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