Almost Auld Lang Syne Time...
By Alex Hamilton
So...that's another year almost done, but today was the last 2019 parkrun in Burnham and Highbridge.
51 events over 255km have taken place this year which have been completed in glorious summer sun, to the dreaded 'Burnham Breeze', to hailstones and rainbows - Burnham and Highbridge parkrun has had it all. But more importantly, it has had you, the reader of this report, whether you are a regular volunteer, or a regular runner making this parkrun so much fun to participate in. You the people really make this parkrun a special one! The scenery is something to write home about too...as proven by the below image snapped by our very own Burnham paparazzi star Mark Benton.
This week 355 people ran, jogged, walked and pushed buggies to burn off those mince pies and Christmas booze. 38 PB's were achieved today equating to 10.7% of those who turned out - this 10.7% obviously only had one portion of Christmas dinner!
41 people were first timers to Burnham and Highbridge parkrun, of which 16 enjoyed their first ever parkrun! Well done on your personal achievement, no matter what your goals or stories are.
First to finish today was visitor Arthur DICKSON-BELL - well done.
The results were as follows, with the top three ladies separated by only 9 seconds!
Male Top 3;
Arthur DICKSON-BELL - 16:28
Kieron SUMMERS - 16:43
Sam WHITE - 17:36
Female Top 3;
Ali FARRALL - 19:46
Emily CURRIE - 19:50
Ellie OSMOND - 19:55
Top age grade today was achieved by Kieron SUMMERS with 84.85% for the lads and Sue NICHOLLS with 85.36% for the lasses.
The most accomplished participant today was Susan HARVEY with 335 parkruns, which is 1,675 km - equivalent to running in a straight line from Burnham and Highbridge parkrun all the way to Budapest in Hungary! Wow!
There were lots of milestones achieved today - well done on all your hard work and dedication to achieve them.
If you run with a Garmin watch, check out and join the Burnham and Highbridge parkrun group for some regular challenges and to add connections https://connect.garmin.com/modern/group/2816812
Most importantly, thanks go to the volunteers who enable this event to happen, without which you wouldn't be able to run. Today saw a particularly amazing achievement with Max BOYES completing his 300th (yes three hundredth) volunteer credit. To put that into perspective, that is the equivalent of volunteering EVERY consecutive weekend for 5.8 YEARS in a row! Max has even squeezed in a run or few in between his superb generosity.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer every now and then to allow some of the regular volunteers (like Max) to have a run....it also counts towards the awesome 25 volunteer purple shirt! If you already have the shirt, then do it anyway to feel even more awesome!
If you're a technophobe and don't do emailing, then please write your name down on your chosen date on the laminated future roster next to the HQ in the carpark on your next visit.
This week, the volunteers were (in first name order); Alex HAMILTON, Allan PENDLETON, Dave BADMAN, Emily STARLING, Ganesh GUDKA, Georgina DELLA VALLE, Gwen FROMENT, Janine BROWNE, Jon JACOBS, Julie GILFOYLE, Katrina BUFTON, Kelly SHERRIFF, Lucy BADMAN, Mark BENTON, Mary CLOTHIER, Max BOYES, Noah BROWNE, Philip HOBBS, Stephen WALKER, Steven DORRALL, Stuart ANDERSON, Sue BAKER, Sue NICHOLLS, Tracey BENTON, Tracey THOMAS, Tracy SMITH, Valerie NEWMAN, Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE.
And that's a wrap for 2019...happy new running year and I wish you a very happy and healthy 2020.
See you next year parkrunners!