Superstar Suzie

Today’s parkrun was dedicated to celebrating and thanking our outgoing superstar Event Director, Suzie Hall, who is responsible for bringing parkrun to Huntingdon.

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For the past 5 years Suzie has coordinated Huntingdon parkrun and ensured a safe, friendly, fun and inclusive way to bring the community of Huntingdon together at 9am every Saturday morning. As Stuart said in the briefing, without Suzie we would all be either in bed or planning our trip to Ikea (or there are plenty of other monstrous retailers to choose from!!!)

Suzie has provided Huntingdon parkrun with consistent guidance and leadership during her time at the helm, and there have been many changes that she has had to navigate through – some of which you would have noticed, others which happen in the background. An example of this is to actively welcome the partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and provide young people in Huntingdon with the opportunity to participate. Harry Sweet, pictured below (right) with Sam and Kira, has just completed 6 months of volunteering toward his Silver Award and is an asset to the parkrun team. Thanks for your dedication and commitment Harry.

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Suzie has selflessly dedicated her time to ensure that Huntingdon parkrun is the best it can be, whilst managing relationships with key stakeholders including the local council, the park ranger, parkrun HQ, the core team and of course, you parkrunners! As an Event Director, Suzie is part of a worldwide network who help and support each other, and it was great to see Simon Render, Event director at March parkrun, come and celebrate the contribution that Suize has made. Suzie has succession planned very well, and hands over Huntingdon parkrun to Stuart Ainsworth (pictured below), who as many of you will know has been an influential member of the core team and is passionate about parkrun. Stuart has the leadership and vision to make sure that Huntingdon parkrun remains the best in the world.

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An example of the great spirit that Suzie has fostered at Huntingdon parkrun was displayed last week when Jane suffered a shoulder injury resulting from a fall during parkrun. Many parkrunners assisted Jane and sent their good wishes, and we were delighted to see that Jane had recovered enough to come along this morning and walk the course with a smile on her face, accompanied by her friends Julie and Lulu.

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303 parkrunners joined us for Suzie’s send-off, with Ian Haw finishing first in 18.27 which was a new PB. Ieva Klavina was first home for the ladies in 22.10. Thanks to everyone, runners and volunteers, who came along today to give Suzie the send off she deserves. So what’s next for Suzie? Well lots of tourism with her beloved Foxy is top of the agenda!

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Bubble Rush 5k – A family run that’s bursting with fun

The foamiest fun-filled run is coming back to the Riverside Park, in Huntingdon on Saturday 21 July. Run, jog, or walk around an approx 5km (2.5KM lapped) course - you can go fast or you can go slow, but most of all enjoy the foam!

This unique and exciting family event is returning to the region for the 3rd time! One of only a few across the country.

Five foam stations will amaze your senses along this colourful approx 5k riverside route which is guaranteed to be a memorable highlight of your summer! Come along with your family, friends and colleagues, have fun and help raise funds for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, to make a difference across Cambridgeshire.

EARLY BIRD PRICES ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 500 REGISTRATIONS

Adults Early Bird Price £17.50, increases to £20.00
Children (under 16 yrs) Early Bird Price £7.50, increases to £10 (Registration fee includes a t-shirt and medal)

FIRST WAVE 10:30AM
SECOND WAVE 12 NOON
THIRD WAVE 1:30PM
FOURTH WAVE 3PM

To register: http://www.arhc.org.uk/bubble-rush-registration.asp

 

Huntingdon parkrun 250

Course Conditions
Cold start (-1!) but sunny with a touch of ice and a lot of frozen mud.
Runners
254 runners and 32 volunteers celebrated Huntingdon’s 250th parkrun – clubs represented included BRJ, RMR, Godmanchester Running Club, Team Bex, Riverside Runners, Vegan Runners, Hunts AC and many more with Bettina Hoffman even visiting from Germany’s Hannover Runners.
This was a first visit to Huntingdon for 22 runners and first ever parkrun for 13 runners – welcome, the first of many we hope! We were 56% male and 44% female on the day. Well done to our 23 juniors!
Milestones
Congratulations to Philip Graham-Clare, Jon Pink and Amanda Griffiths on their 50th run with Steve Johnson agonisingly close to his 100th run and Julia Page dangerously close to her 200th – keep on running!
It was also a huge milestone for the event, 250 parkruns in Hinchingbrooke Country Park, some with sun, some with snow, some with course changes, some slow days, some fast days but always a smiling band of volunteers to make it happen.
Results
First Male – David Hudson in 17:11 on his 139th parkrun
First Female – Lotti Knights in 21:50 on her 7th parkrun
250th in our 250th parkrun – Nicole Linay on her 2nd parkrun
Thanks to all the runners and all the volunteers! See you next week!

 

Huntingdon parkrun #242 (the Christmas Day parkrun!)

