Hull parkrun event number 452 saw 462 runners, walkers and conker hunters (best not to ask) getting blown around the lake on a surprisingly warm October morning. Thankfully with not too much tree debris underfoot! Nathan, fleet-footed as ever, led the charge for the men, Emily WIX for the ladies, and Ashley JACKETTS for the juniors. Dave PENSON, Neil DIXON and Peter BOOTH all achieved their 50 milestones. While Vince McGOWAN and Tracey PARKER each ran their 250th parkrun. Congratulations to all of you on your achievements!
31 runners experienced the windswept vista of East Park for the first time, 11 of which were tourists from as far afield as Dundee, Newcastle, Liverpool, Dudley and Sheffield, and as close to home as Humber Bridge. A special mention must go to Pauline WOODHALL of the intriguingly named UK Mudd Queens, who has clocked up 31 parkruns at impressive 21 different locations!
Whilst some participants found it tough going running into the wind, there were a fantastic 44 new PBs achieved, taking the total number of PBs achieved at Hull parkrun to over 25,000! Most notable was by Stuart BUCHANAN with 19:42, Warwick ANDERSON with 20:19; John Leslie MURPHY with 20:51 (so much for not fancying the unfavourable weather conditions John!); John WALKER has been chasing a new PB for a while and today was the day with 21:11; Adam TAYLOR, just squeaking in under 25 minutes with 24:58; Rachel WADE with 25:20; Cerne FELSTEAD with 25:28; Liz WEIGHELL, comfortably coming in under 31 minutes with 30:55 and Anthea BAINES with 41:00. Well done to all of you recording your fastest time today.
Parkrun can only happen every Saturday thanks to those 'Hi-Viz heroes' who give up a bit of their precious free time each week to enable the event to go ahead. We are, as always, infinitely grateful to the 28 volunteers who made event 452 happen. Massive thanks to; Sophie ALDUS, Shaun ATKINSON, Michael BAGGOTT, John S BAKER, Vicky COE, Keith CONKERTON, Anj DAUBS, Christian Rees DAVIES, Quintina DAVIES, Beverley FAIRBURN, Rebecca FOX, Mark FOX, Billy FOX, Sarah GREENLEY, Graham HALL, Leanne HALL, Keith JACKSON, Diane MAWER, Carrie Ann MURPHY, Adrian PARKER, Claire ROBINSON, Jenny ROSE, Trevor ROSE, Mike SHARP, Paul TREMERE, Gillian May TREMERE, Jo VINCE, Alan Stanley WILSON.
Curious about volunteering but don't want to miss out on a run? There are plenty of roles that you could do... Early birds can help with pre-event set up or brief the first timers. If you're one of the front runners, you could join the scanners or lend a hand with managing the funnel (we'll let you recover and stretch off first!). If you invariably hang around 'til the tail walker comes in, you could help with post-event close down and equipment storage. We might even let you pull the trolley! If you enjoy going to the café for a post-run cuppa, please consider volunteering to sort the tokens or process the results. Got an event on a Sunday and want to take it easy at parkrun? Tail walk! Good at keeping an even pace and encouraging others? Give pacing a go. Reading this and think you could do a better job?? You can even volunteer to write the run report! Perhaps there is a member of your family or a friend who always comes along to support you on a Saturday morning? Maybe they'd like to support the other 400+ parkrunners too. We're always in need of lovely people to hand out finish tokens, scan, timekeep and be a marshal. Please, please, PLEASE consider volunteering. We're a very friendly bunch, and would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding any of the roles. Training is all on-the-job. And when you get to 25 volunteer credits, you qualify for a phenomenal purple parkrun T-shirt! If you try it and find volunteering is not for you, you can walk away, head held high in the knowledge that at least you tried it. Who knows, you might be pleasantly surprised and find that you absolutely love it!
And lastly, but certainly not least, tokens 109 and 137 have gone awol. Please check pockets and running belts! We do need them back!!
See you at event 453. Have a great week everyone.
Rebecca and Mark Fox