What a contrast in weather from last week although summer has yet to make a proper appearance.
There was lots of wildlife spotting whilst setting up for parkrun this morning – great tits nesting in the ash tray next to the ladies toilet (the second set of chicks in there this year) and sightings of gold crests in the tree.
Lisa delivered a great runners briefing and without further ado you were off. Jamie Crawford came in first and achieved a new PB of 16.59 mins. Henry Miller came second and James Houlston was third. Fourth and fifth places were unknowns – you know who you are, so please do remember your barcodes next week if you'd like your times logging.
There were 2 milestone runs this week - Katie Witham with 50 runs and Julie McGuinness with 250 runs. Well done both of you!!
In total 455 of you ran, jogged or walked round Hove Park, with 23 first-timers – welcome to parkrun!! 62 of you achieved new personal bests this week but there were 47 unknowns! It's very quick and easy to register so please do and you'll be well on your way to receiving your totally free and brilliant milestone t-shirts. There's also an important safety reason for registering as you are able to list any medical conditions you have and you can put down a contact in case of emergencies. Volunteers will have access to this information should anything happen to you, as sadly it very occasionally does.
Whilst I'm nagging, please help us by always taking a finish token at the end of the run even if you don't have your barcode. 'Funnel Duckers' can cause all sorts of problems for those who are sorting the results as it messes them up big time!
Finally I'd like to thank all the volunteers that willingly give up their Saturday mornings. We have a fantastic group of children who volunteer week in week out as part of their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Without them and all the other volunteers, parkrun wouldn't be as safe as it so please consider doing it once in a while. There's a job for everyone and you can even volunteer to be a pacer so you still get your run in!! If you'd like to do it please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
This week a big shout out goes to:
Alison Porges, Amy Hausdoerfer, Bernadette Hecht, Bernie Harvey, Brian Russell, Claire Giles, Daniel Porges, Dane Harvey, Dean Bibby, Eva Adjare, Freya Mainprize, Gary White, Helen Pierpoint, Jake Rees, John Elbourne, Julie Reuby, Julie Zhu, Lisa Elbourne, Louis White, Matt Wingfield, Nigel Sarjudeen, Paula Chessell, Richard Chessell, Sam Harwood, Sam Kimberley, Siobhan Bell, Tegan Schafer, Tracy Caroline Eaton, Trevor Day, Yao Hu
Hope to see you all next week.