by Alex Hamilton
-2°C improving to +1°C during a run can only mean one thing...thermal underpants! It was a cold, icy and damp start to Burnham and Highbridge parkrun today, but the forecast was dry and the event enticed 435 runners, walkers and rhino's (yes a rhino) to turn up.
Matt POWELL had the Run Director shirt on today and we thank him and all of the other amazing volunteers for setting up in the cold ready for us all. Also announced, were the milestones that were achieved today. Today saw 1 new member for the junior 10 milestone, 2 for the 50 milestone and 5 yes 5! for the 100 club! Well done all, go get those shirts on order!
This week was pacer week! Everyone loves pacer week! It's a chance to put all that hard work to the test and give it everything you have to chase down the blue shirts to get that almighty PB (Personal Best). Thanks to all the pacers this week, sorry not all of you heard the shout for the photo!
If you wondered why there was a Rhino at parkrun today, then this was Andy HUMPHRIES training for the London Marathon...to run in that costume! To see more about Andy's story please visit his fundraising page... https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andyhumphriesrhino
The cool weather clearly helped a lot of people today as there was an impressive 72 PB's achieved today which was 16.55% of the total turnout. Well done for smashing it!
There was representation from 35 clubs today...can you see your club below?
First to the finish today was Sam COTTERELL for the lads, Katie Kitty GORMLEY for the lasses and Andy HUMPHRIES for the rhino's – well done.
Male top 3
1 – Sam COTTERELL – 16:46 (PB)
2 – Kevin BALE – 17:15 (PB)
3 – Peter MORTON – 17:38
Female top 3
1 – Katie Kitty GORMLEY – 20:43 (PB)
2 – Helen JENKINS – 22:17 (PB)
3 – Geraldine HOPE – 23:09
1 - Andy HUMPHRIES - 34:41
Top age grade today was achieved by Marko NURMINEN with 80.02%, and Sue NICHOLLS with 88.32%.
Most accomplished participant today was David BESSANT with 393 parkruns, which is 1,965km and the same distance as running the entire length of the M5 motorway 7.5 times!
Random stat of the week - Lyn JONES came in 88th place today which also marked the 60,000th individual 5k run at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun!
If you run with a Garmin, check out and join the Burnham & Highbridge parkrun group for some regular group challenges and add connections https://connect.garmin.com/modern/group/2816812
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer every now and then to allow some of our regular volunteers to have a run….it also counts towards the awesome purple 25 volunteer club shirt too If you’re a technophobe and can’t do emails, then please write your name down on the laminated future roster located outside of the parkrun HQ in the carpark on your next visit.
Adrian ASTON, Adrian DAVIS, Adrian SMITH, Alex HAMILTON, Alison OATEN, Allan PENDLETON, Bill MONTEITH, Cecilia YOUNG, Colin HOLDOM, Colin WOOD, Diane PEASE, Emily STARLING, Ethan RYLES, Freddie HORWOOD, Georgina HAINSBY, Jonathan WILLIAMS Julie BIRD, Katie SMITH, Lewis PERRY, Lisa METHLEY, Mark BENTON, Mary CLOTHIER, Matt POWELL, Morey ANDREWS, Patricia SEABROOK, Paul YOUNG, Philip HOBBS, Ria May TILLEY, Samantha SMITH, Stephen WALKER, Sue BAKER, Sue NICHOLLS, Tina BURROWS, Tracey BENTON, Tracey THOMAS, Tracy SMITH, Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE.