Andover parkrun #441 – 14 September 2019
What a lovely Saturday for a parkrun. 359 of you joined us in the surprising September sunshine for the two-lap run, jog or walk around Charlton Lakes. The conditions were almost perfect if it hadn’t had been so hot by the end! There was little breeze and the rain that had been out in force earlier in the week, fortunately stayed away. Congratulations to Mike Webber, who came in first for the first time in 18:34 and Abi Woolaston who was first female in 19:01.
We were joined by a number of tourists from Chichester, Harlow, Salisbury and Norwich and 29 first timers. Welcome to Andover parkrun and we hope to see you again soon. Having touristed elsewhere, believe me when I tell you that Andover is one of the best parkruns around. We are fortunate that we do not have things called hills incorporated into our 5k, like some others.
Even though it was warm, 54 of you achieved PBs (personal bests). Special congratulations to 12 year old Joshua Rodwell who earned his 50 parkrun milestone t-shirt. Thank you to his family who provided us with fruit and cakes afterwards to celebrate his achievement. It was a pleasure to chat to Joshua’s Dad to find out about the positive impact that parkrun has had on their family life and how much Joshua enjoys it. Having a child of the same age myself who can’t get up in time for parkrun, I take my hats off to all children who participate week in week out.
Talking of children, it was particularly noticeable this week how many children were assisting with the volunteering. All of them were greeting the parkrunners with smiles, hi-fives and words of encouragement, which is always very much appreciated (especially when you feel like you are flagging). Rebekah Searle, was one of them who yesterday celebrated her 50th volunteering stint. Special thanks to all of our 26 volunteers: Ian BEVERIDGE, Zacharius BURTON, David CLEGHORN, Graham COOK, Alice CORNEY, Andrea DASHWOOD, Christopher EDWARDS, Ann EGGINGTON, Simon EGGINGTON, Julia FITZPATRICK, Jayne FLEMING, Emmeline FRYER, Oliver FRYER, Bas JACOBS, Paris JONATHAN, Karen KILWORTH, Claire MCGILVRAY, Anna MCGILVRAY, Amelie OTHMAN, Jack SEARLE, Raymond SEARLE, Christina SEARLE, Rebekah SEARLE, Kelly STOKES, Colin STOKES, Shaun WILDGOOSE. If you would like to volunteer at a future parkrun, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. New volunteers are always welcome and training is provided.
There are many parkrunners who have milestones coming up next weekend so we look forward to seeing you and everyone else next parkrun day, formerly known as Saturday.
Have a good week.