Roses are red
50 shirts are too
We know you love parkrun
As much as we do
With Valentines Day still in our thoughts and some 50th runs to celebrate we asked you to come along to Kingsway with your red shirts and you didn’t disappoint – there was a sea of red at Kingsway for our one true love – parkrun!
We celebrated 50th parkruns for Richard Prior, Victoria Wills and our own Run Director, Glyn Matthews and they even managed to complete the run with their huge 50 balloons still intact. There were also two juniors completing their 10th milestone runs plus there are several runners who are on 49 and 99 runs and Simon Dakin on 248 so more milestones will be reached very soon
In true parkrun style, the weather fairies were kind to us and what started as a misty morning saw the sun peeking through and even a bit of blue sky by the time parkrun started - just as a couple from Tetbury arrived, having left at 5.30am to run there in time. Truly besotted.
How do we love parkrun? Let me count the ways - 263 runners of which there were 29 first timers, 38 personal bests recorded and representatives of 23 different clubs. Add to this 28 volunteers who made this event possible and that’s a whole lotta love.
Sadly our first finisher must have been distracted by love as they’d forgotten their most treasured possession, their barcode. A reminder for us all to keep our barcode close to our hearts. So the first male finisher with a barcode was Lewis Wassel with a time of 18:34. Our first lady finisher, Gwen Kinsey, showed precisely how much she loves parkrun - 82.45% according to her awesome age grade score.
The volunteers showing the love were
Annette HEYLINGS • Fiona DAKIN • Eileen HODGSON • Gary PHILPOTT • Gary OAKLEY • Chris COX • James BOON • Amanda VALDER • Andy JARRETT • Lee SESSIONS • Heather COLE • Karen PAICE • Deb PEAKE • Tracey FAIRLESS • Richard WILLIAMS • Amanda PREECE • Steve PEAKE • Phil COLE • Calum PREECE • Richard MEADOWS • Kat WALKER • Kay SEARLE • Jenny POWELL • Maureen WRIGHT • Joyce SEHMI • Fiona LAWRENCE • Janet STEVENS • Kimberley MONAHAN