The weather forecast didn’t fill us with optimism. On looking out at 6am to see snow falling, today’s Run Director and set-up team, Richard and Jane, pondered if it was possible to eat an entire banana cake between them if they cancelled, and the volunteers got to stay in bed.
Happily, on arriving at the riverside, there was no sign of ice, just plenty of mud and snow showers. Prudhoe parkrun was on! The volunteers duly arrived to share in the cake and were joined by a hardy 58 parkrunners, undeterred by the Met Office’s predictions of heavy snow between 8 and 9 am!
Amongst the 58 were 10 first timers at Prudhoe, with five people choosing today, of all days, to run their first ever parkrun. 9 people recorded new Personal Bests, probably, as one PB achiever noted, ‘running as fast as possible to get back to the warm car.’ Well done to all.
Two of today’s parkrunners also completed milestone runs; congratulations to Karen Page and to Hazel Hughes, who earned their ’50’ t-shirts today. Small celebration tonight perhaps?
Today is National Sleep-in Day, and parkrunners were encouraged to turn up in their pjs. Parkrun supporters Millbrook Beds are offering five king-sized limited edition parkrun Perfect 2000 mattresses as prizes for the best photos of parkrunners wearing pjs. Amazingly, despite the cold (or perhaps because of it), some of our volunteers and parkrunners turned out in ‘stylish’ onesies and warm-looking dressing gowns. If you were one of them, check out resident snapper Janine’s photos on Facebook, find your photo and post it on www.facebook.com/millbrook.beds, using #parkruninpjs, and remember to tag Prudhoe Riverside parkrun. Millbrook Beds will choose the best five photos to win a brand-new mattress. You can find the T&Cs here: http://parkrun.me/pn10r.
Last, but definitely not least, thanks to our wonderful (and possibly frozen) band of volunteers, for turning out for one of the coldest parkruns we’ve had! You really are hi-viz heroes:
Joanne LUCKING • Jane MORTON • Sharon WESTGARTH • Sacha WEEKS • Paul ROBINSON • Melanie ELLIOTT • Tony BROWN • Richard HESLOP • Janine CALKIN • Jill HARLAND • Claire DAVIES • Jennifer BURN • Linzi ELLENDER • Alison SOUTHWOOD • Nicola MACLEAN • Jack COLLINSON
See you all next Saturday and #dfyb.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Prudhoe Riverside parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Kurt HERON who recorded a time of 16:14 on 21st October 2017 (event number 50).
The female record is held by Unknown ATHLETE (F) who recorded a time of 17:15 on 4th November 2017 (event number 52).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mark MCNALLY who recorded 86.37% (20:25) on 4th November 2017 (event number 52).
Prudhoe Riverside parkrun started on 12th November 2016. Since then 2,704 participants have completed 10,317 parkruns covering a total distance of 51,585 km, including 2,388 new Personal Bests.