Saturday 30th November was a very cold start & then a heavy fog developed. We had a heavy frost which lingered for much of the morning and a couple of hours of thick fog. Wytham Country Park held up well however, and the parkrun course was better than expected. Despite the frost on the ground, the course was largely clear of icy puddles.
This week we had 128 particpants who ran, jogged, jeffed & walked their way around our delightful course. First over the line was Alan Wheeler in a cracking time of 19:44. Very impressive considering the conditions underfoot. First female to finish was Samanatha Cuttell who gained a new PB in 25:33.
An Interesting coincidence is that we had 128 participants this week - as the average number of runners per week at Boston parkrun is currently 128 and the average run time is 31:05. As time goes on the participation levels are gradually increasing and the average run time is probably getting slower. We see this as progress as it means we are welcoming more people to our parkrun family. It’s incredibly rewarding to see new people start their running adventures at Boston parkrun.
We had 7 first timers to parkrun. Welcome to Tony Bailey, Chris Patchett, Evelyn Sands, Michael Gould, Phil Stanfield, Georgina Stanfield & Paula Meeds. We hope you enjoyed yourself and come and run with us again soon. We had a number of tourists visiting from Worcester (Malvern), Basildon (Essex), Keighley (West Yorkshire) & Guildford (Surrey). Do come back and visit again.
We had 6 runners worth of a special mention who achieved over 70% age grade. This is a phenomenal achievement especially considering the conditions. Well done to Nick Baker, Alan Wheeler, Steven Roberts, Terry Fone, Carol Cottingham & Jean Day. The Age Grade gives an indication of how well the parkrunner has done relative to their age and gender. Anything over 70% is classified as a regional-level runner. (80%+ is a national level runner). The highest age grade we have ever had at Boston is Cath Wheeler who achieved a staggering 87.8% on the 11th August 2018.
Dawn Gould from Pitsea Running Club in Essex celebrated her 50th parkrun as a tourist. And Heather James celebrated her 100th parkrun. Well done to you both on fantastic achievements. We also had 2 x 25 volunteer role milestones. Harrison Knight, one of our regular Juniors, celebrated his 25th time volunteering as did Steve Langford. Well done to you both. Both Harrison & Steve have carried out a range of volunteering roles including timekeeping, barcode scanning, tail walking, pacing, event-day course check, run report writing, carpark marshalling and finish tokens. We are always grateful for volunteers and provide full training for all activities. It’s really rewarding and you will get to make a lot of friends in the process. Some of the roles you can even still run the actual event as well.
Thank you also to the rest of this weeks volunteers. This week they were…….. Shirley BELL, Diane BURRELL, Sarah BURTON, John BURTON, Richard CAVE, Carmen CLARK, Roger DEPPER, Sue DUCKWORTH, Janet EDWARDS, Neil GOODWIN, Terry HUDSON, Simon JACKSON, Megan JONES, Simon KNIGHT, Harrison KNIGHT, Tanya KNIGHT, Steve LANGFORD, Ruben LANGFORD, Adam LUCAS, Paul MADDISON, Shaun MCGARRY, Sharon MEEDS, Clifford SANDS, Andrew SIMPKIN, Christine SIMPKIN, Matilda SMITH, Clare TEESDALE, Anna THOMPSON, Maurice TOMPKINS and Mick TOZER.
This week we started a collection for the Food bank. This is a really worthy cause which helps out families that need a little extra assistance. We had a good range of donations so thank you to those who have already helped. We are collecting anything new & unopened, within sell by dates. Especially useful is cereals, pasta, canned fruit, canned vegetables, toiletries, tea, coffee, UHT milk and baby food. Please do bring a few items if you are able. This time of year is especially difficult for many families in the local area. We will continue to collect next week and the following week (7th & 14th December).
I hope everyone enjoyed themselves at parkrun this week. I will bid you farewell and hand over to Sarah Burton who is our RD (Run Director) for next week. Happy running folks……….