Our participation numbers seem to be loitering in the 20s at the moment - we almost made it to a grand total of 30 this week, but unfortunately two of the starters dropped out after one lap, citing injury. I'm sure the gale-force wind had no bearing on their decision.
It was certainly a breezy one, but we assured the runners and walkers during the briefing that the south-westerly would push them all the way up the hill... That may have been the case, but we did hear comments afterwards that the usual respite of our lovely downhill was less easy than usual, running straight into the wind.
We had one brave person doing their first ever parkrun, so well done to William Zammit, who came in 6th and was still smiling. He and his companions said they enjoyed the run and will definitely return for more.
You might be surprised to hear that one person even managed a PB despite the challenging conditions - excellent running from Chris Bradley on his third run at Bevendean, and his second PB in a row.
The first finisher was Daniel Clewley, whose home run is the beautiful Mount Edgcumbe parkrun in Cornwall, also on his third trip to Bevendean, and first woman was another Zammit - Rebecca. Top age grader was Vinnie Pegley with 71.20%, the only person over 70%. Very well done to all three of you. And of course, to everyone else who took part.
Also getting buffeted by the wind, and thankful for their bobble hats, was our merry band of volunteers, so thanks very much to all of you for your help once again. We couldn't do it without you:
Brian COOPER • Colin HANNANT • Stewart GREGORY • Val BROCKWELL • John MILINS • Liam TINSTON • Cathy ARCHER • Louie PEGLEY
And thanks to Colin for the photos!
If you haven't volunteered before, do give it a go - it's easy and fun. Just contact us on our Facebook page, or email at email@example.com
See you next week. And don't forget in 2 weeks, on Saturday 30th March, we'll be having our annual backwards run, to celebrate April Fool's Day. You won't actually be running backwards, but just doing the course the other way round, starting at the finish and finishing at the start!! Some think it's harder, some think it's easier... Come and see what YOU think.