Longrun Meadow parkrun 28th May 2016

Good afternoon parkrunners,

No doubt many of you are glowing in contentment and self-pride at having completed another parkrun this morning (all with the exception of Craig W that is who is no doubt giving himself another strict talking to for not improving on his time ;-)). And why not? parkrun is a great reason to get up early and focus on the mental and physical challenge that lies ahead, with the added bonus of burning calories and sharing the fantastic community atmosphere that is so engaging at Longrun Meadow. Goodness knows what a Saturday morning would hold without it, although one thing is sure, we would all be the poorer for it.

297 runners toed the line in near perfect conditions this morning, GPS watches primed and laces tightly tied. Amongst the regulars, we welcomed visitors from Cardiff, Coventry, Plymouth, Milton Keynes and Liverpool as well as a young runner from Japan. I hope you all enjoyed the experience that Longrun Meadow parkrun offers and you will come back to visit us again soon. There were also 21 first timers and a massive 42 PBs – that is 14% of us; very well done to all of you.

With no runners reaching big milestones this week, there was unfortunately no cake! However, do not despair, Jannette Blair and Simon Bolam are well on their way towards the 50 marker, with Andy Buswell in the final stretch towards his 100, so with any luck normal cake feasts will be making a comeback soon!

First man past the post today was James Watson (16:38) second Phil Burden (16:39), and third Soren Adams (16:48) I don’t want to highlight your age too much Philip, but with an age-grade percentage of 89.10% that is seriously good running. Onto the ladies and, with the absence of several superb female runners, Caroline Norris scraped past the post first (20:37) in front of Tilly Woods (20:39) in second and Macey Barrett (21:33) in third. Tremendous effort by Macey in the JW11-14 category – keep it up!

Now a mention to our 16 volunteers who decided to ditch the trainers this week so we could all run; many thanks to you all. Please do volunteer from time to time, it really is the only way that parkrun can continue to operate; you can email one of the core team at longrunmeadowhelpers@parkrun.com to book a slot. Finally, a word to Mike Cadman – our resident photographer who has had to retire from photographic duties for the time being until his hip operation. Wishing you all the best Mike, stay in touch and hopefully we will see you skipping through the tall grasses at Longrun before too long. Thank you to stand-in Graham Foster for taking the snaps today. longrunmeadowhelpers@parkrun.comlongrunmeadowhelpers@parkrun.com

Have a great weekend all and hopefully see you again next week; same time, same place for ‘you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream’…

Caroline Norris