It was another wedding themed parkrun on Saturday as, following the events of the 25th February parkrun, we got to witness first hand the sequel - the wedding day parkrun!
As part of their wedding day nuptial plans (and much to the horror of the bride's hairdresser!), David ALLISON and Pherenice WORSEY-BUCK decided to run parkrun in fancy dress and it was agreed that the run would start at the same point as where David had publicly proposed to Pherenice back in February.
Little did they know that Run Director for the day, Andy Tucker, decided that, even though they were to be formally married that afternoon in the nearby St Luke's Church, he would firstly marry them into the parkrun church, by donning a priest collar and black suit and converting his run briefing into a parkrun marriage service! Our saviour Paul Sinton-Hewitt and his 5 commandments were mentioned (though shalt not forget your barcode, thou shalt thank the volunteers, etc), before Fr Andy requested that if anyone knew why these two parkrunners should not get married, they should form a queue to see him afterwards!
Hed then he proceeded to the solemn vows, using the classic hula hoop ring, before asking if Pherenice would love honour etc David and whether he would just do as he is told! Fr. Andy then he pronounced them 'ready to be spliced', before leading the parkrun congregation in a special rendition of our lord's prayer, as follows;
"Our parkrun which art in Bromley from near and far we came, for we will have fun, its not a race its a run, and we should all be done and home by 11. For today is the day when David and Pherenice will be wed, so we give them our best wishes and we give these two our best parkrun send off, so lead them not into temptation (cos they are finally making it legal!), for their future we wish them will be happy and healthy for ever and ever, amen"
After that, there was a parkrun, and first over the line, having had to dodge through a wedding congregation on the way round, was Roger VILARDELL, in his last parkrun before the Berlin Marathon this coming weekend (Good luck Roger!), in a time of 16:11, followed by Sam AGNEW in 17:09, both very close to their PB's. Young Felix VAUGHAN was third male, in a time of 17:31.
Roger flying home!
First lady was Geraldine SCHAER in 20:07, followed by Emma CRAWFORD in 20:17 and Rachel BENTLEY third in 21:12, a Petts Wood clean sweep!
There were a total of 553 runners, and of that 32 were first timers and 45 achieved PBs.
Of particular note was young Heath GRIFFIN (JM10) in his 110th parkrun obtaining an amazing time of 21:26 and an age grading of just under 80%. Good running genes there I suspect!
Heath on his way to a new PB!
Thanks to this week's volunteers
A. R. HANTIU • Adam CHANNON • Adrian ASHWORTH • Andy TUCKER • Aurelia OSBORNE • Graeme BOXALL • Harry HONE • Ian MOORE • Janet SIMMS • Jasmin NANCEKIVELL-SMITH • John DIAMANTE • Liz DUVAL • Marijana URBANY • Rachael NANCEKIVELL-SMITH • Rebecca CHANNON • Sally CHANNON • Sandra ELWES • Sarah SHUFF • Sophie GRIEVES • Steven PAIRMAN • Tim SPRINGETT • Trevor DRURY
See our volunteer page for details on getting involved in making Bromley parkrun happen.
I am pleased to report that David and Pherenice were (somewhat more formally) married that same afternoon in St Luke's Church. The bridegroom even worse trousers for the occasion (for a while anyway) and the Bride's hair looked quite impeccable!