The lure of cake, a birthday celebration and the cancelation this week for Wimpole parkrun meant that on it’s 8th Birthday, Cambridge parkrun set a new attendance record of 647. That’s a 150 more-people completing Cambridge parkrun this week than last and 20 more than the previous record of 627 set on the 15th April 2017!
But all of those figures are a far cry from the numbers who took part on the first ever Cambridge parkrun held on the 30th January 2010, when a mere 71 people took part. How quite it would seem if only 70 people showed up for a run now! Of those 71 people to complete the inaugural event, six of them where there on Saturday to complete the 408th event at Cambridge. Una MANNU (206 runs), Terry BRAVERMAN (325 runs), Jeff BRUNTON (127 runs), Julie L STRINGER (247 Runs), Colin SELTZER (224 runs) and Pauline BLAKE (295 runs).
The first event took part with the help of 11 volunteers (this weeks had 37). Over the 8 years Cambridge parkrun has been going there has been the need for a total of 11726 volunteers. These roles have been filled by just 1962 different people. A MASSIVE thank you if you are one of these hi-viz heroes who have helped to make Cambridge parkrun what it is over the years.
Did you know, that when Cambridge parkrun started there were only 26 other parkruns in existence? 25 of those were in the UK, with one in Denmark.
Over the last 8 years, 16,024 people have completed Cambridge parkrun, covering a distance of 691,575km, in a time of 7Years 64Days 23Hrs 4Min 11Secs. That means 32,048 feet have pounded their way round the paths of Milton Country park. In that time only 10 events have been cancelled and this is testament to the effort that MCP puts in to allow us to run week in and week out. You may not be aware that the park is run by a local charity and do not obtain any government funding. Instead they rely heavily on car parking monies and donations. Over the last 8 years our collective feet have had a big impact on the park so do please park in the carpark if your drive. If you cycle or walk why not pop the odd pound or two in to the parking bucket every so often to help with funding.
But what about today’s run? Of the 647 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, 60 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests, despite the slippy and slidy conditions underfoot (for some reason this week I had brain failure and rocked up in my road trainers – I will try hard not to do that again!). In the 8 years Cambridge parkrun has been going a total of 24,179 PB’s have been run!
First across the line this week was Brian O'CONNOR in a time of 17:13, he was closely followed by Adam TAPLEY in 17:23 and Robert MAHEN in 17:31. Julia PATERNAIN was first across the line for the ladies (8th overall) in a time of 18:11. Faith VINEY was second (37th overall) in a time of 20:14, with Helen BARRY the third lady to cross the finish line in a time of 20:21 (position 46 overall). For the Juniors William BRADLEY finished first, in a time of 19:00 (12th overall) and bagged himself our first PB of the day. He was closely followed by William HOWLING who was 13th overall in a time of 19:03. Alex MELLOY was the third junior (position 16 overall) in a time of 19:22.
The runner in position 408 was Clare NOBLE. Clare completed her first parkrun back in April 2014. Since then she has run a total of 38 parkruns, mainly at Cambridge. Although she has ventured over to King’s Lynn for a few parkruns too. Over the years Clare has grabbed herself 8 PB’s.
A special mention also to Hester COLBY, who has been our most regular junior parkrunner over the last year, completing 33 runs at Cambridge. Hester is still in the JW10 category but has already completed 69 parkruns! And helped to volunteer twice. Thanks Hester
It was a BIG week for run clubs. A Whopping 7 of you completed your 50th run; Tom GRAVES, Amos RONEY, Callum DUNSMORE, Eleanor HASSETT, Patrick VIOLET, Chris KERSWELL and Pauline KNIGHTON. Ben MEADOWS and Jonathan PRICE ran their 100th run while Paul JONES ran his 250th. Well done to you all.
Aesthetically pleasing times were run by Libbie READ 21:12 (PB!), Jonathan APPLETON 23:23, Peter HOWARD 23:23, Edward COLBY 23:32, Chris GAREY 23:32 (FT), Tomas DE LA FUENTE 24:24, Andres ARCIA MORET 24:42, Alix JONES 26:26, Alex SCOTT 27:27 (FT), Olivia PARR 28:28, Helen SEARS 30:03, Charlotte DYER 32:23, Jonathan CLARKE 33:33, Sandi NEWMAN 34:43, Gary DADD 34:43, Camilla CHEUNG 35:35, Rachel KERSWELL 36:36, and Jasper FOSTER 44:44.
See you all in a few weeks,
Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)