Written by Michael Stanley
After the stormy weather had forced last week's cancellation, a rather overcast but far less windy morning greeted our 292 parkrunners for event number 252. Numbers were a little down than previously, in part due to some of the regular runners resting ahead of the popular Two Tunnels events on the Sunday and also a new parkrun starting in Frome at the Old Show field. We wish our new neighbours well and it is great to see parkrun continue to expand.
We were able to welcome 14 newcomers to parkrun so we trust you all enjoyed it and will return soon. We were also blessed with a further 52 parkrunners visiting Bath Skyline for the first time, an indication perhaps that we are bang in the middle of the holiday season. Another 31 participants ticked the box for no publicity including Arno over from Brussels visiting sister Sarah Regh, one of our regulars. I spotted visitors from Thornbury, Weymouth and Letchworth resplendent in their apricot t-shirts and afterwards chatted with three runners from Queensland who had been at a wedding in Taunton and one lady from South Africa who had been to a wedding in Ireland and had popped over to Bath to run with her niece. One day I will get the hang of this report writing lark and remember to ask your names! However, I did take some photos so you could tag yourselves if I can work out how to upload them.
One person who is well known to us is the lovely Vicky Young running her 150th event and congratulations also to John Hewson visiting from Swansea who clocked up his fiftieth run in just over a year since starting parkrun.
And finally, a special mention to Richie Appleton from Shrewton near Salisbury who ran with a Gurkha Doko basket on his back weighing 15kg. This is part of a fund raising exercise for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
As always, a big thank-you to all our volunteers who made it all possible:
Alan COX • Andy MARCHANT • Andy TRIPP • Anja BRADLEY • Caroline COZIER • Colin HITCHIN • Conor MCGRORY • Danielle SELLWOOD • Finn SMITH • Fred MALLORY BAINS • Helen CONNER • Iain WILSON • Ian HAMPSON • James GORMAN • Jasmine HEARN • John BULL • Karen STACK • Lisa JARVIS • Louise KIRBY-GARTON • Lynda KEEPEN • Mark GREATOREX • Mark HENFIELD • Mark SEAMAN • Martin DERA • Michael STANLEY • Paul DOWNIE • Peter NICHOLS • Richard HEARN • Richard MERYON • Rupert KIRBY • Simon ELY • Simon LEVISON • Sue BRIGDEN • Tiina TANNINEN • Victoria STACK