"It was a glorious, fine, sunny morning for a parkrun with absolutely no sign of storm Callum your honor", said run director Glyn. We present exhibit A for the defense in this matter.
Oh, how things changed come 9am where it was clear the rain would be making an appearance, just how much of an appearance I don't think anyone anticipated at that point. Having been impressed with the friendly approach taken at Sizewell parkrun we incorporated a handshake and a "good luck" to fellow parkrunners at the end of the pre-event brief this week. We also welcomed 29 first timers, tourists from afar a field as Brazil and representatives from 19 difference clubs.
Kevin Baddeley, ran his 50th parkrun with helium balloon in tow, captured below by volunteer photographer Emma Jeffrey. Many of you were clearly wanting to get out of the rain as quickly as possible with 48 recorded Personal Bests. This included Emily and Jenny Fox who both completed their 9th parkrun & both in 33:58.
In all we had 357 people run, jog and walk the course. Well done everyone for making it round and we hope you enjoyed the complimentary shower. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cassiobury parkrun Results Page.
Massive thank you to the volunteers
While for many people this week was a quick dash round the course followed by a warming cuppa in the Cha Cafe or a hot shower at home, your parkrun was made possible by 25 fantastic volunteers who stood in the rain until the tail walker crossed the finish line. Thank you all so much.
Matthew BEANEY • Charles HENDERSON • Katerina FELLAS • Alistair RUST • Alistair BALDERSON • John O'CONNOR • Katherine BEANEY • Sakalain MEGHJEE • Glyn JAGGER • Vinod RAGHAVAN • Andrea GAUTHIER • Hamish STARLING • David PEARCE • Emma JEFFREY • Stephen HOBBS • Richard LESTER • Kelly JAGGER • Mark MORBEY • Kerry STOCK • Graham DORMER • Fatim PANJU • Danny BRODERICK • Ryan COBB • Shay RATHOD • Rajesh RATHOD
Some of our regular pacer volunteers from Watford Joggers where also on hand giving out leaflets for their upcoming Autumn 10k for those of you wishing to test yourself over double the distance. Just in case your leaflet got a little soggy here's a handy link to their details: https://www.watfordjoggers.org.uk/watford-10k
Rajesh Rathod wrote down a record 28 barcode details as many of you found your paper barcodes had disintegrated by the finish. All these were studiously typed into the system to ensure you received your results.
Several of you asked me where you can purchase the official parkrun wristbands, key fobs etc. for a more durable alternative to the paper barcode. So here is a handy link: https://parkrun-barcode.com/ (ensure it shows United Kingdom (£) top-right). I know of one parkrun run director who will be very excited by the appearance of purple flatbands.
Forgot your kit? Got the wrong kit?
We needed to fold the tarpaulin in half after the start this week in an attempt to keep your kit dry. It did mean that not everything was exactly where you left it. We had one very worried runner who thought his sweatshirt containing his only set of car keys had gone missing! Thankfully a little more searching and this turned up.
The following three items were left on the fence and I know of at least one person who picked up the wrong top. The kit below has been dried and will be placed in the parkrun locker by the finish for collection at future parkruns for a couple of weeks at which point unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
Cassiobury parkrun started on 28th February 2015. Since then 8,275 participants have completed 57,820 parkruns covering a total distance of 289,100 km, including 11,048 new Personal Bests.
- The male record is held by Adam BOWDEN who recorded a time of 14:42 on 26th December 2015 (event number 45).
- The female record is held by Hannah KITCHEN who recorded a time of 17:25 on 15th April 2017 (event number 116).
- The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 98.46% (18:23) on 25th July 2015 (event number 22).
Aesthetically, pleasing time of the week goes to Sophie Cooke 24:42, who also has an aesthetically pleasing PB time of 23:23.
The big dry-out
Don't let the thought of a damp high-viz put you off volunteering for next week's parkrun. All the kit has been nicely dried so feel free to email Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer at your next parkrun.