It was a wet and blustery day at Hyndburn for its 50th parkrun on 13 October 2018. I was there because it was my NENDY (nearest event not done yet) and I didn’t have time to travel far. Not being sure of the road conditions, I set off early and arrived in plenty of time to find the volunteers gathering near the club house. Inside I found toilets and a little kitchen which provides hot water for drinks.
Just for once I didn’t miss the first timers briefing, which was given by Sarah, the RD. Eleven of us were running the course for the first time: three first-timers and eight tourists, including two visitors from Surrey and myself from Haigh Woodland. Then we all lined up at the start to hear the announcements and safety notices.
The main item of news was of course the Community Project of the Year award presented the previous evening to Clayton Chargers and Hyndburn parkrun, which was proudly on display alongside the cake and coffee. Congratulations to you all!
A combination of the weather and other events meant that the 75 participants were the second fewest so far, the lowest number being on 9th December last year when there were only 60 runners in the snow. However the tree cover sheltered us from the worst of the rain and the wind was really only noticeable at the top of the hill. Fallen leaves made it a bit slippery underfoot, but I can't say I noticed much in the way of mud.
First finisher was Shaun Livesey from Blackburn Harriers with a time of 18:50 and first female finisher was Tracey Ireland from Rossendale Harriers with a time of 26:57. Both were running at Hyndburn for the first time.
In third position, Kieran Horrigan had the highest age grade of 75.32% (and a time of 20:56) on his third visit to Hyndburn.
Ten people got new PBs. These were: Jonathan English, Wayne Rushworth, Tina Shipperbottom, Jennifer Murphy, Chris Haddock, Tom Whiteside, Julia Naughton, Steven Gilleard, Philip Sykes and George Solomons. Well done all of you.
Personally I had quite a slow run, but that just gives me the chance to get a PB next time! Hot drinks and cake at the end were very welcome before heading out into the wind and rain.
Thanks to all the volunteers for an enjoyable run and best wishes for your first anniversary next week. I am sure I shall be visiting you again before long.