Firsts and Other Milestones

Life is not always about being first, or being the best. parkrun doesn't come immediately to mind when you think of those events either, but infact parkrunners are in a league of their own when it comes to celebrating.

There was a wealth of evidence of this at Pomphrey Hill today. There were 13 first time parkrunners with us this morning, and a further 6 visiting for the first time. We hope you all enjoyed the run and look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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Another first timer was our Run Director, Rose. Having run 58 times and volunteered 49 before today, Rose nominated us as her 6-month volunteering activity for her DofE Bronze Award. As such, she has been an even more regular volunteer for us since October 2017, culminating in 2 weeks in shadowing as Run Director. It certainly made my life easier today, and judging by all the compliments, you all thought she did a fantastic job too.

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Out volunteers always know how to party, especially when the camera comes out. Many thanks to this weeks crew:

Katie PINNINGTON • Adrian GRIMSHAW • Megan GRIMSHAW • Alyssa GRIMSHAW • Thelma GARNER • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Tiernan GRIMSHAW • Chris THORNE • Vic GARNER • Victoria BURCHILL • Ella BURCHILL • Rose BURCHILL • Eloise BRAIN • Ris SCOTT • Caroline MILKINS • Stephen JENKINS • Hervé SKENDEROFF • Jake GARDINER • Joan GIBSON • Leanne FORD • Trudy REED • Brian ADAMSON • Harry FORD • Jack PITCHER • Seth FORD

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The biggest celebrations, of course, came from our milestone runners this week:

10 Club: Jessica WRIGHT and Callum SKIDMORE
50 Club: Lisa HIPPE-HEISLER and Richard HELLIAR
100 Club: Valerie HELLIAR (and Liam ROYLE, at nearby Eastville parkrun)

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Written comments in our visitors book continued the merriment:
"Really well organised, lovely people. Thank you for having me :) #12 Run for 2018", Ben James (@Benny46Drift)
"We are not visitors, but regulars celebrating our milestones, and found a new reason for another week without a PB: Celebration balloon line tangle! Needed several stops to untangle ourselves! Thank parkrun for being here on a Saturday morning", Val & Richard Helliar and Jess Wright.

Before, during and after the run, different groups of people spent time clearing litter from Pomphrey Hill and the surrounding area. Some of our volunteers made an early start clearing BBQs and glass bottles from near the run route, former Event Director Neil Newman ran with a portable bin and he was later joined by others and they managed to fill plenty more bags. Thank you all for taking pride in our park.

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Never content that the celebrations are over, even though there were surplus Jaffa Cakes, we are already looking forward to next week. Co-Event Director Ris will notch up her 100th run and there are rumours of a 250th event for a Pomphrey Hill regular.

For anyone travelling from the M32 direction, remember there is a complete road closure at the Bromley Heath viaduct next weekend (the work is scheduled from the evening of Friday 27th until the following Monday morning).

Enjoy your week until the next parkrunday.

Adrian.

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 217
21st April 2018

This week 278 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Nicola BROOKLAND who recorded a time of 18:17 on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 7,403 participants have completed 47,120 parkruns covering a total distance of 235,600 km, including 9,173 new Personal Bests.

 

A Barking Party to help Mr Hill’s squelchy bottom.

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parkrun is such an amazing event which brings people together every Saturday morning at 09:00hrs and it means that you get to know and make friends with new people. Being a Run Director (RD) also means that you get to talk and interact with everyone on the day. You are the guy (or girl) who everyone looks up to and relies on. But...I needed your help this weekend, we needed you to help shift the bark from the top of the tarmac slope to the bottom of "Mr Hill".

I had 16 fantastic individuals come along to help us, equipped with shovels, wheel barrows, rakes and forks (we even had a trailer!!). Thanks to all of you wonderful people for answering our call for help. Sorry about the rain that fell during our Barking Party, but looking at the smiles below, you must have had lots of fun.

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As always, the event couldn't take place without our superb volunteers who put so much time and effort into putting the event on. The results processing was hassle free, and that's down to you guys and girls.

