On Maesteg’s twentieth parkrun, I finally had the email saying “Congratulations on your first Maesteg parkrun”. My role for today was Tail Walker. I was one of 35 people who ran, jogged and walked our beautiful but cold course. There were 8 first timers (me being 1) and 9 different running clubs represented.
I ran with Meryl Davies it was her second parkrun and in fact it was her second run ever!! Meryl told me how she decided to start running after a group of friends were discussing Maesteg parkrun over dinner. A few days later she had signed up online, printed her barcode and announced to her friends that she would be joining them. All without so much as a practice run. As we made our way around the course it was lovely to see how supportive the volunteers and other runners were. Every time we passed someone they would tell Meryl how great she was doing, offer a high five or words of encouragement. As a newbie to running I told her not to worry about running the hill but two out of the four times, Meryl nailed it, cheered on by some Ogmore Phoenix runners on lap four, she reached the top triumphantly.
Fellow first timer on the course today was Devin Coombes of Bridgend AC, Devlin was the first male over the line in 18:29. First female over the line in 25:58 was Sarah Littlewood of Ogmore Phoenix, it was a new PB for Sarah. Also getting PB’s this week were: Aled Hughes, Darren Griffiths, Toby Kearns, Paul Warren, Laurie Williams, Rich Greenwood, Emma Williams, Katy Kearns and Angela Griffiths. Well done all.
To see all the results from todays run, please see our website http://www.parkrun.org.uk/maesteg/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=20
A BIG THANK YOU for this week’s volunteers:
Colin BLACKWELL, Amanda BRAIN, Michael BRAIN, Christine CHILCOTT, Justine EVANS, Rob EVANS, Margaret HARDING, Elizabeth LAWLESS, Phoebe PENNELL, Stephne PUDDY, Sarah SMILES MORGAN, James THOMAS, Delma THOMAS, Kathryn WARREN, Philip WHITE, and Margaret WHITE
Without our volunteers our run would not be able to go ahead and it wouldn’t be as awesome either. Thank you for showing such support to everyone that takes part and making them feel so welcome. A special mention to Colin Blackwell who has volunteered at all 20 of our events, thank you Colin.
So next week I will be running again. Ogmore Phoenix Running Club will be taking over all the volunteer roles at Maesteg parkrun so that the core team can run the course together. If you have any blue tops, please wear them next week as the theme for the morning is BLUE!! Hopefully they'll be bringing some treats too, after all, it is our first club take over.
See you next week (eek on the start line again)