Our 60th parkrun and the first one of 2018 saw our numbers swelled on account of a couple of local cancellations. Despite the recent rainfall and the freezing temperatures our event went ahead as usual and twice as many runners turned up this as week as did for the final run of 2017.
Nineteen people were running at Wotton for the first time including four complete newcomers to the joys of parkrun. We laid on all the mud and ice we could find, plus a frozen puddle the size of a decent bedroom, but it wasn't enough to deter everyone from having a great time. Ten runners even clocked up their fastest ever completions at Wotton.
One of the great successes of parkrun is its ability to bring together such a diverse collection of participants. This week we had two DofE volunteers doing the scanning (thank you Chris and Charlotte), an under-10, Safia completing her first parkrun and 81 year-old John HIERON marshalling up on turn 2, which he had festooned with birthday banners to welcome David FITZJOHN, one of our regular Run Directors and great stalwart, into a new age category!!
We had a fantastic turnout of volunteers despite the conditions so a huge thank-you to all of them for making this event possible. They were: Terry COTHER, Jadie COTTERELL, Charlotte DOVER, Pauline DRAISEY, Dave DRAISEY, Pete DUNN, Ann FITZJOHN, David FITZJOHN, Graeme FITZJOHN, Rachael GOATMAN, Diana GORE, John HIERON, Julie JENNER, Carl JENNER, Fr Chris KINCH, Andy KIRKUP, Oliver NORRIS, Christopher SLUMAN, Garry STRICKLAND, Tracey STRICKLAND, Scott THOMAS, Neil TRUELOVE, Jonathan TUDOR, Jennifer WILKINS
We look forward to welcoming you all to Wotton Community Parc again next week.