324 runners braved the sub zero temperatures this morning for Netley Abbey's 263rd parkrun. This probably equated to 648 gloves, at least 900 layers, and a handful of very chilly, but ever cheerful marshals!
This morning saw significant milestones for some Netley Abbey regulars. Obviously the most important element of such occasions is post run treats, and they didn't disappoint! Rebekah Collins and Jonathon Brothers celebrated turning 50 (in parkrun terms) today, while Gerry Robson and Tracey Corker earned their 100 Tshirt today. Eclipsing them all, however, was David Hawkins who, with the assistance/ hindrance of celebratory balloons, completed his 250th parkrun today.
Joining him and boosting today's numbers were lots of his running friends, many of whom were visiting from Southampton parkrun. 250 is a massive achievement, and is well deserved for a man who volunteers nearly every week with set up and close down, constantly encourages others and is always a friendly face at parkrun. David's parkrun journey has seen him run Netley 216 times, and taken him as far north as Glasgow. David's first parkrun was at neighbouring Eastleigh on 15/5/2010, and he was at Royal Victoria Country Park for the very first Netley Abbey parkrun.
Well done to all those who have reached a milestone this week, and the many who already wear their milestone Tshirts with pride.
Also worth a mention today are those with another very important milestone: their first parkrun. Well done to the 24 first timers today and welcome to the parkrun family!