Ho Ho Ho and a Merry Christmas to all!
Put on a Santa hat to join in the fun of a second festive parkrun of the long Christmas weekend. Joined the crowd who either got up extra early or postponed Christmas presents until after our running, walking, or volunteering. Saw much Christmas cheer as welcomed to the volunteer table which had an open box of Quality Street. Tourists arrived from near and far. The elves, Father Christmases, Mrs. Clauses were out in in plenty these weekend parkruns as well as turkeys, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and even a Christmas pudding.

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A number of official and unofficial milestones were marked. The weather wasn't frightful, actually dry if a bit grey, but brightened up by the cheer on the course. At least one of the runners stopped at the marshals along the way to wish them well and passed out sweets.

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A large crowd was gathered at the first corner as many people brought relatives and friends to cheer them and all of us on. After scanning in my barcode I hurried back to the course to do an extra lap keeping our tail walker company and picking up signposts. Two of the marshals as we passed them decided to join us chatting about our Christmas dinners ahead. What a great way to start the holiday.

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Today's stats:

This week 340 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 43 different clubs took part.
Chris Darling (Cambridge and Coleridge) smashed the SM20-24 age category record with a fantastic pb time of 16:46 and finishing in first position.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Suzie HALL • Sarah HALL • Karl TAYLOR • Amie SMITH • Charlotte ORUGBOH • Alice IRWIN • Cy GEARING • Tom BRAND • Scott BOSWELL • Mark DOBSON • Sue SIMMONS • Clare MIDDLEHURST • Paul HARRIS • Charlotte IRWIN • Stuart AINSWORTH • Alison AINSWORTH • Russell KING • Keith WRYCRAFT • Charles BUTCHER • Katy HILL • Janet GRUDZIEN JOHN • Henry BAILEY • Isabel POND • Alice EDWARDS • Christopher JOHN • Hank SWEET • Judy SWEET • Richie HARRIS • A friendly guy doing barcode scanning whose name we (Suzie) didnt't write down (get in touch if that was you!) •

The following celebrated milestones at today's event:
Linda Crook: 300th parkrun
Liz Hiner: 250th parkrun
Eric Tapley: 250th parkrun
Sue Yendley: 200th parkrun
Clive Andrews: 100th parkrun
Sam Healey: 50th parkrun

Huntingdon parkrun started on 13th April 2013. Since then 7,128 participants have completed 53,341 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,705 km, including 9,890 new Personal Bests.

Happy parkrunning
Janet

 

Huntingdon parkrun #237 cool and crisp

“WAAARGH” went the alarm on Saturday morning, far too early I thought following a night of carb loading and stamina training. Time moves on and it was out of bed, jobs to be done, breakfast had and finding out if there were any later night volunteer changes appearing in the system. Phew, none this week.
As the skies lightened, the crystalline structure of frost could be seen on the grass, uh-oh, extra layers this week, not running, better find the thicker thermal layer and hope there’s not too much ice out there.

Get to the park, first job, take a look at the hill, some mushy ice at the top, harder stuff further down, doesn’t look toooooo bad but needs to be managed, thankfully some extra volunteers appear and given the job of steering people around the ice, no bambi impressions achieved we hear.
On with the run, we welcomed 14 new runners to our Saturday morning entertainment, with a further 17 travelling from far and wide to test themselves against the flat hills of Huntingdonshire. ‘Nice course, In my top 10’ said one visitor with more than 10 tourist run events to their name, a compliment we are always pleased to hear.

Those at the front were lightening quick, some making it look effortless and others puffing hard. As they passed the timers we discussed: why do some people make it look so easy? Genetics, training, will power were bandied about, but does it matter, we are all challenging our own achievements each time we take part.

Hidden amongst us this week were 2 people celebrating birthdays with cakes, carefully not drawing attention to themselves apart from a rendition of happy birthday in the café. Attempts of bribery were made to the RD with cake, although chances are improved if its supplied with hot tea (milk, one) and when he’s actually doing the results.

Over the coming weeks we will see a lot happening at huntingdon parkrun and in the park, we have:

2nd Dec - Christmas Craft workshop opening 10am
9th Dec - Mel and Cy’s parkrun wedding celebrations – wedding finest optional
16th Dec - BRJ takeover all volunteering and pacers
23rd Dec - Pop-up breakfast and optional Christmas inspired outfits
25th Dec – earn your lunch/keep out the way day
30th Dec – relax, its Saturday, its what we do
1st Jan – Huntingdon 9am prompt, pop-up breakfast in park
1st Jan - optional 2nd run elsewhere, see Christmas compendium or ask for details
6th Jan – what was all the fuss about, time to work it off

If you are able to help by volunteering for one of the upcoming weeks please message the team at huntingdonhelpers@parkrun.com or look on the volunteer’s future roster on the huntingdon parkrun page to see if your favourite option is still available.
Happy running :-)

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