Spring has sprung! The grass is riz! I wonder where those parkrunners is? Well, 285 of them were jogging and sprinting their way around Hinchingbrooke Country Park this morning, for Huntingdon parkrun #204. The course was dry, toads were frolicking in the ponds, Henry was in full bellow on his hill (almost drowned out by the birds), and it was generally a good time to be alive. We welcomed visitors from Horsham, Northampton, Bury St Edmunds, Bedford and Wimpole, and had only 6 unknown runners.
A huge 21 parkrun first timers joined us today – we hope that they enjoyed themselves and that they will be back for many more parkruns to come. Two people who definitely like their parkruns are Sam Brown and Cameron Smith, who completed their 200th; Cameron is still in the JM11-14 category! Very well done to both. Neil Whitaker and Adam Covell completed their 50th parkruns, in Neil’s case with a new PB – well done to them too!
First finisher today was relative newbie James Rixon, in only a couple of seconds off a new course PB – after being second finisher the week before, this must have felt pretty satisfying. First female finisher was Georgia Hine, who has been first female finisher twice before at Huntingdon. Personal bests went to 55 people, a record-equalling number – congratulations to all who beat their previous best time. Special shout out to all the under-14s who got a PB: Maria Pacheva, Esme Lydon, Adam Read, Freddie Hardy, Amelia Fleming, Henry Waller, Ciaran Burke, Molly Webster and Elliot Mortimer.
Thanks and big wet kisses to our lovely volunteers, as always. If you’ve never volunteered before, please do give it a try sometime. If you do it 25 times you get a nice purple t-shirt to swank about in. Which is far less effort than running 50 times to get a red one…
A reminder that on 8 April, it will be our fourth birthday! Fancy dress optional, with a back-to-school theme (but please, more like Hogwarts/Just William and less like St Trinians, to keep things family-friendly). As the event is likely to be busy, please do take advantage of the free parking up at the hospital in the Treatment Centre carpark – just show your barcode to park for free from 8.30am to 10.30am.
See you next Saturday – happy running, and don’t forget your barcode!