Well, if you thought it was wet for the run, you should have seen the park when we left. Slightly slower than usual due to a few issues in the results, but the paths were flooded as we left in torrential rain.
A huge well done and thanks to Matthew Tobin who earned his V25 t-shirt with his 25th volunteer stint this week, and he's only ran on 26 occasions.
Also Catherine Fearnley earned her 50 club t-shirt whilst Sophie Redmond earned her junior 10 club t-shirt. Sorry, but still waiting on more information as to when the club t-shirts will be available to wear though. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
Speaking of the V25 club, this week we had 23 volunteers of which 13 have already earned these prestigious t-shirts. That's 13 people volunteering this week who have volunteered at more than 25% of our events to date and not all of our v25 club members were with us! This obviously shows that our regular volunteers, such as Bob Fairhurst, really enjoy what they do, but it does also show we need some new volunteers on the team, please! So a huge thank you to Shaun Simpson who joined us as a first time volunteer this week. I'm sure you all know what to do to volunteer - just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org saying a date (or dates!) and I'll take care of the rest.
Even with the heavy rain we still had 24 first time park runners braving it and 8 first time tourists, including Garry Fenley and friends from Cheltenham who sent a kind email thanking the volunteers: "We all thought it was a lovely course and all did good times (for us at least). We were impressed by the friendliness and efficiency of everyone there." There were also lots of kind words on Facebook after the run - obviously a few people really thankful to the marshals who'd stood in the rain.
Special mention to Jean Mitchell of Skelmersdale Boundary Harriers who joined us for her 91st parkrun and finished 91st.
Lastly, I have been made aware that the toilets have been out of order before the run for the last few weeks. This has been passed up to the council and hopefully we'll see them back in use soon.
This week 309 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
Keith LUNT • Mike LEATHERBARROW • Katie MAWDSLEY • Sarah LUNT • Helen HIBLE • Mari DYSON • Simon TOBIN • Matthew TOBIN • Paula TOBIN • Liza SMALLMAN • Tricia TABRON • Paul HILL • Sophie HEPPLE • Ed UNWIN • Lola JIMENEZ • Anna HEYES • Alex SMITH • Sophie REDFORD • Vernon YULE • Bob FAIRHURST • Freya BECKHAM • Shaun SIMPSON • Matthew PORTER
Southport parkrun started on 11th June 2016. Since then 4,081 participants have completed 26,270 parkruns covering a total distance of 131,350 km, including 5,673 new Personal Bests.