A wet, windy and muddy 100th parkrun!

This week's run report is written by our latest Banbury parkrunner to reach their 100th parkrun milestone (and their 80th at Banbury) - Congratulations and thanks to Helen KUHN:

Weather report for Saturday 2nd November 2019 was as follows; Light rain showers and a moderate breeze. I feel that the definition of light needs to be addressed as what we ran in today did not feel like light rain to me. I woke up ecstatic as it wasn’t raining. However, this didn’t last long… As I left the house the heavens opened and that was that for the rest of the morning. Luckily Dad had an umbrella so we took a slow wander to the middle of the field to meet the team. 8:35am and there were no runners in sight, a parkrun first! I was hoping that the rugby final and the rain hadn’t put all the runners off their Saturday morning routine, especially as I was tail walking and it was my 100th! Some runners began to congregate and have a chat under their umbrellas. Becky did a great job with her first and very soggy parkrun as run director, even when the microphone decided to make some rather strange noises! Becky did the run brief before everyone lined up and then 3,2,1 we were off. It was like Bambi on mud before we had even got to the path. There were lots of muddy puddles on the way around and lots of mud. It was a shame we didn’t have the ‘normal’ parkrun atmosphere today, I am blaming the weather and the rugby but it was so nice catching up with people. Another parkrun first (I think) was seeing Martin West run in hat, trousers and a long top!!

What does parkrun mean to me?

I only got into the parkrun family when my fiancée was training for a wolf run. When she had done that, she stopped going, I continued and roped dad into it. I haven’t looked back and when I don’t run on a Saturday, it doesn’t feel right! I have met some lovely friends through the parkrun and now class them as my parkrun family. I have been a tourist at many different parkruns, my furthest being Lyme Park where I roped the soon to be father in law to go round with me. Lyme Park was a killer and one people must do if they get a chance. It really isn’t a Saturday without a parkrun!!

And now for the stats:
This week 100 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Claire UPTON • Sara LONG • Emmanuel HERAUD • Heather FINNIGAN • Sera RELTON • Becky ROGERS • Sadie JONES • Martin KUHN • Helen KUHN • Caz STOKES • Fabienne GORDON-CUMMING • Stuart HADEN • Barbara BARDECKA • Kim HOPKINSON • Kathy WILCOCK • Jack EATON • Stan MORGAN • Jon POULTON • Paul WILCOCK • Tan BEDWARD • Ellen MORGAN • Kate R • Poppy MCVAIL • Faith PADBURY • Emilia GREENWAY

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Banbury parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Ian KIMPTON who recorded a time of 16:30 on 4th April 2015 (event number 27).
The female record is held by Amelia PETTITT who recorded a time of 18:07 on 20th June 2015 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Lilian CARPENTER who recorded 87.73% (28:40) on 29th June 2019 (event number 243).

Banbury parkrun started on 27th September 2014. Since then 6,952 participants have completed 51,780 parkruns covering a total distance of 258,900 km, including 8,993 new Personal Bests. A total of 722 individuals have volunteered 5,482 times.