The morning after the night before

Basingstoke parkrun 591, 8th June 2019, Run Report by Cerys Byrne

Friday night was a horrible blustery, rainy affair which resulted in our lowest attendance since New Year's Day and was only the third time this year that numbers have been below 500.  However, 462 runners and 46 volunteers gathered in the park for the weekly 5K run.  Although the weather had been horrible overnight, and there was a biting wind on the field at the start, the sun came out and made for very pleasant running conditions.

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Run Director Paul Moulton did an excellent job, despite having thought he was supposed to be undertaking this role next week and only being told half an hour before the start that he was actually on the roster for this week!

Noteable this week were PBs for 62 runners, including the first finisher Mike Wheeler, who took 50 seconds off his previous PB from March 2017.  Mike achieved his first first-finisher place at Basingstoke and, on past performance, we look forward to seeing him back in Basingstoke in 2021 with another PB ending with the number 7

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There were 19 first time parkrunners today, including graduates from the Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletic Club's C25K course, congratulations to them and we hope to see them back in the park soon.  There were also 14 first time tourists.

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Celebrating milestones this week were Marti McCallum, Stuart Freeman and Veeramoni Sankar, who completed their 50th runs, Philip Norris, Paul Streeter and Andrew Toal ran their 100th runs and Richard Pickard reached the dizzy heights of 250 runs.  There was also an unofficial milestone for Dee Barrett who ran her 150th parkrun.

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parkrun really is for everybody, this week there were 9 runners were aged 10 or under, and that doesn't count those in pushchairs or slings; 23 were aged between 11 & 19;  60 were in their 20s; 80 in their 30s; the largest age group is those in their 40s, of which there were 129; 105 runners were aged 50 - 59; 22 were in their 60s and there were 11 runners in their 70s.   There were 306 registered male runners and 152 registered female runners and 25 runners without barcodes who will hopefully remember to bring them with them next time.

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Finally, thanks as always to our volunteers, without whom parkrun could not go ahead.  If you've done a few runs and fancy seeing parkrun from a different angle please do contact the volunteer coordinator at basingstokehelpers@parkrun.com, if every runner volunteered twice a year we would always have a full roster and don't forget that we meet for coffee every week after the run in Cafe Giardino in Festival Place.

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