Running in Faith a Virtual mob match
Well this was the first ever national inter church ‘mob match’, so if you took part, that’s a little bit of history you were making!
In total there were 162 runners, across 27 parkruns running for 15 Christian running groups/churches – a massive turn out, nearly 50% bigger again than our biggest ever physical mob match. People certainly got into it and runners from Holy Trinity Wallington have already been asking me about the November mob match at Nonsuch parkrun.
Obviously none of this would be possible without parkrun – so a big thank you to them.
parkruns – where did we run?
Roundshaw Downs, Lloyd, Nonsuch, Banstead Woods, Margate, Ipswich, Andover, Pontefract, Worcester, Mile End, Great Lines, Bushy, Richmond, Woking, Dewsbury, Temple Newsam, St Albans, Keswick, Bromley, Kesgrave, Tilgate, Preston Park – Brighton, Medina (I.O.W.), Swindon, Cross Flatts, Wakefield Thornes, and Worsley Woods.
Roundshaw the most hotly contested parkrun with 4 clubs and over 40 runs there!
Here’s a little flavour;
We did not go international (this time) but bless Kerena Ivens for her trip to the Isle of Wight – that was the closest we made it to leaving the country. Also an ice cream van at the finish!
Chiltern Church Runners managed to spread themselves over 13 locations in total. Cornerstone Fit were utterly focussed – all 29 runners at Great Lines!
Clubs and churches – who ran?
Cornerstone Fit – Rock Runners – Good Shepherd - Molesey Churches RC - Selsdon Baptist Church Runners – Chiltern Church Runners – Holy Trinity Church Wallington – Christian Runners UK -
Emmanuel Church – Runners from St Patrick’s Wallington – Runners from St Paul’s Worcester -Salford Elim Church- Elmwood Church – Sutton Christian Centre – and Langworthy Community Church.
Some familiar names, and some new, 15 clubs or churches in all, very much a new record! 9 clubs had 6 or less runners – which is very cool, as it means there is lots of room for growth.
As ever, everyone won! However I will say more, Andy’s magic spreadsheet has been working and came up with the following scores;
Nb (x) x=number of runners
|Chiltern Church Runners (39)||1710|
|Cornerstone Fit (29)||1564|
|Christian Runners UK (20)||1039|
|Selsdon Baptist Church Runners (17)||830|
|Good Shepherd (15)||807|
|Holy Trinity Church Wallington (13)||594|
|Runners from St Patrick’s (4)||265|
|Molesey Community Church (5)||179|
|Rock Runners (4)||178|
|Runners from St Paul’s (3)||151|
|Elmwood Church (2)||132|
|Sutton Christian Centre (3)||111|
|Langworthy Community Church (1)||89|
|Salford Elim Church (1)||80|
Some very tight scoring there – fast women and juniors again tending to score well, as there are a lot of fast men, so the medium or ‘gentle’ paced men – like me – do not score as well.
Cornerstone Fit had the highest scoring women’s group. Chiltern had the highest scoring men’s group. Good Shepherd the highest scoring juniors.
Best average female score goes to Langworthy Community Church, best average male score to Salford Elim, best average junior score to Emmanuel.
Christian Runners UK had the fastest man (Jason Westmoreland), Holy Trinity Wallington had the fastest woman (Elaine Reid) and female junior (Ellie Muir), and fastest male junior went to Good Shepherd (Adam Hudson). For those caught between junior status (14 and under) but not yet seniors (18 up) Mamus Otuguor – St Patricks – was fastest male, and Chloe Constantinou – Chiltern – fastest female.
Many of you pushed yourselves really hard!
Tom Higgs, Piers Moore, Tom Edwards, Yan Hua, Lisa Connolly, Anna Crossley, Colin Jackson, Eleanor Woodman, Anna Woodman, Chris Simpson, Aaron Simpson, Keith Lawrence, Neville Broom, Hayley Taylor, Sarah Thompson, Mark Constantinou, Jonathan Collins, Elaine Reid, Maria Lawrence, Phil Carey, David Root, Mark Holden, Alex Ellwood, Simon Ellwood, Ida Bradford, June Pask, Diane Dowsing, Anna Woodman, David Jennings, Janice Harris, Cheryl Hudson, Michael Potter, Mamus Otuguor, Thomas Cotton, Ron West, Sophia Lorke, Sarah Hutchinson, Anne France, and Adele Mc Ewan.
There were some new faces…..
Eileen O’Rourke, Donna Twort, Diane Dowsing, Ellis Sadler, Richard Langley, Rachel Morris, and Rob McGibbon
First Time at new course
Ed Reilly, Rosemary Egbe, Jonathan Pegg, Nikki Tarrant, Dave Tarrant, Steve Tarrant, Rosa Constantinou, Laughra Norton, Rachel tanner, KerenaIvens, Mat Steeples, and Tony Streams.
Not to forget;
Those who came and ran one lap;
Sue Shale (Good Shepherd) and Marcia Wilson (Chiltern).
You had some stories
News from Molesey at Bushy included;
It was the very first time that Holly Vanstone (60+) had run 5km non-stop, a massive milestone and effort for her.
