Burnham and Highbridge parkrun #241 08.02.2020

The lull before the storm...

By the time you read this storm Ciara may have arrived or long gone depending on how keen you are to read our Run Reports that we produce weekly...unknown circulation!  Anyway, conditions at todays parkrun were unusually favourable, with a slight headwind running back along the seafront, which meant 68 PBs out of a total of 367 participants.

We had 26 First Timers today, 12 newbies to parkrun, and the rest visitors from various places including Norway (which has five parkruns if you are interested in some parkrun tourism!) Hope you enjoyed our parkrun experience.


We had lots of milestones today, but few people let us know for a shout out at the Run Briefing, and a personal round of applause... you deserve it!  So I have to look you all up later on the results, and applaud your achievements:

Completing 50 parkruns today were Chris Townsend, Michelle Townsend (inseperable), Jean Bailey and Dawn Bowles (or Goddard as she is presumably called now)

Completing 100 parkruns were Steve Clarke and Nicola Fulstow. 

Completing an unofficial parkrun milestone of 200 was Adrian Smith, most of these at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun.

Our volunteers today were wearing the new parkrun colours of a sort of raspberry colour... not sure why the change, but they all looked great, and performed a great job as usual (more applause).  A special Thank You to Reg, Tracey and Mark Benton who set up the course before you all arrive...  every week!


Todays volunteers were:

Vincent Reginald HUXTABLE • Jason WOODS • Clive DICKER • Stuart ANDERSON • Tracey BENTON • Mark BENTON • Matt POWELL • Kathy BEARD • Philip HOBBS • Tracey THOMAS • Jonathan WICKENS • Claire WOOD • Allan PENDLETON • Robert JENNER • Samantha SMITH • Colin WOOD • Colin LINTERN • Lorraine LINTERN • Cecilia YOUNG • Bill MONTEITH • Karen OLDCORN • Ethan RYLES • Mary CLOTHIER • Nick HEMMINGS • Katrina BUFTON • Stephen WALKER • Alex HAMILTON • Caleb ANDREWS

We are always in need of volunteers, so if you can volunteer every so often then everyone can run as well. Check out our future rota and send us an email.


Talking of volunteers, on 7th March 2020, parkrun is celebrating International Womens Day by encouraging women to participate in sporting activities. We are having a women volunteer takeover day, so if you would like to volunteer on that day let us know (if you are female).  It is also a day to wear purple.

Another special event is 29th February 2020, that extra day to catch up our planet earths rotation (365 plus a quarter day) around the sun every 4 years.  This is the first ever leap year parkrun day, and the next will be in 2048, so we are marking this special occasion by running our course in reverse. It has not been tried before, and you may have to wait another 28 years before we do it again.  We are also encouraging marriage proposals in true leap year tradition, so come and celebrate with us...

Todays results:

Todays results finally appeared after a short delay due to national parkrun IT issues.

First over the line was David Searle in 17:23 with a PB.


First lady over the line was Ella Hansen in 21:17


Martin Smith was our best age grade today with 80.98%, also with a PB of 20:09 in the VM (60-64 age group)

Timothy Jones was our most accomplished parkrunner with 346 parkruns, also with a PB of 20:43.

Well done to all those taking part today.

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 9,827 participants have completed 61,516 parkruns covering a total distance of 307,580 km, including 11,060 new Personal Bests. A total of 572 individuals have volunteered 5,154 times.

A big Thank You to Alex Hamilton for some great photos today, which can be seen on our facebook page.  His children enjoyed a more leisurely parkrun being pushed by Nicola Hamilton rather than their more frantic father.


The aeroplane mode of running (or take a picture of me looking like Phil Johnson, who should have taken out copyright)


seems to be catching on.


Hope the storm isn't/wasn't too bad, and see you next week

Stuart Anderson