Keeping the spirit of parkrun alive…

It was quite the occasion in Banbury this week which saw the inaugural Banbury Junior Garden parkrun take place. The ‘just over’ 100 lap 2km course was carefully marked out with purple chalks. It was amazing for the first event to have a full roster of volunteers; these ranged from a bear bigger than one of the course participants, to unicorns and pugs dressed as rabbits.

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With space limited the course was run with just over 100 laps. A leakage from the paddling pool caused the bigger of the two participants to lose footing on a few occasions but it was nothing compared to the normal mud-fest at Banbury parkrun. The first part of the event seemed to drag but after a quick water break and a more refreshed little runner, the second part went much quicker.

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It was neck and neck for most of the event but young Amelia saved her sprint finish legs for the home straight and pipped mum to the post.

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One of the stand out features of Banbury Junior Garden parkrun is the post event refreshments. As you can see from the photo below, runners and marshals enjoyed a ‘Ritz’ high tea experience for the efforts of the inaugural event going off without any hitches…

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As a family we are missing parkrun and doing this event today reminded us of why we love volunteering and running with all the wonderful people each Saturday at Banbury parkrun. Amelia has missed cheering you all on each week and we are really looking forward to when we can all come together again to run, jog and walk at Spiceball Park.

#stayhome #staysafe

The Russells

And now for the stats:

This week 2 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were first timers. Representatives of 1 club took part.

The event was made possible by 6 volunteers:

Big Bear (marshal) • Pinky Pie (marshal) • Pugsy Bunny (marshal) • Uni the Unicorn (marshal) • Thom RUSSELL (photographer) • Amy RUSSELL (time keeper, race director, run report writer)

The female record is held by Amelia RUSSELL who recorded a time of 43.49 on 19th April 2020 (event number 1).

Banbury Junior parkrun started on Sunday 19th April 2020. The course may or may not go ahead next week depending on whether ALL participants are more willing to follow the strict guidelines of not cutting sections of the course.