Blickling parkrun – 17th November 2018 – 255

Picturesque. Peaceful. Pleasant.

Three words that in my opinion describe the parkrun that is Blickling. On what was a glorious Saturday morning 285 parkrunners and 16 volunteers turned out to enjoy what was a brilliant morning for running.

Having completed numerous different parkruns around the country and ventured overseas last month it is always nice to return to my favourite parkrun in Norfolk. It delivers not only a course that has a few challenges, it is also one of the friendliest, and most certainly the prettiest, within 20 minutes of the outskirts of Norwich (other parkruns are available!) I have ran at Blickling 17 times in total and always try to volunteer with their pacing events throughout the year. It’s one that I always love coming back to.

Firstly a massive thank you to all the amazing volunteers. Without their dedication and attentiveness parkrun doesn’t happen. Thank you all - when things go well, they keep things ticking over, and when things may not go to plan they always step up and are there to help and support.

This weeks hi-viz heroes:
Christine HERRING • Claire RICHES • Diane CHALK • Elizabeth GIBBONS • Karen EVANS • Kathy WORSENCROFT • Lee ANDERTON • Lynn GREENFIELD • Neil ADAMS • Neil ANDERTON • Noel MEEKS • Rachael SIMONS • Sally BARDSLEY • Sarah HOLNESS • Tanya MANSER • Tracey ANDERTON

Now on to the running side of things...
There were 33 first timers at Blickling of which 19 were completing their first ever parkruns. A massive 20% (58 runners) achieved a new Personal Best - of which 9 were achieved by runners who were completing their second ever parkrun.

It was a good week for Tony McCallum who recorded his first ever First Finisher on his 35th run at Blickling and a new PB of 18:25 to go with it. Second finisher was claimed by Finsbury parkrun regular Michael Heaney in 18:44 with James Lillistone in 3rd place in 19.24.

First female was Memphis Symonds in 20:18 and a new PB. It was also her 8th consecutive first female at various different events. Victoria Tovell was 2nd female in 22:30 on her 126th run at Blickling. 3rd female was Beverley McLees of Ware Joggers came home in 22:34 on her first visit to Blickling parkrun.

Well done to all that continue to make Blickling such a successful and popular parkrun in the East of England.

Rob Whalen