Basingstoke parkrun #556, 13th October 2018, Run Report by Naomi Holborough.
Even the combination of tired legs from half-marathons the week before, disappointment from London Marathon rejection letters and the all too typical autumnal weather were not enough to keep 444 willing runners away from a slightly soggy War Memorial Park. As an aside getting halfway home to realise you’ve left your jacket behind is not fun… so a reminder to remember to pick up all your kit before you go
Tom Harding (18:09) was our first finisher this week, followed by John Heaver (18:32), a first timer at Basingstoke and Tony Watkins third (18:37). For the ladies, we had Alison James (20:49) 25th overall, Lisa Gottwald (21:40) 34th and Julie Hughes (22:36) rounding off the top 50.
Welcome to the 27 first timers to parkrun and 16 first time tourists to Basingstoke who descended on the park this week. Our furthest visitor was from Seattle…if they were here for the NFL game at Wembley, which saw the Seattle Seahawks take on the Oakland Raiders, then I can only assume they had heard such wonderful things about Basingstoke parkrun they had to come and check it out! 45 people got new personal best times this week, Congratulations to you all!
We had a number of milestone runners this week:
- Diki Lama and David Bonner each completed their 50th parkrun;
- Cami Cameron and Paul Neale each completed their 100th;
- Luke Onslow completed the unofficial milestone of 150 parkruns…and more impressively, resides in the youngest age category (JM10).
Congratulations to all of you.
This week’s volunteer takeover was courtesy of Hampshire's first parkrun practice - the Acorn Health Partnership.
Acorn Health Partnership is a local doctors surgery in Basingstoke and the first parkrun practice in Hampshire. Based over three sites, this is an amalgamation of the surgeries previously known as The Hackwood Partnership, Camrose Medical Practice and Gillies Health Centre. Acorn Health Partnership have committed to promoting the benefits of regular exercise to improve a person’s physical and mental health, and they feel that parkrun is an ideal way of doing this…I couldn’t agree more I mean look at these happy faces…parkrun clearly induces happiness!
Thank you all for sacrificing your time, not just with volunteering but also for your hard work keeping us all well!
On the topic of volunteering, parkrun cannot go ahead without the many volunteers who give their time every single week to marshal, barcode scan, hand out finishing tokens etc. so a big Thank You to the 43 of you who volunteered this past Saturday. If you haven’t volunteered before, if it’s been a while since your last stint then please consider putting your name down for the future roster. Having a full roster ahead of time means that the run can go ahead efficiently and safely. As an added incentive, 25 volunteering stints will earn you a very fetching purple t-shirt…so what more motivation do you need?!
If you are interested in volunteering then you can email email@example.com.
See you all next Saturday at the War Memorial Park, bring your families and friends, and as always, don’t forget your barcodes! #DFYB #loveparkrun