Your Boston parkrun (number 130) was bought to you today in reverse. No not running backwards, just running the course itself backwards as we have now done 3 times at each of our 6 month anniversaries. Yes that's right Boston parkrun is now 2 ½ years old and 164 people helped us celebrate that fact. Today 27 of you got new PB's, well done to you all and 33 of you were first timers at Boston, I hope you had an enjoyable morning with us.
There were a few visitors today that came and joined us from Edinborough, Basingstoke, Portsmouth, Cwmbran, Cleethorpes, Medina IOW and Wanstead Flats London, several of the visitors were in Boston for the 3rd Boston marathon being run tomorrow Sunday the 15th. Lyn Snow From Medina IOW came bearing gifts of fantastic scanner cosies that we can use in cold weather next winter as the scanners hate cold weather. Her she is presenting them to Bob, looked on by her local friend - Mary-Ann.
Here is Mike (1070) at Water Station "C" as he completed the Boston Marathon UK on Sunday. This station was manned by volunteers from Boston parkrun. Mike, a Run Director from Wanstead Flats parkrun, has run 188 different parkruns and 240 in total.
First past the post again was Mark Sands in a fantastic time of 16.51 being chased by James Mcnamee 2 minutes behind exactly. The first lady was Kamila Davies in 23.13 and the second lady Elly Roberts in 23.44 both first timers at Boston parkrun. A must mention is George, position 6, who is a JM10 category and finished in a fantastic time of 20.15 achieving a new PB himself, well done George keep running like that and Mo Farah should get worried. I'm very jealous of that time myself as are many other parkrunners I'm sure. Unfortunately George had escaped his adult partner and parkrun rules state, as under 11's must be accompanied by an adult, his time should be removed.
Having discussed this with the core team, Georges mum and James McNamee, who was running with, but eventually was a bit too speedy for George, we thought it would be a good idea that any under 11's running with a person who is not their parent, should make themselves known to the Run Director - The person in the blue and white Hi viz. This way an eye can be kept on the youngster and a little leeway can be given if they are not quite with their adult in the finishing couple of hundred meters.
Parkrun volunteers manned a water station for the marathon and I would like to say a massive thank you to them and all the other volunteers around the course for helping out and allowing the run to go ahead.
Also well done to all of our parkrun running family who ran.
Sanjiv is next weeks RD and the roster is about half full but if a few more people could offer their services soon he can have a relaxing week instead of wondering if he will fill the rota so the parkrun can go ahead.
Chris Walton A1162463