You don’t have to be mad to run here... but it certainly helps! Seems to be the right way to describe KWp this morning; at least from where I was stood. 262 mad run/jog/walk/crawl/wheezers, 26 volunteers, and familial cheer-squads turned up on a weird Saturday morning where the weather couldn’t quite decide what it wanted to do, nor indeed what month it is, all with the express purpose of deliberately doing or enabling “exercise” (what is that about?!).
My contribution to the madness... what else but the pompoms?! It seems that I have become the pompoms marshal – which I absolutely love – and even when not at Kingsbury I’m asked where my pompoms are (I’m mostly looking at you Sarah Dennis, but you’re not alone). As I turned *redacted* this week there was really only one way to mark the occasion. I made myself some straps for them in the hope that they wouldn’t fly off in a fit of exuberance, I warned the community, and I turned up with them firmly gripped in each hand. Met with encouraging smiles, a couple of *eye rolls* (you know who you are!), and a whole lot of laughs, I knew I’d made the right decision. Running with pompoms was easier that I’d anticipated, and I think I only *nearly* took today’s running buddy Sarah Maddaford out like, maybe, half a dozen times??! Sorry!!! They live in the boot of my car, so if you fancy giving them a whirl – just ask, they are only reserved when I’m marshalling.
11 months ago when I nervously joined my first parkrun, I never expected that this would become such a big part of my life. It can be incredibly daunting to join a big group of people who call themselves runners, when you’re just dipping yours toes into that water. What you soon come to realise is that runners come in all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. The truly inclusive spirit of parkrun is amazing, and what brings us back every week. To all 22 first timers, I hope you loved it and I hope you come back. To those travelling from further afield (tourist from South Wales today – I think you win that category this week) - please visit again soon.
What I think has truly helped me feel like a part of the community here at Kingsbury is volunteering. Today’s event was only possible because 26 people decided that they would give you a bit of their time, that you’re worth that to them. Please join me in giving these guys a standing ovation:
Brian JONES, Nivette CHESTER, Darren O’LEARY, Richard BENHAM, Tricia BUNN, Matthew GREEN, Susan THOULD, Simon HILL, Fiona HILL, Richie BUNN, Brian ADAMS, Alex SANDHAM, Katharine GOULD, Jennifer REYNOLDS, Madeleine GOULD, Lil SOUTER, Richard CHESTER, Louise JOHNSON, Gale KING, Clare BROWN, Tim GOULD, Richard KING, Susan HANN, David PRICE, Paul DANIELS, Sarah DENNIS
Now, head on over to the future roster page to see what takes your fancy – if this lot can do it, you sure as eggs can! Drop an email to email@example.com or sign up at the desk before your next run. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Well done to the first bloke home today – Anluan HENNIGAN in 18:39 and to the first lass home today Sarah DAVIS in 21:59; great times! Sylvia PHILLIPS was the lass with the highest WAVA score today at 76.21%, and the bloke’s highest scorer was David COLLINS with 74.838% - amazing fitness levels, I’m extremely envious.
22 of you mad people managed PB’s this morning, which is truly amazing given the temperature, the wind, and the drizzly bit (some of you quicker runners might have missed that). Congratulations to each and every one of you: Arlene Croydon, Wendy Teague, James Foster, Scott Wainman, Lisa White, Mike Ball, Chris Marais, Paul Wallace, Lisa Ellis, Isobel Wattis, Monique Magne, Julie O’Brien, Tayla Keating, Jaymie Rogers, Olivia Makepeace, Beccy Huntley, Samuel Vernon, Stephen Johnson, Denise Makepeace, Sarah Davis, Samantha Keating, Elaine Deering, and Paul Tasker.
Completing their 100th runs at Kingsbury this week we have Paul Little and Jonathan Constance – that’s 100 Saturday morning lie-ins foregone in favour of running around a park for a bit... congratulations! Sadly, no-one on their 50th this morning, but we did have Junior parkrunner William Murray completing his 10th! Well done William! When I was a youth there was NOTHING that could have got me moving, so I’m impressed with all of our junior runners who show great heart and parkrun spirit every week.
Well done if you’ve made it to this point, you’ve certainly got stamina! Your prize? You get to come to Kingsbury next week to run or volunteer it all over again! See you there!