This week's run report is courtesy of Penny McCrabbe. Many thanks, Penny!
It was the perfect morning for a run. The sun was shining yet it wasn't as hot as recent weeks. There weren't that many of us this morning: 57 to be exact. This is one of the nice things about this parkrun. It is a small and friendly run in peaceful, beautiful surroundings. I hope some of the 24 first timers will come back now they have seen what a great course this is. The amazing team of volunteers had to contend with lack of equipment as the store could not be accessed. They coped admirably and set up the course without any discs, signs or cones. All 57 runners safely crossed Nia Ashton's windbreak which acted as a finish funnel. The lack of signage didn't stop 9 people getting PBs. After the run briefing by Run Director Craig Henderson we all walked to the start line. I had never realised that a particular tree had a marking on it to indicate where we start. We were off pretty quickly and cheered on by our marshals. I struggled up the hill as I haven't been for several weeks and had forgotten how tough the hill is. Having said that I think it helps when you have done the course ten times as you know how long the hill is and you know you can relax a little once you turn the cone at the top of the hill for the second time. There were the usual tree stumps to contend with. We still lack mud. That's something to look forward to! I had to dart around a small yappy dog which was a little challenging and my poor friend got stung by a wasp on her first Henley run. However we were fortunate not to encounter a horse which we were warned was a possibility at the briefing ! All in all it was another lovely morning in Henley made possible by a group of friendly cheerful volunteers. We were encouraged at the end to sign up to help as the rota is looking bare for the next few weeks.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers: Rebecca EVANS • Penny MCCRABBE • Marcus FLETCHER • Caroline MITCHELL • Craig HENDERSON • Peter HOPKINS • Kirstin HENDERSON • Victoria HERIOT • Adrian MARSH • Fergal MARSH • Sarah JOYCE • Nia ASHTON • Matilda CARTER • Frank EVANS • Joanna MARSH
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Henley-on-Thames parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 18:42 on 25th November 2017 (event number 22).
The male record is held by Ben LIVESEY who recorded a time of 17:11 on 4th August 2018 (event number 59).
The Age Grade course record is held by J PETTER who recorded 79.74% (29:52) on 28th July 2018 (event number 58).
Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 1,791 participants have completed 4,475 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,375 km, including 821 new Personal Bests.