Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dearest parrrrrkruuuuuun
Happy birthday to you.
This Saturdayy we celebrated International parkrun Day, marking 14 years since the very first event took place just down the road from our beloved Kingston run, at Bushy Park. Since then, parkrun has grown to more than 1,650 events each week in 20 countries, with around 270,000 walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers every weekend (and sometimes on Christmas Day and New Year’s day too).
Whoever would have guessed it would have grown so big and beautiful?
I mean really, what better way is there to start your Saturday?
Now, for those of you who love the stats, do pop across to the Kingston parkrun page (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/kingston/results/latestresults/) where you can feast your eyes on all the lovely in-depth detail that some of you crave. Why you can click on the top of each column heading and you get even more order and figures, so please, help yourself. But the take home message I want to leave you with today, is that we all need to be careful. For runners of Kingston, and indeed our visitors (including regular parkrunner Paul Belzard’s mate from Ohio), be attentive and on your guard - the Earl Family is taking over the world.
Why last week we had the magnificent Nick Earl (City of Norwich AC) who achieved a new course record for Kingston (14:52) – yep, you read that right, which made him the fastest UK parkrunner on the day. His twin brother Johnny (Hercules Wimbledon AC) came home third. This week, Nick wasn’t here, so Jonny bombed it home in 16:02. Further down the course Arthur Earl (nephew to Nick) clocked up his first official 5k parkrun in 41:18. Not bad for a FOUR YEAR OLD. Arthur was accompanied home by, I’m guessing mum Victoria. Do yourself a favour and google Nick and Johnny. I’m telling you – the Earl Running Empire is coming. It’s just a matter of time and lucky for us that Nick’s current home parkrun is in Australia, a long way from his beloved Norwich. My only real gripe is that Arthur ran the course in his Norwich City FC top. Had I known we had a Canaries fan on the course I would have demanded my parkrun fee back and also demanded that Arthur go to watch a Doncaster Rovers match – that’s proper football that is.
Arthur Earl - first official 5km parkrun
Nick Earl first finisher with nephew first parkrun.
Oh wait…..parkrun is free. And always will be. And is brought to us by a magnificent band of merry volunteers, week in, week out.
In other exciting news, we had:
•a whopping 29 first timers (of whom 9 chose to do their first parkrun EVER with us. Good choice guys;
•62 – yes SIXTY TWO PBs
•One 10 milestoner – congrats to junior Jessica McEndoe (27:56);
•Three 50 parkrun runners – Kevin Jacques (Ranelagh Harriers), Jim Ley (26.2 RRC) and Annie Goodman;
•One 100-er – Karen Rogers;
As always a big shout out to the volunteers who made it all happen. Me, I was glad to see that bear-man Warren Hardcastle at the turn point. I always feel very safe in Warren’s marshalling presence – although RD Bev Gow does a pretty good job of scaring the baddies away if need be too. Yesterday she executed that role with aplomb, standing firm in front of the Royal Borough of Kingston refuse removal gentleman who were hell bent on driving their truck through the course, whilst people were still coming in. Her weapon of choice? Subtle diplomacy. “No” said Bev when they tried to get through. “No. No. No. No” In the end, they gave up and reversed their van back from whence they had come. Don’t mess with Bev. Simple, innit?
Ok people. That’s your lot. Come back next week to do it all again. And remember – keep an eye on those Earls………….
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RD Edit: Thanks Josie for another entertaining read. We love parkrun and love a JOsie run report.
That's my stint for a bit. Until next time...
Bev RD for the week.