In an effort to try and get a parkrun off vaguely on time today, I did somewhat rattle through the briefing, and forgot the most important thank you of all. To Sparkles... the cat of two of your mini volunteers today. I had diligently set the alarm with a second louder alarm 5 minutes later, but failed to actually turn it on. Having stayed up past midnight to pinch, punch Paul THRELFALL, I was grateful that Sparkles decided to wake me up at 6:45am precisely and event #71 was only of minutes late rather than a hour or so. Whoops.
Anyway, today marked a brand new season, No, not advent, well yes, but just as importantly, cross country season!! With mud and hills (sorry undulations), it is definitely trail or even XC shoes for the foreseeable future. We did have one faller today, but they were relatively unscathed, and all 43 parkrunners made it round and collected half the course on the back of their legs for their efforts.
First home was Jamie HIGGS, much to the delight of fellow Liverpool fan, Jake THRELFALL, who was one of the barcode scanners. First lady was Harriet KEALY, who will be reminded it is always worth sprinting for the finish line, and she finished a fabulous third overall. Helen MUNT even scored this week’s only PB; awesome work.
barkrun was particularly closely contested this week, with Harry REDDITT edging out Norman PAGE, closely followed home by Stanley GARDNER. Good luck to your parents washing out the course later... photos are welcome!
We welcomed tourists from Newbury and Peterborough today. Both of which are flat courses. Hopefully you have been able to appreciate the merits of reverse flats. If not, we have a nice post run restaurant. And toilets. I seemed to want to tell everyone about the loos today... probably stuck in mum mode!
Special mention must go to Stephen SHEPHERD who completed his first ever parkrun having recently graduated from Ware Joggers’ beginners course. Congratulations, we hope you get the bug, or at least a pair of trail shoes.
Thanks to everyone who helped out today, with special mention to Mike STOCK, who this week won the third place trophy in the HSP community awards for his volunteering at Westmill. If you feel inspired, please get in touch to help out as we cannot do it without you.
Now, I need to dry out! Have a great week, and see you soon.
This week 43 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 1 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Carla BELL • Terry NICHOLS • Jan STOCK • Mike STOCK • Sharon THRELFALL • Robert O'HARA • Isla THRELFALL • Peter KEATS • Peter OFFORD • Elvaaron TYLER • Sarah DOE • Charles BELL • Jake THRELFALL • Acer THRELFALL • Paul THRELFALL • Bailey DOE • Stephen JOHNSON • Max PHILLIPS • Mario HAMM • Ellie BURT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Westmill parkrun Results Page.