Burnham and Highbridge parkrun #245

International Women's Day #IWDparkrun
by Becci Reeves

For the first time in what seems like forever, there was minimal wind for our 490 runners this morning at Apex Park. As part of the parkrun celebrations today runners were encouraged to wear purple and our volunteers were mostly ladies :) Before everyone sprinted off the start, run director Tracey Benton gathered some of the volunteers for a photo.

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Thank you to everyone who helped today: Vincent Reginald Huxtable • Stuart Anderson • Sue Nicholls • Tracey Benton • Daniel Anderson • Georgina Della Valle • Tracey Thomas • Hazel Thomas • Colin Holdom • Samantha Smith • Lindsey Ripley • Ruth Anderson • Debbie Ryles • Cecilia Young • Tawny Harris • Nikki Woodland • Karen Oldcorn • Belinda Beake • Rebecca Reeves • Paula Crossman-Jones • Vanetta Merrick • Sue Baker • Alison Monteith • Tracy Smith • Libbie Hall • Katie Boobyer • Oriole Harris

If you would like to volunteer in the future and earn a purple t-shirt in the process (as shown below on a couple of our runners) please see the roster attached the office window on a Saturday morning or pop us an email at burnhamandhighbridge@parkrun.com

When choosing role remember some of them allow you run, like writing the run report ;)

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Now for a shout out to all our runners which included 78 first timers and two milestones

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Of the 490 runners who took part, you were from 44 different clubs and achieved a PB rate 19% with a 91 new PBs!!!

Leading the way with personal bests were our first male and female over the line, Kevin Bale in 16:51 and Kate Drew in 17:45! I hope you both have some 'parkrun prosecco' to enjoy!

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Finally, I'd like to provide my stand out memory from today's event was one of runners today Sabrina Cecconi, who went above and beyond to provide thanks to our volunteers with some beautiful brightly coloured bags. You handed them out with a smile and I'm sure everyone who received one was grateful.

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For those of you interested in some Burnham and Highbridge specific statistics:
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 10,089 participants have completed 63,190 parkruns covering a total distance of 315,950 km, including 11,255 new Personal Bests. A total of 580 individuals have volunteered 5,278 times.