Wow. What a turnout, 644 runners recorded. This is a record for a Preston Park saturday parkrun, only exceeded by the number of runners on Christmas Day. Well done to everyone who turned out whether you ran, jogged, walked, pushed a buggy or were pulled round by a dog. A special thank you,too, to all of our wonderful volunteers. Speaking of volunteers each week we have several youngsters volunteering a part of their Duke of Edinburgh award and we support them and write their assessment once they complete the number of sessions required (13 for bronze, 26 for silver and 52 for gold). It was pleasing to see that three of our recent D of E volunteers have continued to volunteer, despite having already finished their required amount - take a bow Issy Davis, Marni Prickett Brown and Jasmin Anderson. I am sure parkrun has a lot of competition for their time on a saturday morning and they are demonstrating just how enjoyable and rewarding volunteering at parkrun is. So if anyone was contemplating volunteering but had been worried that it might not live up to the hype now's your chance to give it a go. I'm sure Issy, Marni and Jasmin would give it a 5 star rating.
We also welcomed Portslade Hedgehopper's this morning in the first of their Club superseries and also visitors from Surrey and Swansea.
To finish, back to the numbers. Apologies if anyone felt we were being a bit bossy in the post race funnel queue. At one point we had so many runners finishing - 260 between 22 and 27 minutes - that we were in danger of queuing back over finish line and preventing people from crossing it. So please remember to 'keep moving, close the gaps and hold your right palm out' next time you run.