Saturday was billed by parkrun as "International Day" in celebration of the 14th anniversary of the first parkrun, and the Reigate regulars responded resoundingly. We spotted a Welsh dragon flag and a pair of socks embroidered with "Norway".
Run Director Paul Chandler once again commanded the weather to remain dry until everyone had safely finished and retired to the cafe, although the wind was a little gusty, playing havoc with the finish tokens on the peg board, and encouraging the sweet chestnuts to drop on unsuspecting passers-by.
The weather threat did not deter parkrunners who exceeded last week's hefty total with a cracking 347 finishers. This caused a moment of mild panic among the Finish Token team as the tokens are held in stacks of 50 and they had to blow the dust off the 350-400 set just in case. Maybe next week?
We again welcomed a sizeable number of first timers, (and even more pleasingly the return of many of last week's first timers) and tourists from all corners of Britain including North Wales, Canterbury and Edinburgh.
We also welcomed Adrien, a volunteer parkrun ambassador from Eastbourne who visits many parkruns in the region to ensure there is a consistent level of safety, quality and fun across parkruns, as well as checking out first hand the variety in terrain and contours. Adrien only needs 3 more finishes to reach 300 parkruns!
We celebrated a couple of milestones in Paul's briefing - Jeremy Harvey-Smith (50 parkruns) and Marian Smith (50). But several people slipped under the radar, including Paul Tyce (100), Nicole Airey (first lady finisher) (250), and Duncan Mallison (350). Congratulations to all.
Last week's Run 237 will go down in history as the one where we did not lose a single finish token. Not so good this week where 3 have gone missing. A small consolation was that 2 missing from previous weeks were returned on Saturday - please do bring them back if you find any!
This week 347 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 78 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 25 brilliant volunteers (why not get your name here?):
Andrew PATRICK • Paul CHANDLER • Paul DALEY • Nicola HEATH • Tracey JESSUP • Hugo Thomas LEWIS • Stephen LEWIS • Gill MCMASTER • Mike WILLIAMS • Victoria BROOKS • Moray CAREY • Andrew BAMFORD • Bruce MASCALL • Gareth HODGSON • Barbara MCLAUGHLAN • Adrian GRANT • Ian ADLAM • Clare BOOTHE • Alex HEFFER • Colin SMITH • Nicholas R LEWIS • Jo SMITH • Richard SOUTH • Martin CROUCH • Natalie LANSLEY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Reigate Priory parkrun Results Page. (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/reigatepriory)
Just to finish, a quick reminder that Reigate Priory parkrun has a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. Please do follow them both and you will miss nothing about the event:
Reigate Priory parkrun started on 22nd March 2014. Since then 7,760 participants have completed 47,927 parkruns covering a total distance of 239,635 km, including 9,529 new Personal Bests.