Time to settle down with a nice cuppa (or whatever you fancy) to read this weeks' fantastic run report from Liam Busby. Many thanks Liam, and we look forward to seeing you back soon.
"Thanks for having us today and for a really lovely warm and friendly parkrun, I’ve been to 21 different events now and I really loved the atmosphere you have at Henley, keep up the great work!
This week saw 94 parkrunners complete Henley-on-Thames parkrun. The weather was near perfect for running as it was cool and dry but an extra special thank you to the volunteers for leaving their warm homes to brave the cold so we can run. The first timers briefing was well delivered by Nia Ashton and was much needed this week with a deluge of tourists and New Years resolution runners.
We then had a pre run briefing from Louisa Mead who did an excellent job of organising us and reiterating the rules and any announcements.
We all took a moment to remember Erica Bensly a member of Tri50 who sadly passed away just before Christmas. A number of members joined us to pay tribute to Erica wearing bright colours as she wasn’t one for wearing black i’m reliably informed, it was a very touching moment and it reinforces everything I love about the parkrun and running community. I’m sure she would be proud of you all.
This week we had a few milestones as follows:-
- Dominic Reed ran his 50th run and also bagged 1st place back today in 18:59! Nicely done Dom.
- Rachael Reid ran her 50th and was 3rd female in an impressive 24:20.
- Alice Gerlach also joined the coveted 50 club.
- Daisy Feeney joined the Junior 10 parkrun club today, well done!
I hope you all receive your t-shirts soon and wear them with pride!
We had a vast number of tourists this week:
Myself (Liam Busby) and Dani Warner ventured from the far far away land of Maidenhead! Dominic Reed, Robert Kader, Kate Sandford, Will Russell and Jen Lande joined us from Wycombe Rye, slightly further flung was Matthew Walton, Alice Gerlach and Catherine Hill from Didcot. Tom North joined us from Tring, Josh Alfred from Hampstead Heath, Graham and Judith Ann Le Good from Oxford, Rhodri Phillips a seasoned tourist with over 100 unique events run joined us from Oak hill, Rachael Reid joined us from Finsbury, Stephanie Fagan, Vasso Tsastami, Carmel Bees, Snita Sharma, Deborah Valentine, Alison Hood, Helen Bach, Jo Lewis and Maureen Pedri from Black Park, Robert Mcgregor, Angelica Wright, Nicola Leroy and Cindy Goslar from Reading, Robert Smith from Dinton Pastures, Anne Reede from St Anne’s in Dublin! A special welcome to Lucy Rutland, Lara Sullivan, Dan Marett, John Gibbons and Adam Boyle who each completed their first parkruns! I hope you enjoy your new habit of a lifetime and hopefully Henley will welcome you again soon!
This week my top 3 aesthetically pleasing times are the following;
- In 1st place Steve O’Connor with 22:22 - 4 little ducks
- In 2nd place Lara Sullivan with the palindrome time of 35:53 - nicely done.
- And in joint 3rd Adam Boyle in 23:22 and Tracey Hayes in 26:00. Well done all! your prize is one free parkrun
Finally a mandatory plea for volunteers... it’s really nice to have such a wonderful event provided for free each Saturday but it can only take place with volunteers, if anyone is unsure about volunteering I urge you to try it, if you’re racing on Sunday and don’t want to burn out Saturday, fancy meeting some wonderful like-minded people or just don’t feel like running up that hill twice then I recommend volunteering. It’s really rewarding to give something back to this fantastic event and it allows some of the regular volunteers a go at running. Many hands make light work. I hope everyone is easing back into work and studies and you all run safe and injury free.
Well done all. Thanks for having me"