Well, I have to say, that was a bit of shock. First time back at the park this week as I missed the restart, and it was a bit of an effort to remember what I was supposed to do.
Fortunately, there was a great team of volunteers around to help with the set up and getting ready. Without them Iwould have been completely lost. It was absolutely brilliant to see everyone gathering, so many familiar faces, a bit like meeting up with distant family (even in so far as sometimes getting names wrong, sorry David, Doh!!).
There was so much going on this week, with a bigger, more normal turnout, still trying to remember to be covid safe - longer funnel, sanitiser, just using the app. It felt so familiar, but also a bit weird.
We also had some special guests as parkrun this week featured as park of the Elstree and Borehamwood festival. We have the town Mayor, the mayors secretary and the council's Events manager attending. I spent a long time chatting to the Mayor, trying to explain and highlight the work of parkrun in supporting getting active to support physical health and mental wellbeing. At the end of the event, that Mayor thanked us all for the work we do, for inviting her and also described the experience as an "eye opener". Runners were rewarded with some free water and some sweet treats at the end of the run as a celebration as part of the festival.
You can find more details on the festival and the events planned up to the 7th August here.
Soon after the start, normailty was restored for me, as I saw Lottie doing her "usual" job of putting out the cones, though I am sure she is about a metre taller than last time I saw her do that. This has to be the best part of being involved in paqrkrun - seeing people grow and develop, with Lottie being a regular volunteer (with Mum and Dad!) and now progressing to scanning on here own with her own smartphone (and Isuspect secretly helping Dad understand how to do it). Brilliant.
I also managed to catch up with regular Simone, our 1st lady finisher this week - great to see her again - and she had the presence of mind to capture some snaps of the group at the start, and some of the lake. Thanks Simone, great to see you and thanks for sharing the pictures.
Despite all of the (mild) panic and the newness of some of the rules, everything went really well, and great to see the smiles, pain and elation (at the finish) of the runners. We managed to get the results out pretty quickly, using the new "upload"mechanism, and got them published while we enjoyed a breakfast and coffee at Rhustic Rhubarb.
It does feel like "normaility" is slowly being restored. Let's hope it continues that way.
Here is a link to all the photos I collected from today:
The full results are here.
Here are this week's stats:
This week 108 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Tracy DERRY • Simon TOWNSEND • David EVANS • Adam SEARLE • Alan WINN • Carol KEENAN • Thomas HOOPER • Bronya PHILLIPS • Neil MICHAELOUDIS • Emmanuelle BENTLEY-SANDERS • Marian RASTELLI • Lottie BARROW-WINN • Martin LANGSTON • Corrine WELLER • Sally PALMER • Kaitlin SEARLE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aldenham parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Stacey Lee Naomi WARD who recorded a time of 18:55 on 14th October 2017 (event number 122).
The male record is held by Richard GOODMAN who recorded a time of 15:45 on 21st July 2018 (event number 161).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul REDDAWAY who recorded 85.18% (18:40) on 1st June 2019 (event number 206).
Aldenham parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 4,821 participants have completed 22,373 parkruns covering a total distance of 111,865 km, including 3,788 new Personal Bests. A total of 401 individuals have volunteered 2,795 times.