Buckingham Parkrun, Statto speaks!
If there is one thing most runners like more than running, it is stats about running, pb's, split times, training logs etc. One of the great things about Parkrun is that the fun and social side are clearly the most important thing about our Saturday morning in Bourton Park, but come Saturday afternoon those of us with an inquisitive mind have ready access to a whole fresh set of stats to delve into.
As we approach our 20th event next Saturday we have a growing body of facts about the Buckingham parkrun family. In our first 19 weeks we have seen over 2100 separate runs over the 5k course completed by 769 different people. A total running time, of 973 hours, or to put it another way, and not getting too biblical about this but roughly 40 days and 40 nights! If run in a relay, the distance covered is about the same as that between Buckingham and Kuala Lumpa and I reckon at the current rate we could get around the world by next April!
Anyway, before I disappear up my own statistical orifice, the beauty of parkrun is really about people and communities and I think that a booming running community has been galvanised in Buckingham over the past few months. It has been fantastic to see the growing numbers as the weeks have passed and the gathering of the clan in our bright running gear every Saturday morning has brought a real buzz to the town and to the parks.
Before I sign off, I would like to bring your attention to our points table that is based on both running and volunteering activity. The male points tally is currently being led by Jonathan Fox who has run on 14 separate occasions and has also volunteered further 3 times, a pack of our regular runners led by Timothy Waggett are hot on his heels. In the female points tally Jennifer McBain is top of the pile having also been first finisher on 10 separate occasions with Debbie Morris leading the chase. We are all in there somewhere, so check to see where you are and see your points tally rise as we head into the autumn.