Winter is here! Well not quite, but Burnham and Highbridge parkrun reverted to its winter finish line in the wake of Storm Callum who left unseasonably warm but very windy conditions for runners today. Talking of winter, Burnham and Highbridge parkrun won’t be hosting a Christmas/New Year special this year, but will be in full flow on 22nd and 29 December.
Of the 190 runners who ran today, 14 new personal bests were set - I have a feeling they were heavily wind assisted although many runners struggled on the return leg as they ran, walked or jogged against the wind. Where did you find the strength? Nevertheless, congratulations to everyone who came and conquered today’s event. Our first runner home was Mark Williams from Portishead Running club who completed the course in 17:59, sneaking just under the 18 minute barrier. Our first lady home was Katie Seymour, a first timer who completed the course in 22:28, 18th overall.
A big mention to Sue Nicholls who completed a milestone 50 parkruns today. Sue is one of the core members who helped to organise Burnham and Highbridge parkrun and if Sue isn’t running a marathon somewhere around the world, Sue will be running the parkrun with her family, encouraging the next generation of parkrunners.
A special mention to our volunteers who are now facing the seasons of wind, rain, gusts, gales and possible snow to ensure that you all successfully complete your parkrun, hoping to gain new standards, personal bests or the simple accomplishment of achieving 5km. If you are willing to brave the conditions and volunteer at a future event please email email@example.com. You won’t have to give speeches like our Run Director Dave Cooke gave this morning!
This week 190 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Shan MCCARTHY • Angela CLARKE • Sue NICHOLLS • Tracey BENTON • Brian BEALE • Steven DORRALL • Mark BENTON • David COOKE • Matt POWELL • Len HORLOCK • Jonathan WICKENS • Allan PENDLETON • Max BOYES • Colin HOLDOM • Samantha SMITH • Pete MANNING • Paul THOMAS • Marie CHAPPLE • Katrina BUFTON • Mark COX • Peter WATKINS • Adrian DAVIS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 16:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 81).
The male record is held by Adam HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:31 on 19th May 2018 (event number 151).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 96.67% (23:02) on 5th September 2015 (event number 12).
Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 6,572 participants have completed 38,209 parkruns covering a total distance of 191,045 km, including 7,503 new Personal Bests.
Run report written by: Steve Dorrall