Written by Kevin Bill
The 300th Hanley parkrun took place on a beautiful sunny morning, making the wearing of fancy dress seemingly, a mostly uncomfortable experience but one which made myself and many other non wearers all the more impressed. Well done to everyone who dusted off their 'party gear', particular mention, though in no set order, goes to, 'The Clown', 'The Gladiator', and 'Fred Flintstone' and what appeared to be two Sister Wendys! Also, did Murray Grimes claim fancy dress just by leaving the golf course, do parkrun, then go back and finish his round? I wonder?Finally on the theme of fancy dress, well done to the Cowgirl who I overheard telling her friends she had done about 26 minutes.....In Cowboy boots!
Thank you also to the cake bakers - Helen Cumberlidge and Emma Clarke (celebrating her 50th parkrun).
Sadly, no Hanley parkrun next week , so to get your weekly therapy/ medicine, you need to become a tourist (please note Cannock Chase parkrun is also cancelled). Surprisingly, to me anyway, many appear not to have tried it, me included. With this in mind, God willing, I plan to 'do' Walsall parkrun next week as I used to play in the park where it is run as a youngster. I hope this inspires some of you to also give it a go but of course it won't replace Hanley.
Finally well done from me to everyone who has ever taken part in, or helped to put on this wonderful event over the last 300 times. May there be many more!
There are lots of photos over on flickr. Thanks to Caroline Davies for taking them.
As Hanley parkrun grows we are finding that we need more volunteers each week. There are lots of different roles available, from putting out the signs to pacing, timekeeping to token sorting and marshalling to making the tea and helping with the washing-up. You can find out more on the Hanley parkrun website, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or have a chat to us on Saturday morning to put your name down!
This week's hi-viz heroes were led by our guest run director Charlie "Freddie Mercury" Cox and a number of volunteers from Cheadle Running Club. Thanks to them and all the volunteers:
Rob EVANS • Paul Victor SMITH • Kirsten OWEN • Steve WRIGHT • Emma LONCZYK • Charlie COX • Mark HARRISON • Dai CARPENTER • Caroline DAVIES • Craig CARPENTER • Steven MILLWARD • Gareth KNAPPER • Jack OAKLEY • Liz CLUTTON • Natalie CARTER • Thomas HALLS • Sian PIGOTT • Skye WIGGINS • Dale THOMPSON • Rachel BEARDMORE • Bruce INGLIS • Barrie CLUTTON
This week 326 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part. A full list of times can be found on our website.
Kate HOLT recorded a time of 00:17:04, a new female record - well done Kate.
Hanley parkrun started on 24th September 2011. Since then 5,960 participants have completed 44,476 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,380 km, including 8,748 new Personal Bests.