Another lovely day at Huntingdon parkrun #219! The rain held off, it wasn’t too hot, and we had over 300 runners, joggers and walkers. Not bad for the summer season.
Unfortunately we had to report rather more dog mess than is usual at the park. Please do keep your eyes peeled as you run around, not only for the odd protruding tree root but also for little (and indeed not so little) canine presents. Your report writer had the dubious pleasure of winkling the wretched stuff out of the soles of her BRAND NEW trainers after parkrun a couple of weeks back. And it stained them pink (whatever had the pooch been eating?) Not that I’m annoyed or anything…
Our first attempt at pacing last week seems to have be met with approval, so we’ll look at doing this again soon. We have also been trialling different routes for our August course, in light of the wooden bridge becoming weakened – thanks to all who have helped in those trials. We’ll now be working with the park management to finalise the route, and will keep you posted.
Parkrun sponsor Vitality has launched a new initiative called #mysummergoal. Visit https://mysummergoal.co.uk/ for more information on how to set your fitness goal for the summer, and win prizes including £500 towards a luxury holiday and Champneys hampers.
Anyway, on to the actual running. Twenty first timers joined the ever-growing parkrun family today, with their first ever parkrun. Their ages ranged from under 10 to over 65, demonstrating that parkrun truly is for everyone. We hope they all enjoyed breaking their parkrun duck! We also had visitors from Black Park in Slough, Bedford, Hereford, Chippenham, Exeter, Leamington, Durham and Sydney in Australia – welcome all.
Simon Mead was our first finisher today, for the 9th time – well done Simon! He also got the best age grading of 78.37%. 43 of you also recorded new personal bests, including Shalom Chinnappa, Zara Sharp, Thomas Brown, Molly Webster, Frederick Garnham, Amy Fullam, Lewis Gladwell and George Clark. Congratulations to all of you.
A couple of gentle reminders of the rules: runners under the age of 11 must run within an arm’s reach of a responsible adult. This needn’t be a parent (don’t be ashamed to admit you can’t keep up with your speedy 10 year old!) But under-11s running alone Is Not Allowed. We do check on runners coming through the finish funnel…
And on the subject of the finish funnel: every person who passes through it will get a stopwatch time, and therefore should take a finish token. The timekeepers don’t know if you’ve done the full two laps of the course or not – equally the timekeepers aren’t always in a position to judge whether a child toddling along behind you is old enough to be participating officially, or if they’ve just joined you for the finish sprint. So if you (or one of your children) are NOT doing parkrun officially, please don’t go through the funnel! Because if you do, and you then don’t take a token, it plays merry hell with the results. If you’ve forgotten your barcode or don’t want an official finish time for whatever reason, please take a finish token anyway and just drop it into the collection bucket.
See you next weekend for more happy parkrunning,