By Andrew BROWN
Another sunny morning brought out 412 runners and walkers to the ever vibrant Salisbury parkrun. Support is never lacking here but on days like this you almost get a carnival atmosphere with the loud rattles and shouts from the marshals in the beautiful green surroundings of Churchill Gardens.
After a succession of Pink and Blue runs in support of the Women and Men’s Race For Life I almost felt like I was missing a reason to run ! ...but do we need a reason?
For me, it was always about trying to re-attain a bit of lost youth, lose a bit of gained weight and to escape the confines of a gym which just felt claustrophobic. Later, it was about getting faster and picking up some medals ( never positional though ! ) .. and then I discovered parkrun.
parkrun brought a time trial , running against ones self, T Shirts and milestones ... and later a realisation that volunteering is both vital and fun.
So here am I some years down the line. Fitter ( but older, no escaping that ) lighter, a shelf full of medals and a couple of very nice Red and Purple parkrun milestone T shirts ... and with a nice target of that lovely black 100 run looming !
So, what did I do this Saturday? Well I don’t know ! I FORGOT MY BARCODE ! Ah well, there’s always next week.
This week 412 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 92 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:
Jon GREENHALGH • Elly MILLS • Jef HUTCHBY • Rebecca LOCKWOOD • John SOWRAY • Lisa MILNER • Andrew INGLETON • Nick HUDSON • Clare CLIFFORD • Fynn LOCKWOOD • Elisabeth CLIFFORD • Andrew BROWN • Christine ROMANO • Helen SANDERSON • Rachel WILKINSON • Alex COLE • Colin MARTIN • Petra OYSTON • Lois FINCH • Nathanael OSTLER • Alexandra RICHARDS • Sarah Grace FINCH • Jessica RICHARDS • David HOPKINSON • Anne NORMAN • Lorna WILSON • Jason RIFAT • Vicky ROBINSON • Jasper ROBINSON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Salisbury parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Adrian MUSSETT who recorded a time of 15:23 on 8th August 2015 (event number 10).
The female record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded a time of 16:56 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Beatrice WOOD who recorded 92.81% (16:56) on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
Salisbury parkrun started on 6th June 2015. Since then 7,350 participants have completed 56,005 parkruns covering a total distance of 280,025 km, including 11,519 new Personal Bests.