Longrun Meadow parkrun 5th December 2016

Longrun Meadow parkrun welcomed 37 first timer today with tourists coming from Little Stoke, Coventry, Cardiff, Pontypridd and the home of parkrun – Bushy Park. We hoped you enjoyed Longrun

You cannot run without volunteers so thank you for all those who gave up their time so you could run. It was great to see a couple of juniors helping out today. Jack Odams will be a regular for a few weeks as he completes his Duke of Edinburghs award. Alicia Andrews volunteered as she was injured. None of the jobs are daunting so if you have not volunteered yet they why don’t you sign the volunteer sheet on run day or email Longrunmeadowhelpers@parkrun.com with your availability.

268 runners complete the 5K course today, with a couple more starting their parkrun journey by completing 1 lap. The conditions were ideal for running this morning with 59 runners making the most of cool, sunny and windless conditions as they recorded a PB. A special mention must go to Andy George who I spoke to after the run. He started running as he wanted to improve his health. He has now run 9 times, getting quicker each week to record 8 PB’s on the bounce. He said it has also helped him mentally as well.

I ran on Wednesday with Running Forever and I chatted to a GP about an article I read about the ease of prescribing a pill or the prescription of going on an exercise plan. The conclusion was although most doctors realise the benefits of exercise the limited 6-10 appointment time makes prescribing a pill the easy option as prescribing an exercise programme takes so much more time. The awkward conversation, the right exercise plan and the time required to follow it up.   Personally getting the parkrun “bug” has helped me over the last 3 year. Apart from the 2 stone weight loss, I feel fitter, both physically and mentally. The Longrun Meadow parkrun family has really helped. I am sure a lot of you feel the same.

Anyhow back to the run today! Damn the little tackers are getting quick! Two Under 14’s in the first 3 to cross the line in the men’s standings. Lee Dart of Exeter Harriers, was first over the line in 17:34 and Tom Heal of Taunton AC third over the line in 17:38. Only Chris Hamilton second in 17:36 stopped the junior domination.

Junior power also came on top in the women’s standings with Under 14 Charlotte Brown of Taunton AC, was first over the line in 21:32. Emily Rowe was second over the line in 22:34. Sarah Capstick of Running Forever Running Club, was third over the line in 22:35

Just an update on what’s happening over Christmas.  We will do our fancy dress parkrun on Saturday 17th December.  I am sure we will have prizes for the most creative of you.  We will also be running as normal on Saturday 24th December.  For those who fancy 2 parkuns in 2 days we will also be running on Christmas Day 9.00am start.  Saturday 31st December is also business as normal.  At present we won’t be running on Sunday 1st December so that we don’t get in the way of junior parkrun.  There is a slight possibility we could start at 10am and perhaps help the junior parkrun beforehand.  We will keep you posted

Dave Bullock