A big thank you to one of our tourists today Karen Cole of Havant (Portsmouth) parkrun for providing the run report. I took a look at the stats from Karen, its always nice to hear what someone from far afield thinks when they tour at Perry Hall. Karen is certainly someone who has lots of parkruns to compare us against, she has completed 109 DIFFERENT parkruns!! - Wow, that is incredible, and run a total of 243 parkruns. Not long until you achieve the much loved green milestone tee for 250 parkruns - Well done, we hope to see you again soon.
On turning up at the start line, we found a cheery band of volunteers, who were massing and being briefed as to their duties which lifted our spirits as they do each parkrun morning. The parkrun fairies were working hard today and bathed the park in glorious blue skies and sunshine, so provided perfect opportunity to talk to others before we started.
Thank you to Helen Johnson for the runner's briefing where new runners were warmly welcomed and introduced to the course layout. What a beautiful course you have too, with 3 slightly different looping laps in stunning parkland. Locals were telling me that it used to be a mining area, not that you can see any evidence of that now, where trees and rivers run alongside well maintained paths.
Today, tourists from Telford, Coventry, Riddlesdown, Havant, Bolton, Melton Mowbray and as far away as Spain were using Perry Hall as their tourist venue. 5 of these were sporting the much coveted green 250 shirt.
A big thank you as always to the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure that we were able to run this morning. There were certainly a cheery band of marshals out on the course, all supporting by giving encouragement and clapping, certainly the change round of the lap number boards were a welcome sight as we went round.
Don't forget if you are unable to run, have a race coming up or are just generally a good egg, then volunteering is a great way to give back to the parkrun community. Head over to the Perry Hall parkrun webpage for details of the next few weeks roster and sign up for a position that suits you- you get to wear a hi-viz jacket! -what more incentive do you want? We were also reminded that the lost property tree was starting to fill up nicely. Don't forget to have a look if you have recently mislaid an item.
First timers, as mentioned above, are always warmly welcomed and are on the start of their parkrun journey and working towards their first milestones. The trick is when working towards your milestones is #DFYB- Don't Forget Your Barcode! 13 of you were listed as unknown runners this morning. That's one run less to count towards those milestone tees. Milestones this morning announced were Stephen MCCann who was running his 250th parkrun.
That's the great thing about parkrun isn't it, that each person has their own individual journey to talk and share about. Especially pertinent though to also remember to hand in your finish token, parkrun needs them for next week as they unfortunately are not a souvenir, medal or indeed your own version of Bingo!
Goodfellas, just outside of the park on the main road, provides the venue for the apres parkrun. We already had booked our brekkie, so couldn't go but hear that although cheep and cheerful they do great breakfast- maybe next time
Thank you again Perry Hall parkrun for starting our weekend off on a positive note. Look forward to seeing you all soon.
This week 170 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:
Alexander COLE • Karen COLE • Clare TAYLOR • Janice MCCREARY • Lorna WITTER • Angelina FARRUGGIA • Roy GREAVES • Julie MORRIS • Sarah GIBSON • Claire CARPENTER • John-Paul GLASSFORD • Aman PARKAR • Richard GREAVES • Christopher JONES • Russell BURNS • Emma HAWKEY • Helen JOHNSON • Phil SMITH • Roger LEE • Imogen GUNSON • Claire TAYLOR • Annie MOSELEY