The New Year's resolutions continued well into week 2 with another impressive turn out at Winchester. A new record of 465 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and an impressive 75 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The Stubbington 10k on Sunday saw a few familiar faces donning the volunteer vest to give the legs a rest before race day. With temperatures into double figures, the rain holding off & the ground just about dry under foot it was a lovely morning for running. Before the start a quick group picture & a reminder that the King Alfred pub is now open for breakfast from 9am on a Saturday.
And then we were off ….
As always the support of the many marshals spurred the entire field on & it wasn’t long before lap 1 became lap 2 and then finish. Well done to the first male and female participant - Marley Godden from Medway & Maidstone Athletic club finished in 17:01 & Tamsin Simmonds clocking 18:49. Both newcomers to the Winchester course!
A special mention to Sarah Dennison who managed a new PB of 24:39 on her 281st park run…wow!
And big congratulations to those of all abilities who pushed themselves on to run, jog, push or walk the course. Whatever your level, it is without doubt the perfect way to start the weekend.
Of course none of this fun would be possible without the small army of volunteers. This week 29 people helped out. A big thank you to:
Sarah ALDRIDGE • Kevin FRISBY • Glenna GREENSLADE • David GREENSLADE • Stephen LOWY • Richard SPALDING • Ann STANHOPE • Len BURGIN • Debbie INGHAM • Sean LOCKE • Mike HASTIE • Sheila SWEENEY • Justin BROOKING • Gordon WESTLEY • Lynn MCKEAGUE • Andrew TAYLOR • Patricia HEATON • Janet HAUGHTON • Nikki AYRISS • Adrian OWEN • John SWEENEY • Isabelle DARLINGTON • John GRIFFIN • Tom LAESSING • Colin SCOTT • Catherine LOCK • Michael S HOLLIS • Chris TRAYLER • Matt JONES.
Speaking as a recent volunteer convert I can thoroughly recommend it. Lots of different roles, none of which are tricky or take up too much time & some even allow you to run as well. Next time you’re not running why not help out? We are always keen to welcome new volunteers. Opt in to the Volunteer Email in your parkrun profile or send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
See you next week!