The Run Director’s notes for Huntingdon parkrun #208 begin in the manner of a shipping forecast – “light breeze, good”. One is tempted to feel that all parkruns should have an equivalent. The general synopsis at 0700: wind, variable 3 or 4, backing southwesterly 4 or 5. Course state, slight or moderate, occasionally rough. Weather fair. Visibility, moderate or good. Low Brampton 1007 expected Hinchingbrooke 1006 by 0900, falling slowly.
Anyway, whatever the weather, we had a great turnout again with a whopping 405 runners! Unfortunately we had an equivalent whopping number of unknowns – 30. Some of those forgetful men and women of mystery were placed pretty high too; our third finisher was one of them. Let’s hope they didn’t kick themselves too hard.
Before we get into who did what, two pieces of good news. First, the Jubilee junior parkrun has been given a start date! The exact day is being kept under wraps for now, but it will be in the next two months or so. The Jubilee core team are very excited, as you can imagine. We’d like to purchase some additional items to make the new junior parkrun as smooth and efficient as possible (the parkrun-provided kit only covers essentials such as bibs, scanners, signs, laptop, timers etc). For extras such as PA systems, noticeboards, waterproof clipboards, funnel chains and so on, we need to raise some funds. Please can you help us? We need approximately £350 to fund these items for Jubilee juniors (parkrun policy is that events don't share kit) and would be delighted to receive any amount that you could spare. Please donate via the Huntingdon parkrun 'About Us' webpage - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/huntingdon/aboutus/ - or the Cambridge juniors 'About Us' webpage - http://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge-juniors/aboutus/ - clearly annotating your donation (or giving a Paypal special instruction) as 'for Jubilee juniors'. 100% of your donation will go to Jubilee juniors!
Secondly, some of you may remember the closure of Little Stoke parkrun last year, after the local council decided to charge parkrunners for using the park. The government has just opened a public consultation on preserving the free use of public parks for parkrunners. The consultation paper “sets out the Government’s proposals to legislate to put it beyond doubt that local authorities, including parish councils, cannot charge parkrun or junior parkrun for the use of public parks.” Obviously this is superb news for any parkrun based in a council-controlled public park, as Huntingdon parkrun is. To view a copy of the consultation, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/running-free-consultation-on-preserving-the-free-use-of-public-parks.
On to our parkrun today. We had 65 first timers, either tourists or complete newcomers, join us today. The tourists came from all over Britain – Tees Barrage, Kettering, Swindon, Halifax, Gloucester, Manchester, Bracknell, Norwich, Blickling, Middlesborough, Oldbridge in Ireland, even as far afield as March, Peterborough and Cambridge. Our fourth finisher today, Chris Cresswell, was one of the merry band of first timers, and on his first ever run too. Fifth finisher Lisa Marriott was also a first timer – well done to both.
Niamh Barker and Isabelle Clark both joined the junior 10 club today; David Beevers joined the 50 club and Alexandra Smart completed her 150th parkrun. Congratulations all – we hope you wear your t-shirts with pride.
Our first finisher was Sam Palmer with a new PB – second was Max Sandever, also with a PB. Congratulations both! In total we had 89 – I’ll just repeat that, EIGHTY NINE – new personal bests today. That is a record, I think? Very well done to everyone who notched up an improvement on their time.
Last, a reminder that there is no parkrun on Saturday 13 May (boo!). But there is a run in the park on that day (hooray!) – the Childrens Unit 10k, raising money for new equipment for Holly Ward and SCBU at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. A 5k run, a 5k walk and a 5k wheelchair/buggy push will take place at the same time. For more information or to book your place, please contact Kate Riley and Kathryn Childs on email@example.com.
Happy running and see you next week to burn off those Easter eggs,