

PLEASE Bring Your PRINTED Barcode: NO barcode = NO result = NO EXCEPTIONS.
Please bring PRINTED barcodes only as unfortunately barcodes on mobile phones cannot be scanned so will not be accepted. Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result.

Five IMPORTANT things to tell potential first timers among your friends:
1. Register and print off a barcode a day or two before your first event. No barcode unfortunately means no time will be recorded.
2. Stick to the left of the path during the event and be mindful of other path users.
3. All parkrunners volunteer. Parkrun relies on volunteers to stage each event.
4. Have fun. You are only competing against yourself. Everyone's a winner at parkrun.
5. ... and don't forget to bring your PRINTED barcode !!

You can view a selection of photos from this event on our Facebook page Thanks to Matt and Gil for this week's selection.

Male placings:
Michael DURANTE (VM35-39) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:36 - first time in 2 appearances.
Adrian ROYCE (VM45-49) of Thompson Estate AC, was second over the line in 18:18.
Stuart MCINTOSH (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:00.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ian JEFFCOCK (Singapore Shufflers) 2565 pts.
Collin Xiaojun WANG (Singapore Shufflers) 2309 pts.
Gil MADRID (Singapore Shufflers) 2088 pts.

Female placings:
Anna HELOWICZ (VW40-44) of Singapore Shufflers, was first (10th overall) over the line in 20:35 - 8th time in 12 appearances.
Sarah REEVE (SW30-34) of Singapore Shufflers, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 22:52 - was first to finish once before.
Donna BRERETON (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (27th overall) over the line in 23:28 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Karen MAGILL (Unattached) 1611 pts.
Manami NISHIKIORI (Unattached) 1430 pts.
Julie WATKINSON (Singapore Shufflers) 1410 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Adrian ROYCE (VM45-49) was graded 79.33% for the time 18:18 (second overall).
John COSTELLO (VM60-64) was graded 78.45% for the time 20:48 (14th overall).
Ro SAKIYAMA (VM50-54) was graded 77.50% for the time 19:02 (4th overall).

This week there were 62 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part.

East Coast Park parkrun started on 21st June 2014, and since then 2,256 different runners, including participants from 301 athletics clubs, have completed 7,358 runs covering a total distance of 36,790 km, and there have been 1,387 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Jenna HILL who ran in a time of 00:17:47 on 17th September 2016 (event number 116).
The male record is held by Aki NUMMELA who ran in a time of 00:15:16 on 28th February 2015 (event number 37).
The Age Grade course record is held by Rowan WALKER who recorded a 87.36% run (16:21) on 22nd October 2016 (event number 121).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the
East Coast Park parkrun Results Page.