Katie PINNINGTON • Steven BURGE • Neil EVANS • Anne BURGE • Thelma GARNER • Laura CUNDY • William LEE • Catalina LEE • Debra PARSONS • Anna THOMAS • Vic GARNER • Katie VERSACI • Gavin VERSACI • Richard HARRIS • Eloise BRAIN • Dave HORNE • Lisa HIPPE-HEISLER • Daniel SMITH • Ian CONWAY • Stephen JENKINS • Hervé SKENDEROFF • Shelagh FISHLOCK • Jake GARDINER • Andy BUSH • Joan GIBSON • Susan BERRY • Ian BERRY • Lucy BILLETT • Trudy REED • Lucy CANNON • Sam COSSEY • Kelly HUGHES • Claire THOMAS • Charlie BUSH

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I have to hold my hands up and admit that I totally forgot to put the volunteer roster board out on the table at the event. The board allows you guys to write down your name to volunteer at our future events. If you know you can or would like to volunteer at our event then please email us at pomphreyhillhelpers@parkrun.com

Pomphrey Hill parkrun #216We had 218 participants this week including just the one milestone which was one of the juniors, Louis CLARKE, who reached his 10th parkrun. Pomphrey Hill parkrun #216

 

I always like to check the visitor book so that I can include any inserts in the run report...thanks to Peter and Karen AKRILL, who visited us from Abingdon parkrun who wrote "Thank you - Lovely course". The barking party must have worked.

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Before we got going with the event, I introduced you all to Gill Whitehead. Gill was representing Running Down Dementia which is a campaign launched by parkruns charity partner Alzheimers Research UK. They are asking you to challenge yourself: pledge to run or walk 100k and raise £100 for dementia research and you’ll join the thousands of parkrunners around the country coming together in the fightback against dementia. For more info on the above please check out the link.

http://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2018/04/05/run-100km-raise-100-are-you-up-for-the-challenge/

I also reminded you that we have had to cancel next weeks event as there is a family festival of running fun day taking place which is in aid of the Childrens Hospice South West. Please check out the link for more info on the event.   https://activesouluk.co.uk/events/

I hope everyone enjoyed Pomphrey Hill event #216 and I look forward to welcoming you again really soon, in the meantime though why not give one of our stalwart volunteers Steve Jenkins a big hug.

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Take care and keep having fun.

Steven Burge - RD @ Pomphrey Hill parkrun - A379214

Pomphrey Hill parkrun

Event number 216
7th April 2018

This week 218 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 34 volunteers:

Katie PINNINGTON • Steven BURGE • Neil EVANS • Anne BURGE • Thelma GARNER • Laura CUNDY • William LEE • Catalina LEE • Debra PARSONS • Anna THOMAS • Vic GARNER • Katie VERSACI • Gavin VERSACI • Richard HARRIS • Eloise BRAIN • Dave HORNE • Lisa HIPPE-HEISLER • Daniel SMITH • Ian CONWAY • Stephen JENKINS • Hervé SKENDEROFF • Shelagh FISHLOCK • Jake GARDINER • Andy BUSH • Joan GIBSON • Susan BERRY • Ian BERRY • Lucy BILLETT • Trudy REED • Lucy CANNON • Sam COSSEY • Kelly HUGHES • Claire THOMAS • Charlie BUSH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Nicola BROOKLAND who recorded a time of 18:17 on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 7,384 participants have completed 46,842 parkruns covering a total distance of 234,210 km, including 9,128 new Personal Bests.

 

Wet, Boggy Thrills and Spills with parkruns Founder.

This week at Pomphrey Hill we had it all, mud, the founder of parkrun himself and numerous milestones including 10th junior, 50th parkrun and 50th volunteer role.

225 people walked, jogged and ran our course, in shall we say, slightly challenging conditions. The mini beast from the East #3 decided to stay away as did, most of the rain which was great. Bad weather in the lead up to the day meant we had puddles along the course near the pond and squelchy conditions going Up Pomphrey!

Because of the recent wet, boggy conditions, we will be hosting another barking party next weekend on the 7th of April. This is to move bark from the top of tarmac hill to the muddiest part of Pomphrey Hill mainly at the bottom. The party will start at 07:45hrs and it would be fantastic if you could bring wheel barrows and shovels to help us out with the project. Also, if anyone knows where we can source some free wood bark/chippings please let us know as the more the merrier.

