So today was a funny day really with lots of reflection, it started off with marshalling at the top of the hill with the very funny Alan McCarthy, along with the endless clapping and words of encouragement we also shared lots of laughter in fact I couldn't think of anyone else to marshal with I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Straight after marshalling I had to call at the bank in St Helens, on leaving the town I was held up by lots of new graduates whom were graduating from the University Centre in St Helens and as I looked at these newly qualified students all clutching their certificates I thought of how we are all graduates of parkrun, swapping our caps and gowns for trainers and running clothes and our certificates for barcodes, and yes just like those we also have our very own pass system, we have our First Class Honours, upper seconds, lower seconds and thirds but more importantly we all graduate from the same place week in week out and should all be just as proud for our great running achievements.
As I approached the Bandstand I followed the ever reliable stalwart Bert who was limping to the Bandstand to again give up his Saturday morning so that we can all run although I'm sure he also gets as much of a thrill out of this as do you as a runner, and not just Bert but all the other marshals who week after week give up their time for your enjoyment, also the Run Directors who work tirelessly to bring parkrun to St Helens every Saturday, in fact there is a vacancy for an extra couple of Run Directors so if you think you have the qualities and skills necessary please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for full details.
As we gathered around the Bandstand before today's run we heard of 13yr old Catherine Ainley doing her 10th parkrun also we had celebrating her 50th parkrun Julie Zdrenka who with a fab time of 25:41 was just 4 seconds outside her PB a great great effort especially with it being so warm this morning, and I'm not sure I could write a report without mentioning our very own Ava Smith celebrating her own (unofficial) 50th parkrun and in true tradition she brought cake
And now down to the Nuts & Bolts of our run, today we saw a magnificent 300 people participate with our leading male in a steady time of 17:14 Matthew Crehan, our leading Lady who came home in a fab time of 21:48 was our very own Chester Marathon heroine Hazel Fairhurst who just seems to go from strength to strength, and our leading junior runner again is Wigan Harriers protégé Joel Pollard in a marvellous time of 21:53, and despite the unseasonably warm weather there was an 33 amazing PB's you should all take a bow.
So it just remains for me to say congratulations to the class of 2017 you did it and once again you're amazing....
This week’s fabulous volunteers were......
Adam HUGHES • Andrew WOLFENDEN • Andy HURST • Anita HALL • Christina JACKSON • David LOCKETT • Eve WINSTANLEY • Frank MCALLISTER • Gill DRILLINGCOURT • Hazel FARLEY • Herbert HOLLAND • Jack HIBBS • John BARR • Kate NICKLIN • Mark HALL • Mark LIPTROT • Mark MOFFATT • Nigel HERBERT • Richard AYLETT • Talia MEHAY • Thomas WILSON • Tom HIBBS • Vicky HEWITT • Vivianne CARVALHO