I always thought that this article would be largely read by regulars at Pendle parkrun, but it is clearly seen by some of the wider parkrun community. Over the weekend, the Pendle parkrun office received the following email:
"We're visiting our friends in Skipton this weekend and intended to do Skipton parkrun this morning. However, when we read last week's Pendle news about our fellow tourist runners from Stockton Striders (we come from Stockton, our home run is Tees Barrage) we decided to come to you instead. My husband, Mark, has done 227 runs on 66 different courses and I've done 156 runs on 56 different courses. Not that it's a competition, but we just couldn't resist! Thanks for your hospitality, we brought our godson who normally runs at Skipton and really enjoyed ourselves. Susan Symmonds"
The Symmonds family weren't the only first timers among a field of 69 hardy parkrunners on a cold Colne morning. There were no fewer than eight others having a look at Pendle parkrun for the first time.
Gareth Williams ran himself into third place and Tom Yates was in 13th just head of fellow first-times Fred Green and Daniel Hill, Daniel acquitting himself very well in his first-ever parkrun anywhere. A little further down the field my friend Andy Ratcliffe ran 12 miles to join in the fun, not bad for someone who only took up running a year ago, and the other first timers were Lydia Drain, Tia Bevis and Catherine Davies.
Fionnuala Swann was the pick of the PBs on the day as she finished sixth overall and first lady in a time on 21:45 and there was also new personal best times for Paul Ibbetson, Gillian White, Susan Harrison and Paul Taylor.
With an endearing amount of self-deprecation, event winner David Fort flew past my position of tailwalker as he went on to complete a sub-20 run with a comment only the lines of "Where are all the good runners?" and he even had the good grace to blush a little when I told him that he was one! It was the 12th time David had claimed the first finisher spot and he was home by almost a minute from Adam Holda who just had the edge over Gareth Williams.
Nicola Nuttall was second lady home on her 150th parkrun, and this week there is a special mention for Paul Brannon who claimed fourth spot despite carrying the extra weight of a Go-Pro on his head as he filmed the event and still managed to score the highest age grade percentile of the 69 runners.