Nicole Matthews (former Mob Match Ladies Champion) after lots of training was gunning for a pb. Less than 1kn in a lady tripped and sprained her ankle. Instead of running past, like most people, Nicole helped to shield her from the hundreds of runners heading through/past/over them until there was space to attract medical help from the marshals. Once the lady was being looked after Nicole returned to her run nearly ten minutes behind schedule. To me, that is what being a Christian involved in the world is all about. Demonstrating God’s love and putting others first, the pb can wait. Well done Nicole.
The incredibly well named Rock Runners added Mark Holden a Missionary currently back from Columbia who agreed to run under their banner while he is back!
Meanwhile Chiltern Church Runners also recruited Missionaries, but not to run – thanks to Arthur and Lou Brown who are normally based in Beirut, Sue and I had childcare to run Greenwich parkrun!
The Good Shepherd Runners managed their timing well;
I am thrilled to say that today we managed to accumulate over 1000 miles at Nonsuch parkrun which is just fantastic! (At 3.11 miles per parkrun, this equates to 322 parkruns in total.)
Special congratulations go to David O’Domhnaill though who gets the trophy for being the Good Shepherd Runner who completed the 1000th mile – well done David!
The humid conditions didn’t seem to affect the Good Shepherd Runners as we had a staggering 5 pbs today (obviously the summer heat and humidity training has paid off).
- First mention goes to Cheryl Hudson (well I thought I better) who smashed her pb and managed to knock over a minute and half off her previous best time.
- Anna Woodman goes from strength to strength and knocked another minute off her pb (Anna also knocked 1 minute and half of her pb last week)
- Sue Shale was in fine form and definitely had a spring in her step.
- Mike Potter (determined to beat Jemima) also joins this week’s pb club with a minute and half off his previous best – good stuff Mike!
- Chris Simpson also achieved a pb, but cleverly only beat his time by 2 seconds. Great tactics – another pb could be on the cards in the near future.
- Final pb of the day goes to Aaron Simpson who really set a family standard today by knocking over a minute off his last week’s time (you have your work cut out now Chris)
- Eleanor and Jemima both had excellent runs again today as did Adam (apart from his shoe laces coming undone that is) Note: all 4 of our junior runners today beat their parents – easily!!!!!
- Toks is looking in great shape at the moment and was close to his long standing pb. Toks has now done 63 runs at Nonsuch which is just fantastic
- David O’Domhnaill did a timely run to complete our 1000th mile in style.
- Paul McFarlane took it very easy today as he is preparing for the Berlin Marathon next weekend – good luck with that Paul (Paul was still the first Good Shepherd Runner home today though)
Cappuccinos, Lattes, Cookies, Cakes and ice cream afterwards all thoroughly deserved.
Jason Westmoreland also celebrated his 100th; but is it a Pontefract cake?
Below right Matt Lane who earnt his 250 shirt shortly before the mob match.
Andy and Micky, above left – Micky safe in the knowledge it’s a virtual mob match so nobody will know he isn’t wearing a Selsdon top!
Then those results in full,
|1||Jason Westmoreland||18:22||Christian R UK||Pontefract||2|
|2||Phil Carey||18 53||Cornerstone Fit||Great lines||3|
|4||Tom Higgs||18:55||R from St Patrick’s||Roundshaw||2|
|8||Gordon Watson||20:06||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||6|
|10||Simon Ellwood||20:43||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||8|
|12||Stephen Pidgeon||21:13||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||48|
|13||Andy Watts||21:15||Chiltern||St Albans||18|
|14||Matt Lane||21:24||Christian R UK||Andover||56|
|15||Mat Steeples||21:33||Chiltern||Preston – Brighton||47|
|17||Paul Mcfarlane||21:38||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||60|
|18||Rob McGibbon||21:45||Salford Elim Church||Worsley Woods||25|
|19||Neil Turney||21:47||Chiltern||Mile End||27|
|20||Mamus Otuguor||21:48||R from St Patrick’s||Roundshaw||10|
|23||Keith Lawrence||22:39||R from St Paul’s||Worcester||85|
|24||Adam Voke||22:46||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||41|
|25||Ian Mullins||22:48||Christian R UK||Pontefract||33|
|26||Adam Hudson||23:03||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||87|
|29||Danny Jennings||23:14||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||36|
|30||Chris Elsdon||23:15||Elmwood Church||Worsley Woods||51|
|33||Ida Bradford||23:43||Cornerstone Fit||Great lines||45|
|34||Elaine Reid||24:03||Holy Trinity||Roundshaw||29|
|35||Julian Perry||24:07||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||50|
|37||Richard Tanner||24:12||Holy Trinity||Bromley||64|
|38||Alex Ellwood||24:12||Cornerstone Fit||Great lines||52|
|39||Neville Broom||24:13||Cornerstone Fit||Great lines||57|
|40||Richard John Mann||24:33||Christian R UK||Wakefield Thornes||68|
