A long time ago (ok, Saturday) in a galaxy (well, a town, specifically Bracknell) far, far away (ok really close but allow me some artistic licence here!!!!).....yes, you have me writing your run report this week as well as my costume possibly getting in your way during parkrun!!
This week 275 heroes ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers (including Genci PEPAJ who led the pack home) and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part (my favourite club name being Smiley Paces, which actually did make me smile!).
Talking of smiles, even after my 133 parkruns I am still amazed by the friendly faces you encounter at Bracknell parkrun week in and week out, regardless of the weather! This goes for the runners as well as volunteers, everyone really goes the extra (3.2!) mile to make this an enjoyable, but more importantly, an inclusive event. I followed the pack home this week yet there was a large group of people still clapping and cheering every single runner home – wow! It's for this reason I feel so sure that when I suggest parkrun to someone I know they will be welcomed, will love it and will come back for more!
Onto the actual run and recent events have been described as boggy. Well, this one was no exception in parts, despite the much drier weather on the day. Extra points to the marshals at the top of the woods trying to forewarn the runners they were about to get muddy shoes!
A big well done to the new 50 club members this week, Susan Porter and Dallas Huntley and to Robert Guest, who has managed 100 parkruns - a round of applause certainly deserved! We look forward to seeing you again wearing your new 50 and 100 shirts soon!
If you are new to parkrun and want to try your hand at volunteering please do. The team will make you feel welcome and tell you everything you need to do. Some roles you can do and also still get your run in, so please have a look at the volunteer page as it is rewarding and we all know the event wouldn't happen without our high-vis heroes!
This week the event was made possible by 30 volunteers:
Andy SCOTT • Chris MANTON • Mike SANKEY • Gill MANTON • Daniel MANTON • Charlie MANTON • Susan THOMAS • Rachel STOCKDALE • Ian COX • Tariq ASSI • Steph CLARE • Joan BARKER • Kevin BARKER • Doug BRADY • Samuel SINCLAIR • Samantha COOMBS • David WATLER • Cinthia PARKES • Emily HICKS • Mark NEVE • Johan SCHREUDER • Gaynor MURRAY • Matthew DAVIES • Mackenzie CAPALDI • Miriam STALLARD • Kerry SCOTT • Callum BROADBENT • Luke TAYLOR • Jack STALLARD • Heidi PAISLEY
So over to the photos (this week taken by Mike Sankey) and the exciting moment to see if you made it to the run report (we all check don't we?? just me then!)
And theyre off....
Speeding along but still got time for a thumbs up
Ill raise you your thumbs up, with two thumbs up!
Spidey to the rescue!
Superstar DJs, here we go!!
This cool passenger can relax during any turbulence!
The force is strong in this one (the one week I know when I check I'll be in the photos!)
Ain't no party like a parkrun party....
Sprint finish in full effect...
Great to see families enjoying the occasion together....
The finish line.....no finer sight on a Saturday morning (apart from the cake table!!)
The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bracknell parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Richard ALLEN who recorded a time of 16:46 on 10th December 2016 (event number 91).
The female record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded a time of 17:54 on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sophie QUIRK who recorded 86.59% (17:54) on 29th July 2017 (event number 125).
Bracknell parkrun started on 4th April 2015. Since then 7,039 participants have completed 48,284 parkruns covering a total distance of 241,420 km, including 8,420 new Personal Bests