Happy New Year! And what a great way to kick start the year off with the
first Saturday parkrun of 2019.
In my recent bid to become a member of the unofficial parkrun tourist
club, I've taken up the challenge of clocking up 20 different parkruns.
As luck would have it, my 20th different venue will also fall on my 50th
parkrun - 2 more to go! Alongside the tourist challenge, I’m working
my way through the alphabet so this weekend I picked Huntingdon as my
chosen venue at the very picturesque Hinchingbrooke Country Park where I
was greeted by such an enthusiastic and friendly bunch of volunteers.
A hugely impressive 379 people ran, jogged, buggy pushed, dog jogged and
walked at Huntingdon’s 294th event, with tourists from Braunstone,
Market Harborough and Cardiff to name a few. They welcomed 46 first
timers to Huntingdon parkrun, with 31 of those taking on their first
ever one. Thank you for joining us and embarking on your parkrun
journeys. You certainly won't regret it! 21 unknowns did show up in this
week's results so please remember - DFYB (don't forget your barcode)!
You may have read on social media, even the CEO of parkrun, Nick
Pearson, forgot his barcode this week…and he didn’t get a time
First up was the first timer’s briefing, then the full briefing and
then we headed down to the start. The course itself starts on the grass
and then leads onto the trails which run alongside the meadow and then
into the woods by the river. Definite PB potential here (if you can keep
up your speed on the gradual incline at the end of each lap). We were
encouraged by the enthusiastic high-viz heroes at various points which
was a very welcome sight. Henry greeted you with a loud good morning at
the start and shouted out your approximate time on the end of the first
lap. With plenty of other marshals shouting encouragement and a few foam
hand high fivers, it made for a very enjoyable experience. I
particularly loved the female marshal who gave me a shout out each time
I passed her for my running tights! I always like to run in bright gear
on a grey day.
Congratulations to the top three male and female finishers:
Matthew PELESZOK – 18.48. Matthew was also a first timer at
Finley HISCOCK – 19.22
Neil JARVIS – 19.31
Hannah LORD – 20.05
Diana Jade CHALMERS – 21.39
Lilli PETERS – 23.00
Just under 40 people achieved new PBs which is fantastic.
Well done to everybody that took part, particularly to all the first
timers. I guarantee it won't be your last.
This week's parkrun was brought to you by these wonderful volunteers:
Abbie KING • Alice NOYES • Alison AINSWORTH • Amanda BURRIDGE •
Anna HORSFALL • Barry ROBINSON • Brenda MCFADYEN • Charles BUTCHER
• Ed HORSFALL • Farrell MACRAE • Freya HARRIS • Gay JACKSON •
Hank SWEET • Hayley LAWRENCE • Henry BAILEY • Jane BOWLAND • Joy
SEILER • Judy SWEET • Kira SHIPLEY • Laura MEHEW • Louise
MARKHAM • Lulu ROBINSON • Lyndsay JORDAN • Paul HARRIS • Rachel
HORSFALL • Rachel MILLER • Sabrina CROTHALL • Scott BOSWELL •
Sharon FITZGERALD • Sheila HUNTER • Steve JENKINS • Stuart
AINSWORTH • Sue SIMMONS • Tom OLIVER • Zayheda KHAN
Thank you for all your efforts!
parkruns wouldn’t be possible without the amazing volunteers. There
are plenty of different roles that can be done with a little training
and it is very fulfilling giving back to your parkrun community. If you
would like to help out the future roster can be found here
www.parkrun.org.uk/huntingdon/futureroster/ or if you have any
questions please email email@example.com.
Run completed, and with the usual Saturday morning parkrun smile on
my face, it was back in the car for the journey home.
Thank you for having me Huntingdon. I hope you all have an enjoyable
2019 parkrun journey.