|42||Christopher Tanner||24:52||Holy Trinity||Lloyd||54|
|43||Stephen Bradford||24:52||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||68|
|44||Paul Frankish||24:52||Christian R UK||Pontefract||77|
|45||Ian Smith||25:05||Holy Trinity||Roundshaw||40|
|46||Zoe Pemberton||25:14||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||74|
|47||Sarah hutchinson||25 10||Christian R UK||Cross Flatts||17|
|48||Ric Adams||25:20||Sutton Christian Cntr||Roundshaw||41|
|49||Jonathan Birch||25:30||Christian R UK||Cross Flatts||18|
|50||Hayley Taylor||25:31||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||76|
|51||Kathy Lane||25:33||Christian R UK||Andover||57|
|53||Michael Ogunnaike||25:56||Holy Trinity||Roundshaw||44|
|55||Ellie Muir||26:00||Holy Trinity||Roundshaw||41|
|56||Aaron Simpson||26:04||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||184|
|57||Jonathan Collins||26:05||Christian R UK||Pontefract||69|
|58||Toks Hafisi Kadiri||26:12||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||188|
|61||Mark Holden||26:17||Rock Runners||Rushcliffe||92|
|63||Jess Bradford||26:20||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||97|
|64||Paul Johnston||26:21||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||86|
|65||Martin Jessop||26:21||Rock Runners||Rushcliffe||94|
|66||Samuel Frankish||26:29||Christian R UK||Pontefract||72|
|67||Ellis Saddler||26:40||Sutton Christian Cntr||Roundshaw||46|
|68||Matthew Pidgeon||26:40||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||213|
|69||Jemima Potter||26:47||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||223|
|70||Jason Hudson||26:48||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||224|
|74||Michael Potter||27:10||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||232|
|75||Chris Simpson||27:24||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||243|
|76||Thomas Cotton||27:29||R from St Patrick’s||Roundshaw||52|
|77||Zach Frankish||27:35||Christian R UK||Pontefract||79|
|78||Rachel morris||27:37||Langworthy Community Church||Worsley Woods||127|
|79||Moira Pidgeon||27:40||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||241|
|81||Mark Buckby||27:57||Rock Runners||Rushcliffe||121|
|87||Elaine Jones||28:29||Holy Trinity||Roundshaw||61|
|88||Natalie Watson||28:29||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||105|
|89||Richard Langley||28:31||Sutton Christian Cntr||Roundshaw||62|
|90||Ben Voke||28:35||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||107|
|93||Elaine Jones||28:53||Holy Trinity||Roundshaw||63|
|94||Susan Buckby||29:00||Rock Runners||Rushcliffe||137|
|95||Kerena Ivens||29:00||Chiltern||Medina (I.O.W.)||110|
|97||Anna France||29:36||Christian R UK||Cross Flatts||32|
|99||Mandy Ellwood||29:48||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||121|
|101||Asif Bostan||29:53||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||122|
|103||Adele Mc Ewan||30:00||Elmwood Church||Worsley Woods||159|
|105||Kirsty Cotton||30:13||R from St Patrick’s||Roundshaw||73|
|106||Kirsty Winwood||30:25||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||144|
|109||Eleanor Woodman||31:05||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||327|
|110||Anon.||31:06||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||151|
|111||Anon.||31:07||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||152|
|112||Kirsty Winwood||31:12||Cornerstone||Great Lines||130|
|114||Yan Hua||31:25||Holy Trinity||Roundshaw||69|
|118||Harry Peace||31:39||Christian R UK||Temple Newsam||100|
|119||Adam Lawrence||31:42||R from St Paul’s||Worcester||276|
|120||Andy Peace||31:44||Christian R UK||Temple Newsam||102|
|124||David Colm O’Domhnaill||31:50||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||368|
|125||Lucy Westmoreland||31:52||Christian R UK||Pontefract||173|
|128||Rosemary Egbe||32:15||Holy Trinity||Kesgrave||116|
|130||Janice Harris||32:44||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||147|
|132||Jane Bennett||32:50||Christian R UK||Pontefract||112|
|133||Rachel Tanner||32:51||Holy Trinity||Bromley||425|
|134||Ash Gibson||32:58||Christian R UK||Pontefract||116|
|135||Sue Lawrence||32:54||R from St Paul’s||Worcester||306|
|136||Miriam Gibson||32:57||Christian R UK||Pontefract||115|
|137||Rupert Quested||33:36||Holy Trinity||Roundshaw||89|
|140||Nicola Tarrant||33:45||Holy Trinity||Kesgrave||125|
|141||Karen Cook||33:53||Christian R UK||Pontefract||123|
|142||Billy Cook||33:55||Christian R UK||Pontefract||124|
|145||June Pask||34:51||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||185|
|146||Donna Twort||35:21||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||186|
|147||Sarah Thompson||35:22||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||187|
|149||Anna Woodman||36:26||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||388|
|151||Anon.||38:03||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||169|
|152||Anon.||38:04||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||170|
|153||Cheryl Hudson||38:25||Good Shepherd||Nonsuch||431|
|160||Diane Dowsing||43:13||Cornerstone Fit||Great Lines||182|