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This week we had a bumper crop of runners joining various parkrun clubs.

http://www.parkrun.com/about/our-clubs/  

Joining the 50 club were:
Nicholas WALLER
Leanne FORD
Sally HOBBS
Lucy FREEMAN
Liz KNIGHT
Neil EVANS – who marked the occasion by racking up his 50th volunteer credit by tail walking, although this isn't an official parkrun club, it's still a great achievement.

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Rory who has joined the parkrun 10 club

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Joining the 25 volunteer club this weekend,
Mike Kimber
Mike was our barcode scanner on Saturday completing his 24th volunteer stint, and then on Sunday Mike visited Eastville junior parkrun to tail walk. Quite a few of our runners regularly visit the local junior parkruns on a Sunday to support these events and it’s a great way to earn a coveted purple shirt and get a lovely new logo next to your name in the results! Find out more about the junior events Page Park, Eastville, Little Stoke, Windmill Hill and Kings Weston. 

 

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So on to the statistics from Saturday we had participants from
29 different clubs,
21 personal best's,
20 visitors,
20 volunteers,
8 first timers,
8 ambassadors,
7 run directors
1 co-ed,
1 parkrun employee and finally
1 parkrun founder Mr Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE.

Did you spot Paul Sinton-Hewitt running our course on Saturday? Starting at the front of the pack in his bright apricot parkrun jacket, he finished in 7th. But when he finished he placed himself near the bottom of the tarmac hill to cheer in our runners as they completed the course. He also posed for a few photos. It’s the second time Paul has visited our course and he earned almost a 2 minute PB (one of the 21 who earned a new PB on the day).

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The other significant PB at the weekend, was earned by Amy Nicholls. On her first run at Pomphrey Hill, finishing just after Paul, Amy recorded a time of 21.04 to set a new age category record JW11-14 at 77.29% the best age grade of the day. Wll done Amy!

On Saturday we will be hosting a group of visitors from parkrun's official charity partner Alzheimer's Research UK who will be launching the Running Down Dementia (RDD) campaign. They will have a few words to say in the pre-run brief as well as leaflets to hand out at the end of the funnel for those that want them.

*CANCELLATION NOTICE - 14/04/18*

Active Soul UK are hosting a running festival in aid of Children's Hospice South West at Pomphrey Hill playing fields on the 14th April. A fun day where the whole family can get active. Races for all ages over multiple distances. Suitable for all, beginners through to the more experienced runner. Medals for all participants and prizes for the winners of the age group races. 100% profit donated to Children's Hospice South West (https://www.chsw.org.uk/)

Unfortunately this means we have to cancel our event, but you can visit one of friendly neighbours for a bit of parkrun tourism. Eastville (3.3miles), Chipping Sodbury (5.7miles), Ashton Court (7.4miles), Bath Skyline (9.9miles) or Wotton (11.6miles).

Anne Burge
Co-Event Director

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 215
31st March 2018

This week 225 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Wayne ELLIS • Ian CROZIER • Steven BURGE • Neil EVANS • Anne BURGE • Alyssa GRIMSHAW • Meryl GRIMSHAW • Debra PARSONS • Malcolm PICK • Ian CONWAY • Lorraine MORGAN • Stephen JENKINS • Mike KIMBER • Shelagh FISHLOCK • Jake GARDINER • Joan GIBSON • Martin GRAHAM • Pat DAVIS • Claire PRESTON • Matthew '5 Past' BESSELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Nicola BROOKLAND who recorded a time of 18:17 on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 7,366 participants have completed 46,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 233,120 km, including 9,088 new Personal Bests.

 

Crisis of faith

You may not believe me but I don't actually "enjoy" being a RD. Don't get me wrong, I am incredibly proud of being a RD but when it comes round to my turn to be RD, a sense of dread slowly fills me during the week. Come Friday night, all I can do is worry. I like to point out that I'm not scared of the people at parkrun or scared of speaking in front of a large number of people. I just get really worried that something is going to go wrong and I'll end up ruining parkrun day for so many people.

I know parkrun is a run, not a race but it is so much more than "just" a run. For some people, it could be that elusive PB or a milestone run. For some, parkrun could mean their first ever 5km. Or it's part of a longer run. Or an opportunity to meet with friends. Or the only chance to have a run during the week. Whilst it is only a run, it is a special run that means different things to different people.

