Event 351- A Record 371 Runners and Walkers

What a great first Saturday of 2018,an amazing 371 of you ran,jogged or walked our 5km course, all made possible by a great team of 25 volunteers.This time of year we are all setting new goals,will this year be the year you get a new pb,dip under 20,30,40,50 or 60 minute mark for the first time,or is your aim to get all the way round without stopping,perhaps to do 50 parkruns.It would be great if one of your aims was to volunteer at parkrun a few times a year (and its fun).What ever your aim I hope we can help you achieve your goals.

Parkrun last week had over 27500 new registrations,if you were one of those and made Andover your first run, I hope you enjoyed it and felt welcomed and encouraged.Janice had quite a crowd at the first timer briefing and looking at the results we had 50 first timers to Andover with 29 their first ever run.

If you are new to parkrun, you can earn milestone t-shirts when you complete 10 runs (juniors only),50,100,250,500 or the 25 volunteer shirt.This week Lance and Matt both achieved their 250th parkruns,they both started in 2012 and become only the 17th and 18th to get to this mark at Andover,well done both of you.Other milestones this week were three juniors ,Nathan Birks,Archie Seth and Molly Carter all earning their white 10 shirt.(T-shirts are currently out of stock with a massive delivery due at the end of February,you will be able to order through your profile at that stage.They are FREE but you will have to pay postage).

Conditions are a bit sticky at the moment but that did not stop 25 of you getting a new pb.Special mentions to Jessica Cawton,and the Cheverton family with Amy,Stuart,Emma,Tara and Michelle all with new bests.

Just a few reminders,please don't take the finish tokens home and if you do have some return them.Only enter the finish funnel when you complete two laps,and once you enter the funnel you must exit at the other end and take a token (no dipping under the tape),we have some narrow paths around the lakes and have decided while on the winter course it is not safe to have dogs,we will have another look when we go back to the summer course.It is also important that we treat other users of the park and other runners with respect,please do not push past slower runners and like wise try to allow room for faster runners coming past.A good morning,excuse me coming through,thank you marshal will make a more enjoyable run for everyone.

To finish I would just like to give you some figures from the same week in January since we started, to show how much we have grown and are still growing.Lots of fitter people and loads of friendships made.

2012     59

2013     78

2014      73

2015     108

2016     167

2017      325

2018      371

Have a great week and see you next Saturday

Simon