This week marked 6 months since Witney parkrun was born and I was proud to be taking charge on our half year anniversary. As a self-confessed data geek I've had fun tracking our numbers and have pulled together a few highlights for this week's run report:
* 23 events (with 3 being cancelled due to the terrible weather in the Spring, not forgetting the "Beast from the East" causing us to postpone our first week!)
* 1,892 different people cross the Witney parkrun finish line a total of 4,780 times
* 816 people complete their first ever parkrun with us in Witney
* 206 different people volunteer a staggering 682 times to make Witney parkrun possible
Wow, I can't believe the numbers! But what makes Witney parkrun even more fantastic is the variety that has been on show.
Our tree lined course has provided a range of conditions from the soggy quagmires of spring through to the sun-baked cracks we're still seeing now, and we even had snow in week 2!
All ages from 4 year olds all the way up to octogenarians have taken to our course and crossed the line in finishing times ranging from 17 minutes to over an hour.
Among our finishers we've had local doctors, nurses, firemen, police officers, teachers and councillors as well as parkrun "tourists", not only from other Oxfordshire parkruns but as far afield as Australia, Canada and South Africa! The recurring theme amongst all this variety has been the sense of community, full of smiles, that has emerged and is constantly complimented. The walking, jogging and running almost feels to be secondary to the sense of belonging and friendships that are being created and reinforced further with every passing week.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved, directly and indirectly, in our first 6 months. It's been a real team effort including the core team, our local partners and councils, the enthusiastic hi-vis heroes and, last but not least, you wonderful lot of parkrunners. Here's to an equally exciting, but chillier, next 6 months that will start with Sally taking the RD reins next week.
This week 270 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers and 89 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:
Fraser HOWARD • Ian FOWLER • Dan WYMER • Rebecca BOLT • Michael LEWIS • Tamsyn WYMER • Bethany JONES • James FIELD • Sam UPTON • Matthew LOCK • Punam OWENS • Kirsty WEBB • Jody SMITH • Martin CRABB • Lisa ROLEFSON • James CURRAH • Jacqueline HATHAWAY • Jane COLBECK-MCKINNON • Barney HIGGINS • Julia LAWLEY • John HONOUR • Simon OLIVER • Natalie SUTHERLAND • Ruth TROUT • Derek HALL • Ally JONES • Carissa HALL • Lucas GOODGAME
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 1,892 participants have completed 4,780 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,900 km, including 1,291 new Personal Bests.