Written by Rhian Mackintosh
Today, together with all the other parkruns, Bath Skyline parkrun celebrated International Women’s Day with 418 people running, a massive 81 of whom were first-timers, and 40 of whom ran personal bests – just to add to the celebrations! The event was supported by the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, created to even out the disparity between the number of woman and men participating in sports.
It seemed that even the weather was celebrating as we had a welcome break from the constant weekend storms providing (relatively) good conditions (although there was still plenty of mud to keep the runners on their toes!).
It was amazing to see such a strong turn-out from the women and girls of parkrun, both those seasoned runners and first timers. 172 females took part – almost 100 more than the first ever Bath Skyline parkrun in 2014! There was a lovely atmosphere with everyone in high spirits, and a noticeable sea of purple filling the skyline path.
Congratulations to everyone who took part, and especially, in the spirit of IWD, to our first female finisher Lauren Salisbury who ran an amazing personal best time of 20:59. With the number of new faces present today I thought it would be the perfect time to remind everyone that whoever you are, if you can run, jog, walk 5k or volunteer, parkrun is a wonderful way to kick off your weekend, make some friends and enjoy the beautiful scenery Bath has to offer.
As always, a huge thank you to our 44 volunteers, who always arrive with smiles on their faces and words of encouragement at the ready!
I also wanted to say a particular thank you to Helen, our Event Director and Run Director today. Helen you are an amazing motivator and role model to everyone at parkrun. We are very grateful for your wonderful organisational skills and all those behind the scenes hours of work you have spent over the years making this such a successful event.