Event 352 – Andover parkrun 13/01/2018

Who would have thought it? You wait 9 months to beat the Andover parkrun attendance record and then, just like London buses, 2 come along at once. A magnificent and gargantuan 373 runners and walkers took part this week, thrashing the daylights off last week’s record of 371. Well done to everyone. Our numbers were swelled by 50 first timers, many taking part in their first ever parkrun. I received lovely feedback from some first timers and was very pleased to hear that you all enjoyed it enough to want to come back and do it again.

The course conditions were the best that they have been in a while, which resulted in 43 new personal bests. May you all be glowing in your achievements.

The run was made possible by 19 brilliant volunteers who shall remain nameless. Although their real names are below:

Sandra BLOWERS • Karen BAGGOTT • Colin STOKES • Vanessa ARMOND • Christopher EDWARDS • Ian BEVERIDGE • Matthew JEFFERY • Kelly STOKES • Les BLOUNT • Claire ALLISON • Carolyn THOMSON EASTER • Tracy SPEARS • Christopher HOLMES • Bas JACOBS • Christina SEARLE • Jack SEARLE • Raymond SEARLE • Matt ADDIS • Martin VANDEN

Thank you so much. We couldn’t do it without you. If anyone would like to volunteer please message our Facebook page, or email the team at andoverhelpers@parkrun.com.

Saturday was also a big occasion for Stuart Stringer and Nick Collier as they completed their 50th runs. Andrew Jones made it to the big 100 and many of us were very pleased with his bag full of chocolates. Congratulations to you all.

Please can all parkrunners remember to get their finish tokens scanned and not to go home with them. The missing tokens get lonely and scared and nobody wants that to happen do they.