Well that's it for 2017 folks. What a year! 121 of you lovely folks descended on Witham Way for out New Years Eve Eve run. After runner 21 you might think, and you would be true, that your finish position us one higher than the token you were given, token 21 was dropped at the finish line so meaning everyone after position 21 moved up a place, your times however are correct. For Grandma (Janet Norton), that meant finishing in place 100 on her 100th run at Boston. Well done "The Grandma", fantastic achievement. Today also saw her and Grandpa (Barry Norton) complete every parkrun at Boston in 2017 - they have both volunteered too in that year as tail walker or token sorter. Here they are in one of the wonderful shots by David Dales. David's pictures and any other pictures we use can be seen at flickr.com
A couple of little niggles from yesterday - a faster runner barged one of the youngsters on the tow path, please be considerate to other runners and other park users. Running with the Tail Walker was a 9 year old running with an 11 year old. I know I mentioned at the new runners brief and the main brief that under 11's MUST run with an adult that means "their own adult", it is not acceptable to tag along with any "random" adult.
2015 and 16 were very much years of finding our feet at Boston. In 2017 we came into our own and were such a positive force for good in our little part of the world. With that in mind, I thought I would take the opportunity to remind you what a fantastic bunch you all are by looking back at some of the great things we got up to in 2017.
The end of winter and early spring saw the start of our fundraiser for an AED.
We started with simple "bucket collections" taken by Mark Smith and culminated in some fantastic donations which enabled us to purchase and put into service our AED at our 18 month anniversary in April. Thank you one and all.
March saw a naked parkrun! and a visit from Adam White running coast to coast in aid of the Lincs/Notts Air Ambulance. What a pleasure to host him at parkrun before he completed his 2 week endurance effort with his final leg from Boston to Skegness. Once again you super lot dug deep for a good cause.
April saw the one and only Carlton capture the hearts of our little community and come to the notice of the local press with a super article. The same month, Boston Community Runners invited us to take part in a "Virtual 10K", in aid of our AED appeal. I had a super time completing my 10k and thanks to everyone involved for your contributions. This month also saw the reverse run at our 18 month run, on the same day we unveiled our AED and saw our largest number of runners to date - 158.
In May we welcomed George Bailey - he is something of a legend in parkrun circles, at the time having completed 192 different parkruns in succession, great achievement. Here he is with a couple more "Bailey's"!!
May also saw a fantastic and magical view of Run Directing from Andy W - read it again here - An RD's Story.
June was a quiet month, but we had a couple of scorching runs and a lovely poem found by Emma's daughter Lily, that is worth sharing again.
May your wind be always rhythmic.
May your heart be always strong.
May your road be always beautiful.
May it never seem too long.
May your legs be always faithful.
May your feet be never sore.
May your mind be always peaceful.
May you run forevermore.
By Daniel Mark Extrom
July - another quiet month, but we did train a sizeable group of people to use the AED at an event where a good friend of mine who is a resuscitation officer, came and put us through our paces with the AED. Here we are at the end of the event.
Yours truly got his first PB in blooooooomin ages :), and Sophie-Jane clocked up 200 runs towards the end of the month, not an official total, but worth a huge round of applause, cake and photo.
August - another quiet month in terms of events, but here I wanted to share a few of the fantastic things that make our community so special :-
- Bag fulls of you celebrating 50th runs
- A handful of you celebrating 100th runs and higher
- Guest run report writers - how good is that? to hear about our family from other peoples point of view
- Those great young people coming down to help and run as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. We would love to see you with your awards when you complete. Thank you Andy W for organising
- Over 100 of you turning out for 46 out of 52 weeks in 2017 - The Only Way Is Up - so the song went
- Just seeing everyone down Witham Way of a Saturday morning running or Volunteering is often enough to brighten up a week
September - Saw our 100th run, that seemed to pop up quickly so quickly in fact that, although I was desperate to RD that day, I double booked and was not in town - Thanks again Andy W for taking the helm at short notice. September also saw a gaggle of RD's and families head to Bushy parkrun. The holy grail of parkrun and where it all began. We had one of the best days I can remember, Thanks Richard for organising a minibus big enough to take us all.
Here we are - minus Andy W as he'd gone off to marshal
And here we are again after he found us, but Sanjiv had gone walkabout I don't take a good selfie!!!
The very last day of September saw us hold a Basic Life Support Event. The St Johns Ambulance came down to our park with Resus mannequins as part of the BBC Radio Lincolnshire "Save a Life" Campaign. 51 of us had a go at basic resuscitation skills. I hope we never have to use them, but if we do, we will be a little better equipped to respond
October - came signalling the end of the year was rapidly approaching. A busy month for us. At the start Oliver Tunnard took over as RD as part of his DofE Gold award. Well done Oliver, a credit to yourself, DofE and the Tunnard family and a great ambassador for Boston parkrun.
So to our 2nd Birthday - what a fantastic morning. 155 of you turned out to help us celebrate, with a theme of "come as an occupation", you didn't let us down we had great fun seeing you all, some all Halloween style as it was the right time of year, Cakes a plenty from Emma and music from countylinxradio and who can forget that rendition or "parkrun" by your Run Directors?? View again if you can bear at "parkrun". Thank you again to the tremendous Declan Bennett. Declan, our very own Transplant Olympian, kindly agreed to attend and start us off today and even brought his bling to show us.
November - Saw us mark Armistice Day With Matthew Eggleton giving a moving rendition of "Last Post" on his flute. Some parkruns chose not to mark the event at all, but it was well received in our neck of the woods. November also saw the last of the "Egghearntons" reaching his 100th run. Well done Rich.
And so to December - County Linx Radio Needed a new heater and you dug deep again for a couple of weeks to help them buy kit to keep the bus usable. They are already booked for 2018's birthday. And I thought it would be good to do a food bank collection for those more needy than ourselves, you didn't disappoint. This same week we had a great turnout from Boston Triathlon Club, lovely to see so many faces and plenty of young talent.
Since then we've had ice, rain, mud and the fantastic Andy Bailey arranging a Christmas Day run. Here he is on Christmas Day with Santa.
Thank you everyone that has had something to do with parkrun in any way, be that volunteering, baking, photographing, just coming and watching, but also to you runners, as without you it wouldn't be happening at all, it is our combined efforts that make it such a success. Happy parkrunning one and all. I'll leave with one of my favourite pics of our time spent together.