Burnham and Highbridge parkrun No: 218 – 31 August 2019

A pleasant summer’s morning for a parkrun and as Run Director it can be quite daunting facing 366 parkrunners to deliver the obligatory pre-run brief!

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Thankfully everyone listened to the standard notices and other ramblings of a Run Director before setting everyone off. Congratulations to Mark Newman, celebrating his 100th parkrun today (175th in 28:45) with 97 of Mark’s parkruns completed at Burnham and Highbridge. Now that’s loyalty!

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Elsewhere, our 365 other parkrunners (1 for each day of the year maybe) ran, jogged and walked their way around the course. It was good to see so many visitors participate today, representing 49 different clubs together with many people who just enjoy the weekly parkrun arrive from all over the country, praising the course and our set up. Two such visitors were our first two runners home, representing Thames Valley Harriers (Andy Fooks in 17:30), and Garden City Runners (James Huish in 17:39). Our first lady home was Amber Gascoigne from British Military Fitness in 18:22, 6th overall. Congratulations to you all for travelling to Burnham and Highbridge and attending today’s event.

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Today’s parkrun remains successful owing to the commitment of our parkrun volunteers. Our shout for volunteers from the weekly news bulletin still remains and if anyone can spare a Saturday morning to support this great team and make our event the success it is it would be greatly appreciated. To volunteer at a future event please email: burnhamandhighbridgehelpers@parkrun.com

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This week’s roll of honour was made up of 25 volunteers including: Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Angela CLARKE • Sue NICHOLLS • Tracey BENTON • Brian BEALE • Steven DORRALL • Mark BENTON • Matt POWELL • Georgina DELLA VALLE • Len HORLOCK • Mark BURGESS • Lesley GOULDING • Allan PENDLETON • Max BOYES • Samantha SMITH • Toni MALLIN • Helen DAVIS • Leah MALLIN • Michael REEVES • Ian BOOTH • Stephen WALKER • Elaine BURGESS • Adrian DAVIS • Alex HAMILTON • Martyn EDWARDS• Colin RUFUS

Today’s statistics:

This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 68 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 49 different clubs took part.

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 9,024 participants have completed 54,436 parkruns covering a total

distance of 272,180 km, including 10,044 new Personal Bests. A total of 506 individuals have volunteered 4,513 times.

Report written by: Steve Dorrall