Where to start?
All that cake. that's as good a place as any.
Unfortunately by the time I got round to looking, the three huge letters that had adorned our kitchen bench for the previous few days had disappeared.
All that was left was two well known parkrunners whose names we should probably not disclose but, Sheena and Stephanie were both holding sharp knives, used napkins and sweeping away the last few crumbs.
Remind me not to volunteer next birthday and just hang around the cake stall.
Many thanks to all of you who contributed to the party goodies.
Four years? It seems like only yesterday when the dream of a local parkrun became a reality. I remember how overwhelmed we felt in 2013 when over 100 runners turned up. We just could not believe so many wanted to turn out. 513 runners? We would have just laughed at the prospect.
Excluding New Years Eve events which are always well attended, this is a new course record for KWp. Thank you all for your support.
45 first timers took part yesterday. Lets hope they don't think it's party time at KWp every week. 82 of you attained new PB's. Well done to you all.
Local lad (perhaps) David Jackson stole 1st place for the men in 18:03 with fellow BADGER Aaron Chetwynd only 9 seconds behind him in 2nd place. Luke Moulton was 3rd over the line in 18:32.
Emma Lambert of Hinckley RC took 1st place for the ladies in 20:13. This is Emma's second 1st place in only three visits. Well done you.
Regular Hollie Bateman was the second lady home in 22:04 with Val Carter of Birchfield Harriers 3rd in 23:28.
As this was our 4th birthday event, the occasion was marked by the presentation of our annual awards.
Nominated by KWp parkrunners, this years award winners were:
parkrunner of the Year - Sharon Jackson
For the avoidance of doubt, the prize winners are on the right. The geezer on the left just kept photo bombing these.
With such a huge community at KWp, it is unsurprising that it is not possible to remember everyone's names so, descriptions of 'the old geezer on the gate' and 'that bloke who always turns up 1st', did lead to Brian being awarded our volunteer of the year.
There is no doubt this award was justified as Brian is always 1st to the park, has the desk and finish set up before anyone else arrives and is a credit to our venue. Please do not let him know that his daughter hasn't run here for the last two years as he might stop coming.
The 3rd annual Chris Groom Memorial Relay took place immediately after parkrun on Saturday and our grateful thanks to those 50 people who took park and to Maureen Groom for attending again to start us off and award this years shield and prizes.
With the previous years events standing at one all between the ladies and the men, it was all to play for this year. Despite the banter in preceding weeks and attempts to nobble the start, this event was a closely fought contest with about 8 seconds separating the two teams. Better luck next year ladies. As they say, behind every good mens relay team there's a good womens.
Not to discount our usual hero's who don hi-vis vests and make this event possible.
A big shout out to:
Adrian PARKES • Amanda GOULD • Amber CORDON • Ann-Marie CURRIER • Beth CLARKE • Bethany MATTS • Brian ADAMS • Brian JONES • Carolyn HALL • Claire BRADFORD • Ellen CHARLES • Gary BEECHEY • George THOULD • Holly MATTS • Izzie BRADFORD • Jane HUBBLE • Judy PARKES • Karen GOPSILL • Lisa WILSON • Maxim VAN KNEARAKI-HORBWJI • Peter BLACK • Richard CHESTER • Stephanie WHITE • Sue FAIRBURN • Susan THOULD • William PARKES
Looking forward to next weeks event guys? I know we are.