1st January 2018
I arrive in the park about 08:30am and already runners had arrived! Apricot vests and Cowl Cowl neck warmers all visible.
Normally at Peckham rye we are used to the park being pretty quite until 08:50am, then in the last 10 minutes around 200 gather at the start. With a chance to record Two parkruns in One day (only time you can) We expected numbers to increase considerably and considerably they did!
A new attendance record of 339 runners started 2018 with a 5km run before heading off to do it again at another local park.
Tony Donaldson delivered the new runners brief to easily over 100 runners completing their first run at Peckham rye and after asking you all to thank our wonderful volunteers:
Alison SYMONDS-TAYLER • Paul BODDEY • Tony DONALDSON • Catherine MCDONALD • Helen STEPHEN • Rachael PRESTON • Sarah TIZZARD • Owen BRADY • Belinda CHAU • Daniel WATSON • Butch ALI • Emily WARBURTON-BROWN • Juliet BRISTOW • Martin WALSH • Eszti TAKACS
A prompt 9am start ensured maximum time to make your Second parkrun. We had One milestone with Xavi Rabanal-Hunt running his 100th parkrun so congratulations to you.
Regular first time finisher Andy Bond was 1st to finish in 17:09 he then went off to Southwark and finished 1st again in 17:16
First Female to finish was Alice McGushin in 19:35 It was Alice's first visit to peckham
I would like to also mention that a set of Car keys were found, Despite Facebook and Twitter posts we have had nobody come forward. Strangley we have not received any emails. The keys are currently safe with One of or core team. So if you lost them then please contact us.
I would like to end by thanking everyone who has ran or volunteered in the past and help us grow, We have a strong community here and I feel very lucky to be apart of that. Organising the parkrun is not easy but recently lots more people have come forward to help take the pressure off me.
I am still looking to take on more Run directors so please ask if you are interested
But it looks like you are all stuck with me as your event director for the long term future!
Happy New Year
Kev Chadwick - Event Director