Run Report for Bedfont Lakes parkrun Event #549

Saturday 22nd February 2020

Another pretty good day for running (is there ever a bad one?); nice and cool albeit quite large puddles and plenty of mud just to make it fun. Another large field as 208 Bedfontos finished Bedfont Lakes parkrun this week including 39 who were running at Bedfont Lakes for the very first time. Yet another 200 + field. Well done to all and we hope to see you again soon!

Firstly, big thanks as always to our wonderful 26 volunteers, who gave up their time in the cold this week, sporting the new pink tabards, and encouraged all the runners around the muddy course. We really appreciate the support we receive. Here is this week's full list of hi-viz heros:

Aisha BAWA • Aleksandr ZOZULIA • Amy DEVANEY • Amy KING-HALE • Colin BREACH • David DUGGAN • Eddie KETTERICK • Emma MORETON • Evgeniy MARKIN • Julie DEVANEY • Lynda STAFFORD • Marion MAITLAND • Martin WEBB • Michael CANNON • Michael MACNEIL • Paul SILVESTER • Paul WESTBROOK • Paula ENGLAND • Phoebe HIBBS • Raahul Chandar RAVICHANDAR • Ray KINGDON • Sam FUTCHER • Savannah GRIMAL • Wayne SARTEN • Wendy WEBB

David DUGGAN as always was Volunteer Co-ordinator, and Wayne SARTEN again led the team as Run Director and gave another entertaining and informative briefing, welcoming visiting parkrunners from near and far. A big thank you to you both and to all our volunteers!

In total there were a healthy 18 new PBs set. Pretty good considering the muddy conditions. Well done to all our runners this week!

Leading home the field at Bedfont this week was Matt MASON in a time of 19:15. Charlotte CLARKE was again first female home in a new PB of 20:59. Great times in challenging conditions!

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 this week for Linda GAITSKELL a Visually Impaired runner from Metros Running Club in Harrow who usually runs at Black Park and was visiting Bedfont Lakes for the first time. Linda is so determined, and has never once let her disability put her off doing anything; whether it's parkrun, water skiing, triathlon or even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro! Linda wasn't going to let a few oversized puddles on the railway straight put her off. She just smashed straight through them without complaint and recorded a very respectable time!

If you have never tried VI guiding, why not give it a go? It's good fun and very rewarding. It adds a technical dimension to your run, especially as a tourist, and you get a run credit and a volunteer credit! If you are ever at a run where there are VI runners please try to be aware of them, especially if you are running with headphones. They obviously have to run two abreast and it can be challenging when the path is made narrower by mud and puddles, and by people listening to the Foo Fighters.

That's all folks. See you next week; same time, same place and DFYB!