8th Birthday Run report

Run report – Andover Parkrun #433
Happy 8th Birthday Andover Parkrun
What an honour it is, to write my first run report on Andover's birthday; I hope I don’t let you down as the bar has been set very high!
Well there ain’t no party like a parkrun party. Thank you to those who celebrated in true party style by dressing up for the occasion. The person dressed as a shaggy dog must have been pleased that the temperature was slightly cooler today , running in that costume!
So Andover Parkrun started 8 years ago today. Thank goodness that it did because it has brought so much to our local community over the years. Dame Kelly Holmes echoed that in the BBC programme “The Power of Parkrun" on Monday night when she emphasised the positive effects of Parkrun on people's mental wellbeing as well as the physical benefits. Andover has always been so welcoming, whether you are 10 years old or 95, or run it in 17 mins or walk it in an hour. Parkrun is for everyone and certainly becomes a way of life every Saturday at 9am. I personally wouldn't be without it now.
Andover Parkrun now attracts considerably more people than it did back in 2011, when around 100 people would turn up every week. In the 432 events, 8,789 people have pounded around Charlton Lakes and there have been weeks where over 400 pairs of feet have completed our two lap course.
So today the birthday 2019 honours were as follows:
Volunteers of the year: Bas Jacobs and Colin Stokes
Junior volunteer of the year: Rebekah Searle
Parkrunners of the year: Becky and Charlie McCoy
Junior parkrunner of the year: Toby Brawn
Today, 391 people walked, ran or jogged the course. The rain that had been threatening us all week held off and it was much cooler than the past few very hot Saturdays (although the sun did make an appearance). This must have helped 38 of you to achieve PBs this week – well done to you.
Andover welcomed 29 first timers this week. We hope that it is your first parkrun of many. Before you know it, you'll be reaching a milestone like these did today. Congratulations to Jo Craggs (250), Roger Bertram (100), Kate Finlayson (50) and Grace Davis (10). We look forward to seeing you wearing your milestone t-shirts soon. A special mention also goes to Rosie Davies who visited the Andover course today before her own 2pm wedding!
And last but by no means least, special thanks to the 27 volunteers that made today happen: (infact where would we be without these very special people cheering us on, setting up the course, processing the results, scanning barcodes etc?):
Ian BEVERIDGE, Wendy BEVERIDGE, Zacharius BURTON, Karen BURTON, David CLEGHORN, Jennie COOK, Graham COOK, Ann EGGINGTON, Simon EGGINGTON, Julia FITZPATRICK, Jez HOLMAN, Bas JACOBS, Paris JONATHAN, Lewis JONES, Julie KALTON, Maurice KING, Amelie OTHMAN, Rebekah SEARLE, Jack SEARLE, Colin STOKES, Matthew THOMAS, Ruaridh THOMSON EASTER, Carolyn THOMSON EASTER, Kathleen WEYERS, Harper WILLIAMSON, Craig WILLIAMSON, Lorraine WOODTHORPE
Enjoy your week and see you next Saturday (unless you're on holiday nowhere near a parkrun like me – I won’t make that mistake again!)
Julia