It’s been very cool runnings here at Southwick since our last report at the start of February with some challenging conditions typical for the season. Biting winds, pouring rain and slippery surfaces are the norm and all bring their own challenges, not just for our parkrunners but for our volunteers too. Bearing this in mind, we once again say a big thank you to our volunteers who turn out week in week out battling whatever conditions lay in front of them to ensure you get your run. If you haven’t volunteered yet please get involved to help everyone get a chance to have a run. It’s easy, just talk to one of our core team for details and we’ll find you an event day job you’ll enjoy. You can even have a go at writing this report if you fancy it. It would be great to have a bank of writers to summarise our events for our readers pleasure rather than just one writer. Volunteering is very satisfying and helping just 2 or 3 times a year means the load is spread fairly across our Southwick parkrun family.
We’re still attracting good numbers to Southwick despite the time of year, with over 1100 participants during February. We’re seeing plenty of first timers, be they new starters or parkrun tourists and we’ve been pleased to welcome over 150 to Southwick during the month. Our events have proved to be pretty competitive too with around 130 PB times being recorded across the spectrum and at the front it’s been competitive too.
Whilst there have been many performances throughout the field, it has been amazing to see experienced MV55 runner Guy Woods giving the youngsters a run for their money and putting in performances with WAVA ratings in the high 80% bracket, something to really aspire to emulate. He certainly brought out the very best in our first finisher Tommy Davies last week as Guy was just a mere 10 seconds behind Tommy’s time of 17:29, which was a new PB for him.
Though it was too late to include it our last report, we’d like to congratulate our parkrunner of the month for January, Tim Donovan. Tim’s a Southwick stalwart, completing 116 parkruns, all at our event. The core team chose Luke Bridgwater as parkrunner of the month for February, many congratulations to him too.
Finally, good luck to all our parkrunners taking part at Bath Half on Sunday. We can’t wait to hear about your run next week.