The ‘Beast from the east’ tried it’s hardest to make a comeback and cause yet another cancellation but the luck of the Irish was with us this Saturday morning. Despite sub-zero temperatures on St Patrick’s Day and the odd flurry of snow 254 parkrunners and 23 volunteers braved the wintery conditions to be at Kingsbury for parkrun 238. Some it would seem, me included still in pyjamas. For the record I’d like to note I had not got out of bed wearing my onesie, it was actually clean on, over the top of running kit. This seemed like an excellent idea at the start with the biting wind blowing around, 2 miles in the love between onesie and I was gone. Never again, written in black and white, plus offered to be loaned out to any frozen marshal on the course as I slogged around. I’m not cut out for the novelty running lark, so next time parkrun has a themed run, I’ll need to be more careful in the selection department. I think Kevin Geary had the same thoughts, with his equally unsuitable dressing gown. Lisa and Carl the other two runners in nightwear made much more sensible choices (to run in!) Carl’s pink nightie was very fetching. Big thumbs up to Oliver Cheary who both wore his onesie with style whilst being photographer for the day too. Who noticed the sneaky selfie in the gallery for this week? It’s a shame it was so cold, Trevor Gasper had planned to run in his boxers today, now that might have made interesting photos!
The fashion police want a word!
Today's photographer gets in on the act!!
On that note we move swiftly over to the results and landmarks. Triple celebration to Ethan Ashbolt, 8th birthday I believe, 10th parkrun and a new PB on top. Reiss Paul and Grace Starkey also joined the junior 10 club today. Greg Trappett joined the 50 club whilst Jane Barrett and Paul Charton hit the 100 club. Big thank you to the yummy after run cakes provided by Jane. On top of all this there were 23 first timers braving the artic like conditions and 23 people who decided they wanted to get home back to the warm (or Guinness quicker!) with PBs out there. Speaking of getting home quickly Chris Lockhart definitely achieved this as first man in with at time of 16:16 representing Canicross Wessex. Two Badgers came scampering next out of the cold Sam Starkey in second with a new PB followed by Glyn Broadhurst. Emily Hughes came is as fastest female at 22:26 on her first visit to Kingsbury. Well done and thanks for visiting. A mention should be made to Anne-Marie Matthews who also completed her 100th parkrun, out at the new Bedworth course, having completed 47 of her previous runs and a regular here at Kingsbury last year. Whilst complaining about the unseasonable weather, well done to both Rich Benham (our Instagram guru) and Laura Edwards who completed their Hampton Court Half Marathon (24 hours later) in even worse conditions than parkrun today, despite many races being called off across the country.
Jane Barratt, who reached her 100th parkrun. Well done Jane!!
Today an extra loud shout should be made to all those high viz heroes who must have been frozen out there on the course today. They were:
Brian ADAMS, Hannah BURGESS, Kristian BURGESS, Gary CHEARY, Oliver CHEARY, Margaret DOWNES, Yvonne FAULKNER, Matthew GREEN, Susan HANN, Brian JONES, Sarah MADDAFORD, Nick MILES, Nicola PALGRAVE, Adrian PARKES, William PARKES, Judy PARKES, Alex SANDHAM, Dave SEICKELL, Andy STRETTON, Chris TAYLOR, Louise VERNON, Sharon WHITEHEAD, Michael WYANT
Please think about doing your bit too. Just think it will be spring soon, oh it is already! Hope to see you all again next week.