Thank you to Jane Colbeck-McKinnon for writing this week's Run Report for us.
A week ago we celebrated Witney parkrun’s first birthday party….did you see all that cake? Here we were a week later for Witney parkrun’s 50th event. To celebrate we asked you to turn up in red as the colour of the milestone t-shirt for runners reaching the big Five O and thank you for obliging.
It’s been a week of wind, rain and more wind thank you to Storm Gareth, the course was suitably wet, muddy and slippery but did it stop anyone turning up? Not a chance, it takes far more than a chill wind and a muddy slope to keep a parkrunner at home. I’m going to use a bit of a link to Pooh Bear; yesterday's wind would have had Piglet’s ears streaming out behind him like banners and Eeyore would have gloomily declared it to be a ‘very blustery day’, but it didn’t stop the 222 of you who came in a sea of red and ran, walked, skipped and smiled your way round. Apparently Storm Hannah is just around the corner so lets see what she has in store for next Saturday’s event.
So back to the 50th run, the briefing was given by today’s Run Director Jody who got us underway into all that glorious mud at 9am. A big shout out to 4 year old Alice who made it the whole way round her 5th parkrun this morning, that is serious going for one so young. I hope you all saw Ted the dog modelling his beautiful apricot parkrun neckerchief, very smart indeed, but with all that mud it is going to need a good wash for next week.
I hope you also saw the beautiful parkrun cake made by Linda, one of today’s runners? Delicious. We do love a post run cake!
I took the advantage of partaking today at a more leisurely pace, it was lovely to just meander around the course with Gill, nattering as we went and appreciating our very beautiful and varied parkrun. I strongly recommend trying it without worrying about a PB for once.
A big thank you to the hi-vis heroes who volunteered this week, if you fancy volunteering just drop us a line, it’s a great way to experience parkrun from a different angle…..on the subject of different angles we hope the temporary relocation of the barcode scanning team didn’t confuse you! Weather permitting they will be back in their usual positions for next week.
Did you see the Meet The Witney Team Facebook posts? You have to agree they are a very inspiring bunch who worked so hard with the local community to put Witney on the parkrun map. They are responsible for giving a purpose to Saturday mornings, but it takes you, the parkrunner to also make it happen so a big thank you to all of you, regardless of the weather you oblige in your hoards to turn up and give it your everything.
This week 222 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:
Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Kevin HENNESSY • Allison MAYBREY • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Edward REEVE • Jack REEVE • Chris JONES • George SOANES • John ABRAMS • Lee VANSTONE • Ben ALLAN • Punam OWENS • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Lisa ROLEFSON • Trish DAVIES • Suzanne BARTINGTON • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Chris GARDENER • Courtney SMITH • Matthew SMITH • Jane COLBECK-MCKINNON • Skye MCKINNON • Ann WILSON • Archie ALLAN • Julia LAWLEY • Jack HAHN HENNESSY • Peter ROSE • Owen EDWARDS • Ally JONES
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Witney parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Emily HUTCHINSON who recorded a time of 19:37 on 21st July 2018 (event number 16).
The male record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded a time of 17:04 on 8th September 2018 (event number 23).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tegid JONES who recorded 81.15% (17:04) on 8th September 2018 (event number 23).
Witney parkrun started on 10th March 2018. Since then 3,148 participants have completed 11,293 parkruns covering a total distance of 56,465 km, including 2,533 new Personal Bests. A total of 310 individuals have volunteered 1,492 times.