In case you didn't know.........today was our third birthday and it couldn't have been more successful. We are all truly thrilled with how the morning went. We suggested wearing fancy dress and it's always a worry that no-one will participate but you didn't disappoint, with many of the costumes causing ripples of laughter around the car park. What must drivers have thought when they saw an 8ft dinosaur directing traffic on the main road or a group of escaped convicts flouting their new found freedom? The Baywatch lifeguards were there to keep us safe as was Superman. It was great to witness lots of you embracing the fun.
A Beekeeper is a dinosaurs favourite food
We were inundated with gorgeous cakes of all varieties, who knew we ran with such a talented bunch. Huge thanks to everyone that donated and well done to self-elected cake taster Jon Jacobs who probably sampled most
Today saw our biggest turnout, word had clearly gotten out about the presence of cakes. An incredible 400 walked, jogged or ran this morning. Three years ago this would have terrified us but now we take it in our stride like true professionals. This would not be achieved without our remarkable volunteers who are the true super heroes. Our event has gone from strength to strength and it is these people who we heavily rely upon that make it such a success.
Our Hi-viz birthday hosts were:
Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Stuart ANDERSON • Sue NICHOLLS • Tracey BENTON • Mark BENTON • Daniel ANDERSON • Georgina DELLA VALLE • Max BOYES • Julie COWDROY • Adrian SMITH • Samantha SMITH • Bernie COWDROY • Patrick MURRAY • Paul THOMAS • Shelley ADAMS-BORDON • Sarah MILLER • Rebecca REEVES • Katrina BUFTON • Tom CINDEREY
Adrian Smith clearly stealing the No1 token:
No-one reached any milestones today but we did have 55 first timers and 76 Personal Bests. Round of applause to you all. Members of Portishead Running Club should be pleased with themselves for successfully completing their first 5k event. For some, this event is difficult enough but others like to just make it that little more challenging. I don't believe in three years have we ever seen a runner push a double buggy with two toddlers in and having their dog with them. Superb effort Roxanne Faulkes.
Well done to everyone who bagged a certificate this morning, big thanks to Stuart Anderson for arranging this and congratulations to both Stuart and Reg Huxtable our Co-event Directors on another wonderful year. Who know's, next year we may break 500!
Mark Benton was taking photos today and if you haven't already seen them then you should, they are worth it.
If you would like to volunteer your help would be appreciated. Please see our volunteer page and send us an Email.
I asked a few of our regulars at Burnham and Highbridge what our parkrun meant to them, here were their replies:
Paul Young "One of the best schemes ever thought up. Good for heart,lungs and mind. Long may it continue"
Catherine Earl "Lots of my family do parkruns all over the country, it's nice to think they are all doing the same thing at 9 am"
Jon Jacobs "It's an excellent way to get into running and keep you going, really friendly bunch"
Max Boyes "Without parkrun I wouldn't have survived after the passing of my wife"
Sam Smith "Gets me out of bed in the morning"
Adrian Smith "I have met some very nice people and have even joined a great running club who are the core team for this parkrun. It has changed my life to be fair"
Mark Benton "When Reg first talked about setting up a parkrun I was concerned about the level of commitment it would need from us every week. Three years on and although it is a commitment, it's one I look forward to and I'm so pleased we did it"
Once again Thank you to all who participated, volunteered and donated cakes/sweets. See you all next week where hopefully our pacers will be present (I have to grovel to Phil Johnson and friends first)