The first parkrun of December and for what seemed like the first time in forever; we had a really cold run! However, the icy chill in the air didn't deter 268 runners, or thankfully our wonderful volunteers.
Anyone who was out on Saturday morning can surely understand what incredible people our volunteers are! As cold as it was to run that morning, the people that made the event possible stood out there for over an hour. There was fantastic support and encouragement from the marshals who were also making sure everyone was as safe as possible on the slippery bridges. The volunteers around the finish area did a brilliant job to ensure the smooth running of the timekeeping, handing out the tokens, and scanning the barcodes, all with frozen fingers. Also a massive thank you to the volunteers who arrived at 8am to set up the course for everyone. One in particular, Martin Shelbourne, who sets up the course every week for us, will be celebrating his 50th run next time! He will have the morning off from set up next week as Eye Community Runners ‘take-over’ Peterborough parkrun and provide all the volunteers for us.
This week, the cold and winter air was no match for some of the front runners, with 6 of the first 10 bagging new PBs. First across the line again was Lloyd Kempson (who remembered his barcode this week, yay) in a time of 16:35. Edwards Hewitt followed in a time of 16:41 (PB) and then third over the line was Paul Halford in 16:53 (PB). For the ladies, Jess Varley was first over the line in 19:07, finishing 8th overall! Second lady, for the second week, with another PB, was Melanie Tindale in a time of 22:18. Melanie has expressed her thanks to James Burton who was this week’s 22 minute pacer for running such even splits as this stopped her going out too fast. Emma Desbruslais was third lady this week, also achieving a new PB of 22:42.
Despite many people having to walk over the slippery bridges, 70 runners in total managed a new PB this week. I would love to mention them all but a quick few “well dones” go out to Dave Stunell who has run as many times as he has volunteered, for his new PB of 19:37. Regular parkrunner Nilesh Patel – who if you haven’t seen running you can often see going back to the cones to cheer on the runners after him – achieved a new PB this week of 22:30. Dave Richmond and dog Izzie achieved a new parkrun PB of 24:09. Dogs are welcomed at Peterborough parkrun, but like Dave, please only one dog per runner and they must be kept on a lead – this is for the safety of the runners…and importantly the dogs! After trying since the summer to get under 25 mins, Cathy Threadgold did it in style and ran 24:22 this week. It looks as though 26 minute pacer, Gordon Pearson, may have had something to do with all the PBs ahead of him for John Sandalls, Mark Giddings, Matt Clarkson and Jane Masters. Helen John achieved a new PB of 31:07 and said that she really enjoyed the run..."it was worth scraping the car for!" Well done to Carol Rogers on another PB this week. The only time Carol hasn’t achieved a PB has been when she’s offered to pace! Another one improving all the time and with another PB this week was Helen Bloodworth, who it looks like was kept company this week by club-mate Gary Marshall. Well done to junior runner Cody Merry on achieving a new PB of 26:49 on her 10th run. All under 11s must be accompanied by an adult throughout the run. Scott Merry has joined Cody since her first parkrun in September when she ran it in 31:29. Great improvement over the past few months!
Looking forward to the next few weeks’ events we have…
13th December is ECR ‘take-over’ so all volunteers are provided by the running club – thanks in advance Eye!
Also, this Sunday there is the 5k Santa Stroll & Fun Run at Ferry Meadows that was advertised a while ago and few parkrunners will be going to the Granary afterwards www.active.com/peterborough-cambridgeshire/running/distance-running-races/5k-santa-stroll-and-fun-run-2014
20th December is our fancy dress parkrun, festive or not, get your best outfits out and let it go! This is the last Saturday before Christmas so feel free to bring along mince pies etc. There may even be some prizes for best fancy dress!
25th December – Christmas Day! This is one of only two days that we are able to have parkrun not on a Saturday. We still need volunteers this day so if your family are coming to watch as you start the day with a social 5k run, why not see if they wouldn’t mind helping us out? It would be really useful if they registered but just email me for further details on firstname.lastname@example.org Just remember that the café is closed so please bring along hot drinks and a few bits to eat post run before disappearing off for something stronger and your Christmas dinner.
27th December is parkrun as usual, hopefully you will have recovered from Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In need of volunteers as usual.
1st January at the later start time of 10:30! This is the second of the two days we can have an extra parkrun. The later start time means that some of you keen parkrunners can go to Huntingdon parkrun just down the A1 first at the usual start time of 9am, then back up to Peterborough for the ‘double’. For those less keen, a chance for a lie in. For those even less keen…you guessed it, how about volunteering?
Another club ‘take-over’ on 3rd January with Werrington Joggers providing all the volunteers so the first that I will be asking for help in the new year (after New Year’s Day) will be 10th January.
See you this Saturday for another fresh parkrun, the cold never bothered me anyway
Laura Conway, Volunteer Co-ordinator