Brixworth Country parkrun celebrated its second birthday on Saturday and 100 guests came to the party. The weather stopped play last week but made amends with sunshine and blue skies (though it was still cold).
Amongst out 86 runners, joggers and walkers there were 23 first timers of which three were doing their first ever parkrun; welcome Hamish Thomas, Gillian Tate and Gary Halliday and we look forward to seeing you at the country park soon. As with Richard Hawkins, who was back for his second run having done his first ever parkrun a fortnight ago. Also on their second visits to Brixworth were James Ruault who finished first and shaved 27 seconds of his time from 2 weeks ago, and our female first finisher, Daisy Melville, who bettered her previous time by 5 seconds. Two people were celebrating milestones of their own; Mackenzie Wilson completed his 25th run and Kate York earned her 50 t-shirt.
Our 20 volunteers supporting the event were Laura Burton, Sean Wilkinson, Allyson Russell, Shaun Macken, Jane Macken, Wendy Bradford, Nicholas Wilson, Peter Ingles, Heather Thompson, Mackenzie Wilson, Tom Elmore, Miranda Parry, Beverley Astle, Warren Beattie, Caroline Monk, Mike Mckiernan, Libbie Buttress, Struan Tait, Aurora Monk and David Roberts. Thank you all, from the runners for making it happen and from me for making it easy! I hope you enjoyed yourselves and if you or anyone else would like to help with any future event, just email and Sean Wilkinson, our new volunteer coordinator, will be happy to add you to the roster. We are holding an event on New Year’s Day and are keen to have the volunteers in place before Christmas.
I have been a co-event director, alongside Gip Ingles, through the launch of the event and since we went live 2 years ago. However, I will be standing down at the end of the month as I am moving on to a parkrun ambassador role with oversight of several events. Brixworth remains my home run and I will still be a run director although less frequently, and with Gip as event director and the rest of the core team I know that it is in good hands. I am sure that you will continue to enjoy running our course (even the hills!) and helping make it happen for our participants – thank you all for the last couple of years.