Run Report for Bedfont Lakes parkrun Event #546

Saturday 8th February 2020

Decent weather for running; cool and crisp with a few puddles and a bit of mud just to make it fun, as 230 Bedfontos finished Bedfont Lakes parkrun this week including 34 who were all running at Bedfont Lakes for the very first time. Another bumper field, despite the mud, as Bedfont Lakes goes from strength to strength! Well done to all and we hope to see you again soon!

Firstly, we say a big thank you to the fabulous 25 volunteers, who gave up their time this week. One of the best things about the 546 parkruns so far at Bedfont Lakes is that they have all been totally free, and they always will be. Our wonderful volunteers are key to this. Again our parkrun passed off without any problems and had the usual Bedfont spirit. We really appreciate the support we receive as we puff our way round the course. Here is this week's full roll of honour:

Adrian CLEMENT • Aisha BAWA • Aleksandr ZOZULIA • Alexandra LISLE • Brian SPARROW • Colin BREACH • David DUGGAN • Edward CHAPMAN • Emma MORETON • Jenny CHAPMAN • John MURPHY • Julie HAZELL • Leanne SEARLE • Martin GREENSMITH • Martin WEBB • Matthew HOUGHTON • Michael CANNON • Paul SILVESTER • Phoebe HIBBS • Raahul Chandar RAVICHANDAR • Sandra CLEMENTS • Sandy WHISKER • Wayne SARTEN • Wendy WEBB

David DUGGAN was once again Volunteer Co-ordinator, and Wayne SARTEN led the team as Run Director and gave an entertaining and informative briefing as always. A big thank you to you both and to all our volunteers!

In total a healthy 36 new PBs were set. Very good considering the muddy conditions. Well done to all our runners this week!

Bedfont Lakes is one of the few parkruns that has a Lead Bike volunteer role but we didn't have one this week as our usual stalwarts were unavailable. If anyone has ever thought of volunteering for this role it really is good fun, and if you have an injury that stops you from running but not cycling it's a good way to stay involved and to get some exercise too, especially if you cycle to and from Bedfont Lakes. You don't need a fancy bike as long as it is safe and serviceable (a helmet is strongly advised of course), and although we have some fast runners at Bedfont you give yourself a little head start and it isn't too difficult to stay ahead of them. Maybe wait for slightly dryer conditions though!!

Leading home the field at Bedfont this week was Charlie TURNER in a time of 18:42. Charlotte CLARKE was first female home with a time of 23:13. Great running both!
There were lots of other good runs, too numerous to mention individually, but today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bedfont Lakes parkrun Results Page.

Special mention also for Jonathan BLISS of the wonderfully named Whitchurch Whippets who reached the milestone of 50 parkruns and will be receiving his red T-shirt soon!
That's all folks. See you next week; same time, same place and DFYB!