Just when we thought our parkrunner and walkers numbers were settling around the 170 mark in the run up to Christmas, we saw 315 runners and walkers join us in Collett Park for the 38th Shepton Mallet parkrun. Whether this is due to New Year's resolutions or if it was due to the parkrun featuring in the Shepton Mallet journal is difficult to say. It is amazing that so many people are turning up and giving it a go, especially after hearing on the bush telegraph that Shepton Mallet parkrun is a friendly and supportive event and hearing that some participants are walking the whole course without being pressurised.
With 315 people taking part it does make the out and back section of the course on the cycle path up to say hello to Joan the cone very congested. We cleared the mud to enable everyone to be able to use the full width of the path and we put down soft cones to mark the centre of the path. We must at this point kindly remind everyone that the general public have priority in the park and on the cycle path, so can we please encourage all to keep in single file along this section so that overtaking is an option to the whole field.
On a positive note the duck caller used by our Stalwart volunteer Gill King at Duck drop is entertaining all the runners and walkers as much as it seems to be entertaining Gill.
We had Robert Adams a first timer at Shepton Mallet and a parkrunner from Yeovil reached his 50th event with us. Junior parkrunners Isabel Lavender and Thomas Manship reached their 10th event. A huge well done to them.
This week we had 48 Personal bests, 65 first timers and 14 different clubs.
Hat of the week – Warm woolly hat
Song of the week – Can the Can(ard) – Suzi Quatro