When will the Saturday morning rain ever cease? Conditions were somewhat tricky to say the least for the 409 participants, including 39 first timers who left behind the warmth of their duvets and joined us at Kingsbury for our 234th event.
Biting winds, a touch of ice and some glorious mud gave us all a challenge this morning. However, that said, 64 personal bests were achieved. Well done if that was you.
Following last week’s run and talk event, I am determined to chat to more people on the way round our lovely course. Today I overheard two men talking about going to see The Greatest Showman. “Go see it- Hugh Jackman’s amazing” I advised. They quickly ran off. Then about ¾ of the way round I met Rob Andrews, who had noticed that I had volunteered to write the run report. He reminisced about the old Matt Chat newsletter, it was then I felt the burden of pressure that run report writing brings with it. What am I going to write? Who is going to be interested in what I have to say? Still, it took my mind off the running for a bit.
Anyway, I digress. A big well done and heartfelt thank you should go to all our hi-vis heroes this morning, who must have been frozen to the bone by the time the event had finished. High fives to you all! They were, Bryan Adams, Richard Benham, Adam Cope, Finlay Cross, Anna Currier, Bethany Dennis, Margaret Downes, Paul Drake, Tim Gould, Katharine Gould, Madeleine Gould, Owen Hann, Susan Hann, Brian Jones, Gale King, Sarah Maddaford, William Parkes, Adrian Parkes, Sylvia Phillips, Alex Sandham, James Smith, Chris Upton, Louise Vernon & Rob Vernon.
New members of the 50 club at KWP this week are: Joanne Steele, Louise Shepherd, Andrew Beeton. Elliot Line ran his 150th and one new member joins the 100 club: Dave Seickell. Well done to you all on your milestones.
In a week where we have been celebrating the strength of women, it is fitting to mention that of the six first finishers today, three of them were female. Indeed 6 of the top 20 finishers were female. Huge congratulations to the females who took 3rd, 5th and 6th place respectively; Jenny Evans (18:46), Ella Semple (18:56) and Emma Lambert (18:59). Go girls!
Well done to the males too; in first place; Bertie Houghton, a first timer on the course, who completed in an eye-watering 15:40. Check out Chris Upton's lead bike Gopro video on the KWP Unofficial page for those of you, like me, who wonder what it’s like up there! In second place Marc Stait who got a new PB of 18:21 and in fourth place James Oakley who came in at 18:53.
I have had a look at the roster for next week and the coming weeks and there are a few positions that need to be filled, so why not take a look? It definitely gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling to put something back into the best parkrun in town.
All that remains to be for me to say is, hope you all have a fabulous week, and see you again next week, same time, same place. #DFYB (and your £2 parking charge).