We had another fantastic parkrunday this week with our event also celebrating our 2nd Anniversary parkrun! With an instruction to our parkrunners to ‘Do it Differently!’ we had a range of superheroes, pyjama warriors and range of people dressed inappropriately for a parkrun in the park - including cycling kit, wrong shoes, wrong outfits! We also shook things up by running the course in reverse! Thank you goes out to all our parkrunners this week for heeding our safety advice ensuring that running in the opposite direction didn’t upset any regular park users or cause any injuries due to hazards we don’t experience when running in our usual direction.
So onto the business of this week's run report. It wouldn't be an anniversary run report though without sharing with you some of the impressive stats that we have managed to collect. A total of 2,420 unique runners have taken part in our event over the last two years, running a total of 11,966 runs! Laid out one after the other that means we have run a total of 59,830km and for a total of 260 days, 18 hours, 30 minutes and 39 seconds!
This week’s first finishers were:
- Marcus Weedon (men)
- Simona Cristia (women)
- Sebastian Hollingshead (boys)
- Ellie Power (girls)
We had two parkrunners also celebrating their milestone 50th parkrun! Congratulations to Olivia Ziants and Raju Dattani!
But running, walking and jogging is only one piece of the parkrun puzzle. Since Canons Park parkrun began two years ago, 239 unique volunteers contributed a total of 1422 volunteering sessions. When comparing to the stats I was reporting for our first birthday celebrations, that means we welcomed an average of 2 brand new volunteers each week. Were you one of them? The volunteers truly are the beating heart of our event, so thank you to every single one of you.
As always I would like to thank this week’s amazing volunteers: Chris PARKINSON-BEST • Emma RACKHAM • Angela TOMUSANGE • Nathan POWELL • Penny HUDSON • Barry NOLAN • Kyie HOLLINGSHEAD • John AYTON • Alisha SIDIK • Esmat SIDIK • Zaheer SIDIK • Bilal ALI • Kevin ZIANTS • Deri ANSHER • Jo-Anne WINSTON • Alice MULVENNA • Zawer LAD • Kaylum PATEL.
As the weather gets colder and the Good Friends Cafe closes for the winter the core team have begun considering a way we may be able to provide free tea and coffee to keep our volunteers and parkrunners warm. We have an idea in place, but if you feel you could help be responsible for bringing a hot water thermos some weeks/each week (everything would be provided), please get in touch! As parkrun’s cash handling policy prohibits volunteers from handling ANY cash, if you are inclined to donate towards our tea and coffee facility, you will be able to make an online donation via our website: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/canonspark/aboutus/ where all money coming in and out of our event fund is completely transparent for all to see.
Thank you so much for being a part of this incredible community of ours! I am sincerely honored to be part of it!