Event number 55
On a bright but bitter day the course inspection showed a couple of patches of ice, but nothing that couldn’t be avoidable so we were good to go. One of the pleasing things about this parkrun was the excellent volunteer turnout. As well as the core team this included young ladies Imo and Izzi who treated the assembled runners to a rendition of ELO’s Mr Blue Sky on ukuleles, well done girls for performing so well in front of around 250 people.
The start was slightly held up by latecomers. Given we don’t do the run briefing until after nine and then walk round to the start some people aren’t arriving on time. Please can we ask you to be present in good time, we know it can be challenging standing round on colder and wet days but we need to be fair on runners arriving on time.
There was a very good turnout of over 220 runners, probably bolstered by people doubling up with the 10k run in the park later in the morning. First athlete to finish was Andrew Draper of Lytham St Annes RRC in exactly 18 minutes. An incredible 56 people beat their Blackpool parkrun personal best, whilst no fewer than 46 people were doing their first Blackpool parkrun. Parkrun tourists came from amongst others Derby, Mossley Rugby, Stockport, Totley, Wallsend and the excellently named Shropshire Shufflers.
Thanks to our volunteers, several of whom were sacrificing warm up time before the 10k. The full team was Catherine Anderton, Catherine Fletcher, Chris Hammond, Chris Wade, Christine Brook, Clare Tomlinson, David Barker, David Hammond, George Kennedy, George Walker, Harrison Cardwell, Hugo Mace, Jackie Hammond, Jane Wade, Judith Green, Kate Baird, Kate James, Louis Swarbrick, Martha Brown, Matthew James, Paul Stubbins, Richard Foster, Samantha Edwards, Sarah Brown, Stanley Hammond, Stephen Dunstan, Steve Swarbrick and Susan Ashton.