What a fantastic morning! 576 people ran, jogged and walked their way round the course , we had 61 first timers, 142 people achieved personal bests, 8 people joined running milestone clubs, we sang happy birthday (many happy returns Linda CROOK) and our very own co-run director and regional ambassador, Paul BEASTALL, clocked up his 250th time of volunteering for parkrun. A highly impressive milestone and one, we at Cambridge parkrun are all very grateful for. Did you know Saturday was only his 164th run? This means Paul has volunteered 1.5 times to every run he has completed.
Now, we don’t ask for you guys to volunteer quite this much, but we do ask for you to try and help out around 3 times a year. I know it can be hard to give up your Saturday morning run, but without the help of everyone, Cambridge parkrun would not be the success it is. A few ways I make sure I fit my 3 volunteering stints in a year is to help when I’m injured, under the weather with a cold or if I have a big event on a Sunday. Not only am I helping out but I still get to be part of the Saturday morning buzz. (I am also reliably informed that Saturday morning cake, after volunteering, contains no calories*) If you really can’t face giving up your Saturday morning run and are never injured or unwell (let me know your secret!) we also have volunteering roles that can be done before or after the event and allow you to still run. Never volunteered and are worried you might get it wrong, or mess it up? Rest assured there are a whole range of roles and you will never be asked to do something your not comfortable with. Oh and even if you do ‘mess it up’ (which you won’t) it’s not really an issue. We just say sorry and offer everyone a free timed run the following week Fancy helping out? Check out the future rota here and email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date and role you would like to help with.
I think the pacers this morning deserve a special mention. The combination of Andrew Scarlet (plus friend) at 26 chasing me down and Mike di Franco at 25 pulling me on, certainly helped me to get my quickest run of the year so far and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. So thank you to;
Richard Moore - pacing 20
Jonathan Pye- pacing 21
Sam Massey- pacing 22
Brieuc Lehmann- pacing 23
Trev Nichol - pacing 24
Mike di Franco- pacing 25
Andrew Scarlett - pacing 26
Frederick Cheung- pacing 27
Geoff Meads- pacing 28
Karl Jones - pacing 29
Helen Henry- pacing 30
Ben Peterson - pacing 32
Jenny Payne- pacing 35
We hope for these mass pacing runs to become a regular occurrence on the first Saturday of the month, volunteers permitting.
A big well done to Natasha MERRICKS, who joined the 10 club. Casper HISCOCK, Gareth BURMBY, Ludovic, Sylvain Marc RENOU, Melanie HODSON, Paul COOK and Poppy CORBETT who all joined the 50 club. And last, but not least to Brody KLUND who is now in the 100 club.
The top finishers were dominated by the youngster’s this week. Thomas KEEN was first over the line in 15:34, grabbing himself a shiny new PB in the process. He was followed by Jordan Peter WOOD, in 16:03 (also a PB) and Jacob FREEBOROUGH in 16:37 (again another PB). In fact the PB’s continued all the way down to the 7th finisher who was also the first lady. Well done to Julia PATERNAIN who came over the line in 17:19. She was followed by Angela JOINER-HANDY in 19:13 and Maija KOZLOVA in 19:21 (also a PB).
Right, that’s quite enough from me this week!
Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)
*Source may not have conducted a scientific experiment to back up their fact