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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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.
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.