I'll say this for you, good people of Daventry: you really are sticking to those healthy New Year's resolutions. A bit of a cold wind and drizzle didn't stop an impressive field of 370 people running, walking and jogging their way around the Country Park for Event 224. We're here every week to help you meet your exercise and volunteering goals - see you again soon?
A very warm welcome to the 38 first-timers, including the 26 people who took part in their first ever adult parkrun. Amongst the brand new visitors to Daventry parkrun (but no stranger to parkrunning) was Graeme KAFKA from Edinburgh who sped through the mud and the puddles, taking the first finish token in a super quick 17:47. That's got to be a tourism stint to remember! A special mention also goes to Lily CAMPBELL, James CAMPBELL and Caroline CAMPBELL who all made their 5K debut together.Four runners hit their first official running milestones with Paul GROSVENOR and Adam WHITTY joining the 50 club and Lyla HEPWORTH and Jake LONDON joining the 10 club. As well as earning his 10 tee, Jake bagged himself a PB of 30:24. Many congratulations to you all - look out for those links to order your well-earned t-shirts soon. Here's to your next milestones!
A total of 49 people achieved PBs this week - what a way to start the weekend. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- Joseph DUNCKLE got his second consecutive course PB. He's already shaved off 2:35 since the start of the year - amazing progress and 2019 has barely begun!
- Grace SAVAGE also got yet another PB this year, taking her fastest Daventry parkrun time down from 41:49 to a much reduced 37:04. Well done, Grace, all those junior parkruns are showing in that phenomenal improvement.
- Good things come to those who wait, with Tina WILKINS getting a PB of 32:59, beating her previous PB of 33:32 from November 2016. Bask in your glory, Tina!
- Ethan WICK is on an epic PB streak, having got quicker each time since starting parkrun back in November 2018. Congratulations on your latest PB of 22:44, Ethan.
This event was made possible by 23 other volunteers:
Stella-Maria THOMAS • Sophie CREAK • Michael WEAVING • Christopher EDGE • Karen BALLOCH • Jess BISHOP • Nick CLEMONS • Jenny LANCASTER • Kim MULLANEY • Janice WILSON • Neil WILLS • David TARBUCK • Shona C BARKER • Paul BARKER • Emily RUSSELL • Derek MONROE • Anna HARRINGTON • Deborah MONROE • Dominic TRANTER • Maureen SMITH • Erin Tranter TRANTER • Millie CREAK • Charlotte CREAK • Ben ALLEE
Particular thanks to Run Director Karen BALLOCH for donning the blue and white hi-viz to make sure the event went smoothly and to Event Director Stella-Maria THOMAS who volunteered, ran, then volunteered some more, all whilst celebrating her 60th birthday. Now, that's how to make the most out of a Saturday. Many happy returns!
Joining the team of local legends were first-time volunteers Ben ALLEE, Sophie CREAK, Charlotte CREAK and Emily RUSSELL. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a hi-viz hero yourself, just email email@example.com dates of when you're available to volunteer. You'll soon find it's just as addictive as running, if not more so.
Well done to everyone who got out of bed to take part in parkrun. There were so many inspiring achievements and little victories for Event 224 - for the full list of results, take a look here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/daventry/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=224
Until the next time,
Shona C BARKER