For our last parkrun of February we were promised balmy Mediterranean temperatures, however at 8.45 when I looked across the course from the track to the football stadium, the course was bathed in fog. More akin to Dickensian London, than our beautiful seaside town. Walking back to the start of the course, clearly the fog had not deterred any runners, as a crowd of 555 runners and walkers, made their way around the corner of the athletics stadium to the start of the course. Today we were joined by both a hen and stag party and parkrun tourists from far flung destinations such as Hull, Torbay and Uttoxeter. We welcomed 80 newcomers to Bournemouth today, and 26 of these people were enjoying their first ever parkrun event.
As the hooter sounded we collectively ran, jogged and walked into the mist. By 9.15 the sun had broken through the fog and the promised heat began to develop. It was a beautiful spring morning to make our way around the course superbly kept safe for us by a great team of volunteers. At about this time as I made my way up the hill for the first time, I was passed by a much faster stream of runners already on their final lap. I want to say a big well done to the lady beside me also on her first lap pushing a double buggy and making it look effortless, you are my hero!!! Well done also to all the Mums and Dads patiently guiding round their sons and daughters crossing over from Junior Parkrun, I wish to have your patience and enthusiasm. For the runners and walkers with dogs, you have multi-tasking skills I can only dream of. You all keep the spirit of Parkrun alive.
Congratulations go to the first man, Stuart Nicholas and first lady, Holly Collier, who both also achieved PB’s today. In fact today an incredible 92 people pushed beyond what they thought possible and achieved new PB’s. But of course everyone who turned up ran, jogged or walked the course today is a winner. Thank you so much also to the great team of volunteers who make parkrun possible every week. If you haven’t volunteered yet, and are thinking about it, just go for it. It’s fun and informative and so friendly. I learn something new, and make new friends every time I volunteer. If you’re thinking about coming to your first event, to walk or jog or something quicker, again register, print off your barcode and come along. It’s the best way to start the weekend !!!!
This week 555 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 80 were first timers and 92 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 47 volunteers:
Roger BRANKIN • Mike WHITE • Samantha SMITH • Steve SHUCK • Barry TELLING • Mike FULLER • Kirsty DREWETT • Colin GRIFFITHS • Caron ROGERS • Luke DOWSETT • Sam JENKINS • Mark GOODWIN • Graham PENNECK • Ruby MCCULLY • Julie ASTIN • Katie JENKINS • Nikki ROLPH • Richard CANNINGS • Anne Claude ROCHE • Gary QUIRKE • Kay SAYER • Pawel SUROWIEC • Theo DUNNING • Aleta KILGORE • Ben BUCKLAND • Naomi CAPELL • Susan ELSWORTH • Angie BOND • Sophie LOVETT • Mark EASTON • Nicholas MASON • John MAYNARD • Julie BURDEN • Dylan NEWMAN • Dylan ATKINSON • Alison HARDY • Lucy TITCOMBE • Sarah BISHOP • Jelena DAVEY • Sam TAYLOR • Laura FUTCHER • Linda JACKSON • Nayan KERAI • Holly ATKINSON • Charley MULLINS • Lewis BLADON • Dan SEARLEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bournemouth parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Neil Robert BONIFACE who recorded a time of 15:34 on 25th June 2016 (event number 151).
The female record is held by Charlotte PENFOLD who recorded a time of 17:18 on 17th June 2017 (event number 203).
The Age Grade course record is held by Caroline HORDER who recorded 95.57% (22:12) on 19th May 2018 (event number 251).
Bournemouth parkrun started on 24th August 2013. Since then 12,526 participants have completed 96,925 parkruns covering a total distance of 484,625 km, including 15,958 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,082 individuals have volunteered 9,670 times.