This week, my feeling of fear was increased by working away from Bristol all week. Could I find enough people to volunteer so parkrun day could happen? I didn't want to become the first RD to cancel the event because not enough people came forward to volunteer. With the roster finally filled on Friday, my worry was then transferred to the kit, did I have everything? Is it all charged? Do I know where everything is?

Waking up on parkrun day, I looked at the weather and then worried about it raining all morning. I fished out my waterproof jacket so I was ready for anything. I packed the car and then drove to Pomphrey Hill. I then started to worry did I pack the finish tokens? Did I leave something in the garage? Did I leave something in the house? Nope, everything present and correct.

All this week, I have been thinking, do I want to carry on as RD? Is it worth the worry I go through each event I RD? Up until abut 8:30, I was thinking maybe it's time for me to step down. Everything changed at about 8:30. The people who make parkrun happen arrived. You. You arrived. The volunteers, the first timers, the old hands, the visitors, the friends.

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The team of volunteers who heard my calls for help this week and a special visitor, Wonky Bear. Katie PINNINGTON, Steven GRANT, Thelma GARNER, Vic GARNER, Rose BURCHILL, Richard HARRIS, Joanna PARKER, Benjamin PARKER, Sian HARRIS, Daniel SMITH, Kate ROSE, Caroline MILKINS, Stewart CUNDY, Hervé SKENDEROFF, Jake GARDINER, Lynsey MILES, Anna CLARKE, Linda SQUILLACI, Louis CLARKE, Lesley BARRY, Matthew RAWLING, Sam COSSEY, Helen DAVIS, Holly CLARKE, Sheila ODELL & Tim RAWLING. Thank you for helping today, you did an amazing job! Special mention goes to Sian Harris who responded to both calls for help and was a car park marshal and a timekeeper.

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I give you the funnel team, Sian and Herve on timekeeping duties and Thelma as funnel manger keeping a watchful eye over everything.

I know some people get a bit worried about the pressure of something like timekeeping or some of the other funnel roles. There are numerous other chances to help out at parkrun.

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The barcode scanning team certainly seemed to enjoy helping out today. They were a bit more spread out whilst they were scanning. I think Kate is showing poor scanning technique, the barcode won't scan that far away!

Some people enjoy the marshal role.

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Like most weeks, there are numerous people who experience the "joys" of going "Up Pomphrey!" for the first time. Very rarely do they say it was joy going up there! This week we had 24 first timers to Pomphrey Hill. Thirteen of these had the combined joy of doing Pomphrey Hill for the first time as well as doing their very first parkrun. For a first parkrun, Pomphrey Hill is a tough course. Congratulations to:

Alex Bridgeman, Lauren Abraham, Gary Woodruff, Noel Swarbrick, Helen Stirland, Jacqui Shackleton, Joseph Hollister, Alex Capel, Hayley Dunk, Tina Wiltshire, Sharon Swanborough, Lisa Walker and Holly Clarke.

Welcome to the parkrun family. Hopefully this was the first of many.

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Lynsey giving the new runners briefing with a little assistance from Wonky Bear.

Welcome to the various tourists who tried Pomphrey Hill for the first time. I hope you enjoyed the course. The Hill is a bit easier in the summer. I said a bit, the summer heat brings a different challenge!!!

This weeks visitors:

Mark Drew, Steve Hollier, Rachel Oakly, Gary Oakly, Nicholas Hall, Daisy Gaunt, Michaela Charlesworth, Lauren Nesbit, Carol Nesbit, Tanya Matthews and Rebecca Dunsford.

There were an incredible 42 personal bests this week. I always like to see someone get a personal best. Special mention must go to Ollie Harper who got a personal best as well as first finisher. Well done Ollie!

Congratulations go to:

Jon Woodward, Andrew Powell, Hayley Bennett, Gary Hope, Mark Cook, Ella Smith, Kevin Raeburn, Rebecca Attwod, Julie Ilogu, Jason Dann, Harry Griffiths, Daniel Welch, Martin Bennett, George Bettesworth, Geoff Hall, Dan Luton, Lewis Kendall, Oliver Tucker, Dave Webb, Stephen Logan, Cosmo Matheson, Charlotte Fryer, Amy Maynard, Helen Clash, Mark Shackleton, Claire Brown, Phil Cossey, Claire Thomas, Samuel Hollister, Mel Irwin, Alice Vickers, Kate Tuck, Bethan Monis, Issac Michon-Banerji, Kamala Banerji, Lou Button, Kathryn Bettesworth, Simon Hailwood, Jayne Pitt and Ruth Clifton.

