01 January 2018, by Sue Fitton
Happy New Year 2018 from Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun!
This morning, 329 runners and several more volunteers ignored their hangovers to gather at the Stratford Rec just before 9am. After several weeks recently when the weather had thwarted three weather-related attempts to hold an event, including two day's previously, the flood waters had receded just enough to allow a New Year’s Day parkrun to go ahead. Mind you, this did lead to a slightly strange warning in the pre-brief – “all under 11s please stick with an adult or the swans may eat you!”
The chilly but dry conditions resulted in some speedy times, and everyone was done within 45 minutes. The fast times may have also been encouraged by those who were keen to head up the road to Leamington to “do the double”, around 140 people did this, including the Run Director who was spotted abandoning his blue vest and racing to his car as soon as the last runners/joggers were home! This did lead to some angst for the car park marshals, however, who were trying to ensure that no parkrunners were squashed by the mass car exodus! Bertie, however, wasn’t fazed by this:
An assortment of outfits graced the course including tutus and New Year Headbands – very festive. 22 people started the New Year with a new PB – congratulations! 102 runners were at Stratford for the first time, including 9 people running their first ever parkruns – welcome, and we hope to see you all again soon.
The following milestones were also celebrated today:
Samuel YOUNG was running his 10th Parkrun and Annabelle GREENWAY, Jennifer MCCORMICK and John CHERRY were running their 50th. Natalie DELLAR ran her 200th before heading off to Leamington for her 201st.
The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:
Jason JACKSON-DOYLE jnr • Ruth CALDERBANK • Natalie DELLAR • Stella TOLHURST • Simon TEALE • Angela COX • Sue TEALE • Darren MANSELL • Rachel GOULD • Simon PIPE • Beverley BRIGDEN • John WADE • Wendy WOODHOUSE • Flora PIPE • Paul HODGES • Hannah STENNING • Sharon HARCOURT • Daniella APAGYI • Harry TEALE HOWAT • James BAKER • Sarah GRIFFITHS • Sarah STIRMAN • Dillon PATEL • Rachael GREEN • Sue FITTON • Sylvia MORRIS
- Josh Newman (17:30)
- Leon Foster (17:46)
- Andrew Brian (1748)
- Georgie Campbell (19:11)
- Hollie Web (20:01)
- Kelsey Wiberley (2044)
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
- Eleanor ROBINSON 26:12 VW70-74 84.99 %
- Georgie CAMPBELL 19:11 JW15-17
- Angela COX 25:30 VW65-69 80.72 % (and stayed on to provide emergency volunteering!)
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun Results Page.
We have now standardised on ouyr winter route, devised following teh COucils request to avoid damaging teh lawn opposite the RST. Feedback is mostly good, so we will stay wiht this route untilm the grass foirms up again and/or Boat CLub activity means we must avoid them again!
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