First-of-all, apologies for the lack of a run report for the last couple of weeks. Sadly, life got in the way, meaning I didn’t have the time to write one. If there are any other parkrunners out there who feel they would like to give the run report ago, do shout, I am more than happy to share the workload.
Anyway, onto this week’s run, made all the more special by it being a celebration of the NHS at 70. (There was an interesting piece in the Guardian today which talked about why parkrun and the NHS were a mutual cause for celebration). It was great to see so many of you on Saturday sporting signs to say why you were grateful for the NHS. I’m sure each and everyone of us can think of many ways we are grateful for the free healthcare we receive – from the small everyday things, through to those life saving events. A BIG thank you has to go out to the volunteers this week, the majority of whom worked for the NHS. We had Nurses (of various specialties), GP’s, Physiotherapists, an accountant, someone covering what us laymen’s would probably think of as HR, Orthoptist, those working out in the community and not to mention our CQC inspector who gave Milton parkun an outstanding judgment
Thank you to you to - Helen D JOHNSON • David MAIL • Jacky THULBORN • Andrew PARSONS • Rebecca TAYLOR • James STOCKER • Janie BUCHANAN • Sarah MOULTON • Joanna PARSONS • Neil BANKS • Lauren THOMAS • Sarah JONES • Amy COPE • Sarah BOLT • Sandi NEWMAN • Joanne OUTTRIM • Maria MARTIN • Catriona CURRY • Gordon CLARK • Joshua CLARK • Rachel PILSWORTH • Rachel NORTHFIELD • Jenny PAYNE • Megan PARKER • Jackie TOMLINSON • Rebecca PARKER • Ellena FARROW • Robert BARBER • James BARBER • Camilla CHEUNG • Pauline KNIGHTON • Nadine BARBER • Stuart PAYNE • Max MARTIN • Terry TAYLOR-CRUSH • Sarah CRABTREE • Sarah KING • John MARTIN
As well as our NHS volunteers, the Medical Director of Addenbrookes, and three employees of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning group took part in the run, some of them for the first time. I have it on good authority that those from the CCG enjoyed it so much they are planning to return to take part in more events. We look forward to welcoming you again.
This week 561 people ran, jogged and walked the course, and a whopping 128 of you recorded personal bests. Wow, the mud finally properly going seems to be making all the difference. We welcomed 64 were first timers. Some PB’s of note this week include; Heather ALCOCK 39:04, who grabbed her 5th PB in 6 events, Kevin HEYNES 35:34, who managed to complete the course almost 3 minuet quicker than his previous fastest time, Kerry SWANNELL, 30:57, who returned to parkrun in May for the first time since 2016, and each weeks has been steadily chipping away at her times and Jennie Hall 25:45, who ran her first PB since November 2016.
The runclub milestone link is playing up again so I can’t provide this information this week, apologies. However, a big thank you to Mark FREEMAN who completed his 25th time of volunteering at a parkrun. Many thanks for all your help. If anyone else fancies trying to bag a purple volunteering T-shirt why not have a look at the future rota and pop your name down to help.
As we had a celebration for 70 years of the NHS I thought I would celebrate two runners this week, the person in position 426 (the number of Cambridge parkruns there have been) and the runner in position 70. Amanda HASLOP was the athlete to finish in position 426. Amanda has completed 21 runs since she completed her first parkrun almost a year ago back in May 2017. We look forward to welcoming you to many more parkruns at Milton. While Ivan MORIARTY was the runner to bag position 70. Ivan has completed 19 runs at Cambridge, improving his time by over 5 minuets since he first took part back in September last year.
First finishers for the men this week were;
- Adam TAPLEY – 17:02
- Stuart LEWIS – 17:35
- Sean MCKENNA – 17:41
While for the ladies the top three were;
- Rachel LINDLEY (18 overall) – 19:03
- Helen BARRY (35th) – 19:51
- Katherine HYMERS (38th) – 20:08
For the juniors;
- Alfie LEE (68th overall) – 21:41
- Rasmus BLOMBERG (85th) – 22:04
- Joe WEBB (89th) – 22:10 (PB)
Lilly O'DELL, was the first female junior in a time of 23:19
No time I’m afraid for aesthetically pleasing time this week, sorry.
Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)