Burnham And Highbridge parkrun # 240 1st February 2020

Should we stay or should we go?..


They say that getting out the door is the hardest part of exercise and joking aside it always amazes us at parkrun just how many people turn up without fail every Saturday and put so much effort into the challenge. Seeing so many new faces is always great and another large group today gave us all added enjoyment that someone else has joined the community!

Unseasonable mild conditions today favouring a healthy turnout today of 396 people all hot-footing their way around the course with as much vigour and enthusiasm as Nigel Farage legging it out of Brussels.

Not just ANY volunteer
As most are aware, we have a huge number of volunteers who basically "put the show on" every week but did you know that in addition to the regular high-viz heroes we also have several that partake in association and as part of the Duke Of Edinburgh award scheme? For those who don't know what this brilliant scheme is, the D of E charity works with organisations across the UK to help young people gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate adult life. As part of the process, awards are given upon completion of various tasks and several young people have come to support parkrun as part of their chosen community volunteer project.
Today Ria May Tilley added another role to her impressive tally and has completed her task  - well done Ria and congratulations from all of us here!
For more details of this great scheme and to see more of what they do take a look here: DofE

It's a bit of a squeeze
With success comes increased numbers of participants and whilst we commend everyone who comes this does put an increased strain on the infrastructure and facilities not least the toilet queue!
One area a lot of you will have noticed the strain is the parking - in particular during the winter months when we loose a large grassed overflow area which for obvious reasons (and a request from the council) is placed out-of-bounds. This means the car park is full very early and those arriving later have to find alternative spaces nearby.
Please can we ask that those parking outside of the park are mindful that the local residential roads, in particular the one to the rear of the houses next to the Fire station are left clear for residents. It has been reported to us that in some instances, private driveways and spaces have been occupied thus causing issues with residents.
Whilst we are confident this is a simple misunderstanding, we do not want to create unnecessary problems and would like to think we are good neighbors to all.

The pics
Fantastic views across the riverbank and bay today, once again highlighting the beautiful location we have! 
All of today's fantastic photos were taken by Paul Smith and more can be seen over on our Flickr page.



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The Milestones
Congratulations to Lee Wood who completed his 100th today and celebrated by bagging a PB too!

The Stats
This week 396 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 24 vistors attending for their first visit to B&H
43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part.
New visitor or seasoned regular, we hope you all enjoyed our fantastic route, be sure to tell your friends all about us!

The results
Scoring a hat-trick of top results today with first overal position, first female AND top age-grading of 83.77% was Hannah Taunton with a time of 17:40
1st female
First male home was regular Chris Walker with a time of 17:46 
1st male
Most accomplished runner was Marie Malloy who today completed her 351st Parkrun.

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).

The Team
A big shout out and round of applause goes to our volunteers. Each and every one of the Hi-Viz heroes giving their free-time so this event can take place every week.  

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The event was made possible by 24 volunteers  -this weeks roll of honour:

Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Mike HORWOOD • Sue NICHOLLS • Tracey BENTON • Mark BENTON • Kathy BEARD • Philip HOBBS • Allan PENDLETON • Ria May TILLEY • Adrian SMITH • Samantha SMITH • Michael REEP • Paul TOMLINSON • Sarah REEP • Paul SMITH • Alison OATEN • Rachel SEARLE • Sue BAKER • John DAVIS • Trevor HOLLINGSBEE • Harry PETHERAM • Alan BEECH • Libbie HALL • Jake POOLTON

Please consider joining the volunteer team by checking out the rota on our volunteer page and send us a message. It's really fun & not a difficult role. Remember - No volunteers, No parkrun :-(   

Did you know?
Burnham and Highbridge parkrun started on 20th June 2015. Since then 9,801 participants have completed 61,149 parkruns covering a total distance of 305,745 km, including 10,991 new Personal Bests. A total of 569 individuals have volunteered 5,126 times.

On behalf of all the team here at Burnham & Highbridge Parkrun have a great week and see you next Saturday!

Phil  Hobbs