Apparently there is a large music festival taking place fairly close by and it has come to my attention that a number of our stalwart volunteers and regulars have traded their trainers and vests for several days slumming it in a field amongst the great unwashed, whilst "listening" to some of this 'ere "Modern Music" stuff. Well, I cannot understand it at all. As far as I am concerned these modern bands like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles produce nothing more than unintelligible dross. Whatever happened to Joe Loss and his Orchestra, Val Doonican and Peggy Lee? Timeless classics such as Flannagan and Allen seem lost on the youth of today! But there we have it. And what is this thing they call "Psychedelic Music". The only thing I could think that it relates to is watching Adrian Smith's running shorts going round in the tumble dryer whilst listening to the "Light Programme". But anyway, for those of you, who, like me, prefer the purity of a Saturday parkrun to overly loud modern nonsense will have assembled at Apex Park, for the Burnham & Highbridge parkrun number 293. And, indeed, 205 of you did!
The show must go on!
The "First Timers" briefing was delivered with her usual aplomb (to 30 first timers!) by our very own Run Director and Sax symbol, Georgina Della-Valle. She then went on to the "Pyramid Stage" to give the usual brief to the assembled throng., during which she welcomed runners from as far afield as Coventry, Stroud, Ashby De La Zouch, Lliswerry, Bradworthy, Lochaber, Long Eaton, Bodmin, Wincanton, Burgess Hill, Newport and Newquay. Following the brief it was time to move them "Further on up the road" to say: 5,4,3,2,1!
Flying Without Wings!
And then, like a "Bat out of hell" the massed ranks of parkrunners, including representatives of some 37 clubs, headed off into the distance. They were aided and abetted by our end of the month Pacers who were trying to "Beat the Clock" on behalf of the parkrunners who wanted PB's! So "Hopelessly devoted to you" were they that they assisted in the following PB's!
Tom Watts, Isaac Barry, Adam Davis, Alex Milne, Tom Clarke, Danny Gould Dyer, Tom Burnell, Richard Barry, Frankie Moore, Janine Brown, Jim Stevenson, Joanne Carpenter, Elizabeth Lawrence, Claraine Clark, Dee Huggins, Jimmy Flynn Gould-Dyer, Nicola Englefield, Jasmine Beech, Blake Robertson, Bai Clarke and Jennie Bolling.
"Congratulations" to you all!
Whilst the runners were actively engaged in "Running up that hill" our intrepid Photographer, Chris Englefield was "Moving on up" around the course and taking a "Photograph of You". Thanks go to him for a job well done.
Doctor, My Eyes!
Top 3 Male;
1st Tom WATTS 17:16 (PB), 2nd Peter MORTON 17:25, 3rd Dave BOURNE 17:32
Top 3 Female;
1st Jemma LEWIS 21:55, 2nd Emily Kate WIDEMAN 24:06, 3rd Beatrice MOFFAT 24:34
Top Female Age Grading – Jean BAILEY 73.60%
Top Male Age Grading – Chris WALKER 81.82%
Top Report Writer who has never heard of Billie Eilish! - Bill MONTEITH Nil Points
I'm walking backwards for Christmas!
It ain't over 'till its over!
The Final Countdown!
So, That's another successful B & H parkrun chalked off. Our event just goes from strength to strength. Even the lure of Glastonbury Festival could not dampen the spirits of our intrepid parkrunners. Having had a nice long refreshing RADOX bath to soothe my tired muscles I can now settle back into the rocking chair, sup my HORLICKS and reflect on another good day, whilst listening to my favourite album of all time. Oh no, its not by one of those "modern" outfits you would hear up the road at Pilton. No, I am going to crank the phonogram up to 11 and unwind to the sound of "Vera Lynn sings the Hits of Led Zeppelin". Its a classic!
It only remains for your humble scribe to remind you all that parkrun only happens because of the dedication of the Volunteers, who this week were:
Sorrel Judith LANGLEY-HOBBS • Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Nicholas CHARLES • Ian HUMPHREYS • Berni MUNDY • Stuart ANDERSON • Alan BYRON • Tracey BENTON • Hannah TUCKER • Matt POWELL • Georgina DELLA VALLE • Philip HOBBS • David DARLING • Tracey THOMAS • Jeannine DARLING • Matthew CROSS • Adrian SMITH • Lindsey RIPLEY • Richard SAUPE • Sarah HUDDART • Tawny HARRIS • Bill MONTEITH • Mary CLOTHIER • Katrina BUFTON • Steve TUCKER • Adrian DAVIS • Damian PHILP • Tracey CROSS • Jonathan WILLIAMS • Alan BEECH • Alfie LISMORE POPE • Christine HALL • Julie LENCH • Lauren TIPPLE • Trish REX • Hayley TITMUS • Chris ENGLEFIELD
And for those of you who can't take a hint!!
If you have not volunteered before but wish to be considered at future events then PLEASE do so. It is great fun and no job is too difficult. Our Volunteer Co-ordinator, the "getting younger by the day" Mrs Tracey Benton usually has to send a begging Email every week to fill up the rota, so sign up at parkrun on the sheet outside the office, or send us an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org Check the rota first to see our vacancies, and it helps if you let us know your barcode (and the name you are registered with parkrun!) A warm welcome awaits. We are usually short most weeks, so give a little back. You know it makes sense!
The Vital Statistics (For those diehard readers who have made it thus far!)
The female record is held by Naomi TASCHIMOWITZ who recorded a time of 16:49 on 31st December 2016 (event number 81).
The male record is held by Adam Tango HOLLAND who recorded a time of 15:31 on 19th May 2018 (event number 151).
The Age Grade course record is held by Sue NICHOLLS who recorded 96.67% (23:02) on 5th September 2015 (event number 12).
Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 11,664 participants have completed 75,267 parkruns covering a total distance of 376,335 km, including 12,903 new Personal Bests. A total of 682 individuals have volunteered 6,538 times.