It was a bit cool and a bit chilly BUT did that stop 309 runners from running parkrun on Saturday morning? It would take a lot more than a bit of cool weather to stop people from running first thing Saturday morning (like a cancelled event!).
We had a some absolutely fantastic visitors joining us on Saturday morning. First up was the utterly amazing Andrew Howard who got up at 2am to bike the 100km to Huntingdon to take part! His goal is to bike to all of the parkruns within a 100 mile radius of his home parkrun in East London!!!
Next up was the equally amazing first timer, Adam Tamj, our very first visitor from the Czech Republic. Adam was at parkrun with his mum as he is here for a year to learn english. The great thing about parkrun is Adam will get to learn a lot of new words from runners that won't be part of his formal education
We also had two runners doing their 50th parkruns on Saturday. Huge congratulations to William Blackwell and Heidi Dorrington! It is such an awesome achievement to get to 50 parkruns!! Well done you two [insert clapping sounds].
Our first finisher on Saturday was James Orrell with a PB of 18:52. This was the first time James has finished as first finisher BUT its the 35th time he has come in the top 10 in the 140 senior parkruns he has completed (James runs in the 15-17 age group!).
First female finisher was Ellie Loosley, fresh off her Great North Run exploits, in a time of 20:21!! Ellie also runs in the 11-14 year age group!! A junior dominated parkrun, so no pressure you oldies (ie. anyone over 18!).
Huge congratulations to the 31 first timers and also massive congratulations to India Sandever, James Orrell, Emma Rigby, Amelia Fleming, Katie Casey, Dougie Gallimore, Nicky Hoad, Mark Brock, Caroline Wright, Martin Camp, Dave Driver, Aidan Maltby, Jane Le Farge, Diane Gannon, Fiona Hood and Laura Richardson and every one of the 58 runners who bagged themselves a PB on Saturday.
Some of the more observant parkrunners would have noticed our lovely new token board by the bar code scanners on Saturday. We would like to say a massive thank you to Chris from Riverside Runners for the board.
Finally, on a serious note, we have some lost property that needs collecting...especially the messiah like water bottle in the middle of the photo!! Its freaking us out as every time we look at it we can hear Angels singing!!
If any of this is yours please collect it on Saturday...especially the Messiah bottle!!!
See you all next weekend!!!