Thanks to parkrun stalwart Nell GAIR for this report!!
"A cold and blustery day greeted 118 runners for Druridge Bays 81st parkrun. Many thanks go to Race Director Ian HARDING and all the volunteers for running another successful event, especially to those who answered a late call for marshals. parkrun relies on the goodwill of the volunteers; volunteering can be such a rewarding experience and seeing the run from another perspective can be an eye opener. If you would like to get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to the Run Director on the day.
With conditions suggesting we would be lucky to see a single PB we in fact got 29! Two of those came in the first 10 finishers. Mark SNOWBALL knocked an impressive 14 seconds off his best time coming home as first finisher in 16:46, the 15th time he has crossed the line first! He was followed home by Alastair MACDONALD, who, on his first outing at Druridge Bay, recorded the highest age grading of the day with 78.65%, and Chris SNOWBALL coming home third. Another mention must go to James WILKES coming home in 7th with a PB, his fourth in four outings. This family have had a storming couple of weeks, last week Scott, Jane and George and James all recorded PBs with Scott declaring that the likelihood of that happening again was similar to winning the lottery. Well get those numbers on WILKES family as merely a week later they matched their feat; four runners in the family and four PBs. For the ladies Lorna MACDONALD came home as first finisher for the 6th time in a time of 20:16, with Catriona MACDONALD and Charlotte BASTON completing the first three.
Ian STEPHENSON joined the 50 club with his run on Saturday; congratulations to him- looking forward to seeing you sporting your t-shirt soon. Look out for a few more regulars joining this club in coming weeks.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to the 5 first timers we had on Saturday and we look forward to seeing you all again. Well done to those 3 parkrunners returning to Druridge for their second run and earning themselves a personal best.
See you all on Saturday and #don'tforgetyourbarcode"