After a month of parkruns named after storms in the wind and rain, it was great to have conditions more suited to running. The course had taken on a lot of water in that time and needed resting in places. 352 of you were the first to run, jog or walk our new route consisting of a shorter first lap, followed by a longer second with a trip to the barrier and back. This route should take away the worst of the mud, a bit more tarmac, and more opportunities to see and encourage fellow runners and friends. It was great to receive so many positive comments afterwards and we aim to keep this route for the near future and as always will be monitoring the course.
For 31 of you the new route and better conditions helped achieve your fastest time at Andover, well done all of you. Without the long slog up the far side of the field a lot of comments said the route felt shorter, thats great but i can assure everyone it is exactly 5 km as i walked it twice with a measuring wheel in the week.
This weekend parkrun joined with This Girl Can to celebrate International Womens Day. This was another opportunity to bring a colleague, friend or family member along to parkrun. Welcome to 31 new runners to Andover parkrun especially 12 of you who made this week your first ever parkrun. We welcome first timers every week and always have a first timers brief, so if you couldnt make this week there is always next week.
Congratulations to James Baker and Peter Lock on reaching 50 parkruns and earning the red milestone t-shirt, and Kirsty North on 250 parkruns earning the coveted green milestone t-shirt, a great achievement.
It was fantastic to see so many new milestone t-shirts being worn with pride at this months photo.
I left the best to last so thank you to our amazing team of volunteers, all 28 of you not only did an amazing job but help create that friendly supportive atmosphere we love at Andover. You can volunteer at any age, 9 of this weeks volunteers are at school and all were brilliant. Under 11s do need to be accompanied by an adult. If you would like to give it a go check the roster at www.parkrun.org.uk/andover/futureroster and send us a message when and what you would like to do at firstname.lastname@example.org or our facebook page.
Enjoy your week