Thank you and well done to our 19 volunteers and 167 runners who participated in our 4th birthday parkrun at Fell Foot this morning. We hope you all enjoyed our brand new course because we’ll be using it for the foreseeable future; thank you for your understanding and co-operation with regard to the necessary exclusion of dogs and buggies.
For those who missed it, we started with an unusually extended pre-run briefing during which we extended our thanks to:
• Our National Trust hosts at Fell Foot park without whose support, enthusiasm and tolerance we wouldn’t have a venue;
• All of our volunteers throughout the year – in particular, ‘those we never see on a Saturday’ – the Volunteer Co-ordinators, course setter uppers and results processors – who make the Run Directors’ roles so much easier than they would otherwise be;
• All of the runners, joggers and walkers who have participated in our events. Without participants – primary schoolchildren to pensioners, beginners to internationals, first timers to 100 clubbers (and beyond), regulars and visitors – there would be no point to what we do.
Thank you all
We also extended congratulations to:
• Peter Ion, Sue Winn and Kirsty Martindale who completed their 50th parkrun today
• Visitor Damian Ashcroft from Bungay Black Dog Runners who completed his 100th parkrun today (to be honest, this one crept under the pre-run brief radar – sorry about that - but is worthy of note all the same)
• Fell Foot super-volunteer John Nettleton who will be 90 on Sunday
• Returning parkrunner Patrick Lafferty on his first parkrun following heart surgery
• Five more parkrunners attending their first parkrun ever
And last but by no means least
• Kate, Andy, Will and Ned Brayshaw who are the well deserving recipients of this year’s Fell Foot parkrun Event Director’s shield
And the leading performers out on the course?
First runner home was visitor Peter Bird of Wallasey AC, one of 54 runners appearing at Fell Foot for the first time.
First lady was Karen Ball of Ackworth Road Runners, one of 12 setting a new PB for Fell Foot.
Thanks again to everybody for today – here’s to the next four years.