Although this Saturday morning was much cloudier and chillier than last week, it didn’t stop the Finsbury parkrunners showing up in their lycra-clad, buggy-pushing, dog-wielding masses to celebrate parkrun’s 14th birthday. An incredible 394 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were fresh-faced first timers and 75 recorded new Personal Bests. Not only did we have a great turn out on this special day, but we welcomed two new 50 club members: Gwyneth HARRISON-SHERMOEN and George GIBBS, and a new 100 club member: Jenny BERRISFORD. Congratulation also to first-time Run Director Libby, who did a super job.
In the last few weeks, a couple of tumbles were taken on the loose gravel in the rose garden, though this week this was counteracted with some cleverly placed cones and nobody fell over. A success indeed. Instead of tumbles, we had a few bikes, cars and vans on the course, but no accidents thankfully!
It was great to see two runners from the online running community, Run Mummy Run, whose smiles never left their faces the whole way around the route!
Also spotted on the course this week was the truly-tailed tail runner, Caz, leading the runners in style from the back. Caz brought along lots of friends from #backpackersrunning - see you again soon guys!
The volunteer team this week was coordinated by Katie, who has been doing the role for over a year now, and has only had 3 weeks off in that time! Special mention must also go to our regular marshal Bill who was running today, taking a well-earned break from volunteering. Amazingly, Bill has volunteered at least once a month since October 2016!
If volunteering seems like your cup of tea, do get in touch with the team at email@example.com! We always need more helping hands, whether as a marshal, a time-keeper, a finish funnel organiser or any of the other jobs that are so crucial to making parkrun work. You will undoubtedly be rewarded with a warm, fuzzy feeling, a good few “thank you, Marshal’s” and a general sense of doing good in the world.
Rebecca (marshaling at the top of the hill)