Happy 4th birthday Burnham and Highbridge parkrun! Where has the time gone? Looking back to our first official parkrun report on the 21st June 2015, we had 144 runners, set off by local dignitaries, and our then parkrun ambassador Geoff Keogh, who returned today. Looking back at our first event, we were worried that nobody was going to attend, but how wrong we were. Not only did people attend that day back in June 2015, but our parkrun has grown massively, just as it has done nationally and globally. Our numbers have grown to having a record turnout of 589 in April and in the 4-years that we’ve hosted parkrun, we've had a total of 8358 parkrunners accumulating a total distance 251,685 km. Both numbers are staggering and a big thank you to everyone that has arrived to run, walk or jog and conquer our parkrun.
Cakes were readily available and fancy dress was on show to celebrate today’s event. Some of the fancy dress on show may be questionable, but you can’t fault the effort or imagination! Nevertheless, it all added to the occasion and a big thank you to everyone for providing the cakes which were very well consumed by everyone at the finish.
Congratulations also go to all our volunteers for all the support given to our 207 parkruns so far. The idea of parkrun was first considered by core members from Burnham on Sea Harriers back in 2014, and this team has provided much support in making this event a weekly success. Many of those members received commemorative parkrun certificates today celebrating their contribution. Colleagues including Sue Nicholls, Pete Manning and our parkrun founder, Reg Huxtable, are just a few of a large group who have epitomised the parkrun spirit, inspiring new runners and visitors to our event. However, our parkrun journey has received fantastic support from too many volunteers to mention - all of you have contributed and made our weekly event such a success.
Today, 407 attended our parkrun. Bill Bailey was our first parkrunner home in 16:36, whilst Charlie Hurcum, a Burnham and Highbridge first time parkrunner was our first lady home in 21:04, 23rd overall. Congratulations to all our regulars and visitors today.
This week 407 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 47 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 43 volunteers:
Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Martin DRAPER • Mike HORWOOD • Sam WHITE • Stephen WILCOX • Christy LONGLEY • Stuart ANDERSON • Sue NICHOLLS • Tracey BENTON • Geoff LEWIS • Brian BEALE • Steven DORRALL • Mark BENTON • Matt POWELL • Kathy BEARD • Georgina DELLA VALLE • Philip HOBBS • Tracey THOMAS • Allan PENDLETON • Max BOYES • Ria May TILLEY • Adrian SMITH • Patricia SEABROOK • Freddie HORWOOD • Jeanine RANSOM • Ella THOMAS • Pete MANNING • Lindsey COX • Paul THOMAS • Kevin ROCHE • Lee WOODLAND • Toni MALLIN • Paul TOMLINSON • Rebecca REEVES • Sarah REEP • Tina BURROWS • Doug WARD • Katrina BUFTON • Stephen WALKER • Georgina HAINSBY • Adrian DAVIS • Jonathan WILLIAMS • Alex HAMILTON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Burnham and Highbridge parkrun Results Page.
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 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 8,358 participants have completed 50,337 parkruns covering a total distance of 251,685 km, including 9,445 new Personal Bests. A total of 480 individuals have volunteered 4,214 times.