Milestone runs were achieved by Joe Adams hitting 50 and Francesca Versaci reaching 10 parkruns. Well done! Keep an eye on the parkrun website for news about the new t-shirts.

After all the wonderful things I saw today, the incredible performances, the smiles, the determination of so many people doing something that is clearly not "just a run", I realised this is why I love parkrun. This is why I RD. I want to give other people the something special that parkrun has given me. Thank you all for restoring my faith and belief in the power of parkrun. Thank you Helen Davies for capturing the magic of parkrun in your photos.

The roster is looking a little sparse for the next few weeks. Please take a look and see what you can do in the weeks ahead so other people can experience that special something that they find from parkrun. There are many ways to volunteer. Some can be combined with still getting your 5km e.g. car park marshal or tail walker Or some like marshalling can be done as a family.

 

Danny Smith

Run Director

 

Pomphrey Hill parkrun
Event number 214
24th March 2018

This week 247 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Katie PINNINGTON • Steven GRANT • Thelma GARNER • Vic GARNER • Rose BURCHILL • Richard HARRIS • Joanna PARKER • Benjamin PARKER • Sian HARRIS • Daniel SMITH • Kate ROSE • Caroline MILKINS • Stewart CUNDY • Hervé SKENDEROFF • Jake GARDINER • Lynsey MILES • Anna CLARKE • Linda SQUILLACI • Louis CLARKE • Lesley BARRY • Matthew RAWLING • Sam COSSEY • Helen DAVIS • Holly CLARKE • Sheila ODELL • Tim RAWLING

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Pomphrey Hill parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Nicola BROOKLAND who recorded a time of 18:17 on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Patrick MARTIN who recorded a time of 15:37 on 4th February 2017 (event number 156).
The Age Grade course record is held by Simon ANDERSON who recorded 86.78% (17:16) on 13th August 2016 (event number 130).

Pomphrey Hill parkrun started on 1st March 2014. Since then 7,338 participants have completed 46,399 parkruns covering a total distance of 231,995 km, including 9,067 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Snow Laughing Matter

So it's just after the middle of March and the weather should be improving. Approaching Easter and the fields should be teeming with new wildlife gamboling about in the weak spring sunshine. Maybe like an Italian fellow called Julius several years ago we should have been wary of the Ides of March - Strictly speaking that's the 15th fact fans but it'll fit for the narrative here...

All that is a rather long winded and verbose way of saying "it blew a hoolie and we had blizzard conditions" I know we always talk about the weather in these run reports (Typical Brits) but on this case the weather was a defining factor. In these conditions massive thanks go to our wonderful volunteers who stood out in the cold for a long time.

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This weeks crew of frozen button pushers, chilly scanners and frosty marshals were James AVERY, Samantha BRAIN, Eloise BRAIN, Richard BREAKSPEAR, Rose BURCHILL, Sam COSSEY, Phil COSSEY, Helen DAVIS, Joan GIBSON, Alyssa GRIMSHAW, Kelly HOPE, Dave HORNE, Joanna HOWELL, Stephen JENKINS, Catalina LEE, Ian MUSSELL, Sheila ODELL, Rachel PATERSON, Jenny RAWLING, Matthew RAWLING, Hervé SKENDEROFF, Anna THOMAS, Jackie THORNE and Ian TILEY. The roster for the next few weeks is looking very thin, please consider signing up to help us out at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/pomphreyhill/futureroster/.

This week we also welcomed a whopping 75 graduates from couch25k courses run by sportspound amongst 86 first timers. The next ones start in April and more details can be found on the sportspound website. Amazingly almost 25% of todays 339 parkrunners were first timers. Well done to all of you for running your first parkrun in those conditions and we hope to see you back soon.

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We also got to belatedly reward our Junior parkrunner of the year:

20180317_100557Our photographer today, Helen, took loads of great photos which can be seen on our Flickr pool which can be found at http://www.flickr.com/groups/pomphreyhill-parkrun/pool/P1100231

That's all from me and a longer run report than my run brief

See you at the next parkrunday

Ian - RD 17 March 2018

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