DRY JANUARY – SO FAR …
Not a comment on the progress of a resolution to abstain from consuming alcohol for a month, which this week’s report writer didn’t make anyway, merely an observation concerning our good fortune with the weather so far this year. What a contrast with 12 months ago, when Woodside Gardens were about to sink under a deluge of rain which made the course impassable and unusable on far too many Saturdays.
This dry spell meant that the 128 runners who participated today enjoyed almost perfect conditions underfoot which, coupled with the cool start to the day, probably explains why 23 new PBs were achieved. It was also very encouraging to welcome so many new faces, 37 in all, a mixture of tourists and first-timers, some of whom were attempting to maintain their resolution of getting fitter in 2019.
One of the newcomers, to Woodside though not to parkrun, Jamie Goss was the first to finish in 19m11s., and the first female to cross the line was Sophie Weguelin in 23m21s, a new PB. Definitely also deserving recognition is Lou Frost, who achieved her fourth consecutive PB and who is now over 6 minutes faster than in her first appearance in May last year - what fantastic progress!
The event was made possible by an amazing turn-out of volunteers, 21 in all, with an age-range spanning an incredible seven decades. A huge thank you this week goes to:
Linda DOWELL • Darren PRICE • Kay MITCHELL • Tony MILES • Nigel SMITH • Peter HARWOOD • Prue BAKER • Nigel MUSSETT • Peter ALLEN • Janet ALLEN • Sarah BUNCE • Isabel ROCHE • James WEBB • Sue WARD • Bette KEEPING • Sam SNOOK • Liz SANDERS • Carl HUSSEY • Steven MOORE • David PETERS • Ray NEEDLE
Finally, and congratulations if you’ve managed to read this far without the aid of alcohol, a plea for your cooperation. We had to deal this week with a justified complaint from a neighbour in Ridgeway Lane who was unable to drive out of her property because someone had parked across her gateway. So, if you come to parkrun by car and you haven’t left your car at Priestlands Leisure Centre, in the M&S car park or in the car park off Ridgeway Lane (3 options there) and are forced to park in the road, please avoid blocking someone’s driveway. We know it could have been someone unconnected with parkrun, but we promised to do what we could so that this problem doesn't occur again.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found, as usual, on the Lymington Woodside parkrun Results Page.