It was a rather blustery morning on top of Harcourt Hill for event #223, but we had brief shafts of sunshine to illuminate the daffodils, as 123 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.
Will Frank held off Mark Bell, wth Nick Coupe not far behind in 3rd place. Kate Allred headed the ladies
Today we cheered in Alex Tulip on his 100th parkrun, and Matt Daniels on his 50th.
Anne Dally who holds the VW80-84 course record did a PB beating her previous best time by 32s
We often get asked if it is safe to leave things in reception area of the centre (usually yes, but no guarantees since so many families are in the area for swimming on a Saturday morning), and many outer layers are regularly deposited outside near the start. These are nearly always waiting for you at the finish! However today R... could not find a blue Asics top left on the low wall near the scanners, so we gave the usual advice if we find any lost property at the end we hand it in to reception and publicise it. Reception log it by date and time so you can visit at any time and ask at the desk. Anyway today, after R... had left, up comes another runner who had picked up and put on the wrong blue top. They had found theirs and were very apologetic. I was able to give assurances we knew who owned the Asics and they knew to pick it up if it was found.
More worryingly, a few minutes later some one found a bunch of house keys left on the wall. While we stood there discussing what to do, a runner who had sat down to change their spikes realised they were hers, and so we did not have to go away leaving them in lost property.
I sometimes have real valuables left with me to put in my pocket for safekeeping. But please don't everybody rely on that except in an emergency, Get yourself a proper zip up pocket, or bumbag which wont impede your running.
The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:
Peter STOCKDALE • Claire HAZLETON • Helen TURLEY • Graham BRIDGES • Kerry PAPPS • Tim PAGET • James POYSER • Michael SANDFORD • Matthew PEARCE • Karen EVANS • Elaine SPENCER • Luke WOODWARD • Barbara SARGENT • Anu DUDHIA
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harcourt Hill parkrun Results Page.