First of all thank you to all the amazing volunteers who woke up early instead of sleeping comfortably in their homes to come and support the running of parkrun today!
Waking up this morning was no different to every Saturday. (Very early). Before leaving it was foggy and the ground was wet however I didn't want to have to drag a coat around with me for the whole 1 and a half hours. Annoyingly a "responsible mother" made me. (Which sucks). Anyways on arrival we could just about make out army people (they were hard to see in their camouflage!) and after parking and making our way to the field we saw tents where we normally would set up shop.
"Bill did you get an email about parkrun being cancelled?" (Ps very responsible mother)
"Not that I saw mum!"
"Don't worry, I see them over there!"
I was going to be a Marshal today. However, before the race started my mum and I were asked to direct runners to the new location which was a right turn from the car park not a left. For me this was awkward as it would sound a bit funny that there were army tents shut up in our usual spot but the location of the briefing wasn’t obvious! Also some people I told were turning left because they were going to use the traffic lights. So yeah one of those mornings!
Sadly this meant I missed the open briefing and I can't really tell you about our visitors from all over the globe and our milestone runners who have each individually run a large and impressive amount of runs at parkrun, but these have been added by the Rushmoor Core Team below.
Onto the run and groups of army people were leaving the field by crossing over a place where the runners would be running. (We also had the move the start line too). But we didn't have any problems with the army folk as we worked very well around each other.
After the run was over and our hands were numb from clapping, we quickly said our goodbyes and got home (where it was warm).
Despite the weather, the course wasn't too dangerous (except for the crazy dancing mum near me). The weather was cool and for running that can sometimes be a very good thing as you won't burn and boil in your own sweat (ew) Also, there was a lovely stash of conkers, which is every child's favourite toy. Luckily, no one was hurt on them (as far as I knew) and they acted as great ammunition for throwing at parents!
Overall, today was a great run despite the icy hands. The autumn trees were a sweet crispy brown and everyone was smiling. The course was in a fair condition and no one got hurt majorly.
Right. I'm off to play video games in my warm house!
See all of you next week!
For the record we welcomed visitors this week from as far afield as Newcastle and Durham as well as South Africa and even Dulwich! Remember, it’s a run not a race but the first person home in today’s run was James Wallace in a time of 17:40, followed by Marcus Irving and Lauren Hall who was the first female finisher in 18:31.
Finally, a note from all of us to once again thank Major Nyman, Capt Prakash and The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment for allowing this weeks run to take place at the same time as their event, and even supporting us on our way around the course.
And now the stats:
This week 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:
Dominic WAKE • Carl WEBB • Livi WAKE • Jo WAKE • Alexander John RADFORD • Linda RADFORD • Tom BARTON • Sam RUFFLE • Deborah HEIGHES • Clem FEENEY • Craig WARD • Isobel TAYLOR • Stephanie RADFORD • Kathryn RADFORD • Paul HURFORD • Tilly WAKE • Donna CHAPLIN • Louisa ENRIQUEZ • Casey Ann CAMP • Alex MARGILEWSKI • Shireen WALKER • Mark RANOLA • Ian CROLL • Elle GAME • Lucy TAYLOR • Henry CHAPLIN • James EWING • Andrew CROW • Catherine KENNEDY • Paul COWAN • William MCLEOD • Debra MCLEOD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rushmoor parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lauren HALL who recorded a time of 17:29 on 24th December 2016 (event number 130).
The male record is held by Chris PARR who recorded a time of 15:22 on 14th October 2017 (event number 169).
The Age Grade course record is held by Austin SOANE who recorded 91.24% (17:53) on 11th June 2016 (event number 104).
Rushmoor parkrun started on 3rd May 2014. Since then 8,744 participants have completed 59,923 parkruns covering a total distance of 299,615 km, including 10,981 new Personal Bests.