Beautiful conditions this morning to celebrate the 200th Exeter Riverside parkrun. A huge thank you to the core team who brought parkrun to Exeter, the volunteers who've turned out in snow, storms and heatwaves, and the hundreds of people who've jogged, walked or run our course. You've all contributed to a fantastic event that has such a positive impact. It's an opportunity to get active, achieve a goal, clear your mind, share an experience with the family, meet new friends, enjoy the countryside, or simply get out of the house before 9am on a Saturday. It does all that and more every Saturday, for everyone, for free.
We recorded 35 'unknown' participants today, including the first finisher. They don't have a time recorded, either because they didn't want to get their parkrun barcode scanned (which is fine) or they forgot to bring a 'hard copy' of their unique parkrun barcode. If you'd like a time, you must bring your barcode. The following stats (other than attendance) exclude unknown runners.
52 people were doing their first Exeter Riverside parkrun, of which 25 were doing their first parkrun anywhere. Thanks for joining us for our 200th.
A special mention for Caelan Davies and James Marriott who timed it perfectly and reached their junior 10 parkrun milestone today; Caelan bagged a Personal Best (PB) time too. Well done to you both.
We had 310 participants this week - making it 4 out of the past 5 weeks where attendance has been between 310 and 313 people.Among our finishers, there were 10 people in the junior '10 milestone club', 43 in the '50 club', 24 in the '100 club' and 2 in the '250 club'. 14 of today's runners have also joined the '25 volunteering club' (several times over in some cases). Great to see so many milestone shirts being proudly worn this morning.
This week's first recorded male finisher and first finisher overall was Sam Hopton in 16:48. Hester Hill was the first female finisher in 20:06. 7 people reached an age-grading over 75%: including Peter Monaghan 88.83%, Karen Cook 84.10% and Corinne McWilliams 83.96%.
44 people achieve a PB time for our course, perhaps spurred-on by the prospect of cakes (or chocolate medals as I like to think of them) at the time-recording desks. Many thanks to regular volunteer-coordinator (and runner today), Becci for those.
Nobody finished in a time exactly matching today's date (23:06) although Karen Cook came closest with 23:04. Next week, the magic time will be 30:06; more chance of that than 7:07 the following week. Our 200th finisher for our 200th run was Kenson Lowe one place ahead of Dennis, today's 30 minute pacer.
Next week marks the end of the first half of 2018 and the start of our next 200 parkruns. Please take a look at our future volunteer roster http://www.parkrun.org.uk/exeterriverside/futureroster/ and sign-up for a couple of sessions over the next 6 weeks if you can. There are lots of different roles, most don't require any previous experience and there are always experienced volunteers around who will support you. It's good fun; give it a go.