This week saw 252 people run, jog or walk parkrun of whom 32 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. We also noted an increase in volunteers from previous weeks which must mean we are approaching the end of summer holidays.
We had two Tail Walkers this week as, following on from the success of #teamparkrun last August, parkrun have teamed up again with The National Lottery and UK Sport and invited Britain's top athletes to volunteer as Tail Walkers across the country over the next few weekends. We of course have our own local top athlete in the shape of Callum Wilkinson who very kindly agreed to Tail Walk on Saturday, despite having only just returned from the European Championships. Callum is a Race Walker and currently ranked 2nd in the UK and 50th in the world. He also holds the U23 UK record at all distances. Callum teamed up with Jamie Raja, one of our DofE volunteers, and managed to refrain from walking at his usual pace! It was observed Callum can race walk faster than the majority of parkrunners can run!
We also had Kelvin (who gets a regular mention in these reports) run parkrun blindfolded, ably assisted by Alison. This was to celebrate his 200th official parkrun, although that figure rises to 314 when combined with the unofficial runs. It was on one of these unofficial runs that Alison observed he could probably complete the course blindfolded ...
So lots happened this week and all made possible by the following 16 volunteers:
Linda Jane HANDCOCK • Frank MOGGAN • Sarah ASBURY • Claire HOBLYN • Steve MURTON • Jan MURTON • Odette ROBSON • Ruth EBERHARDT • Callum WILKINSON • Jamie RAJA • Asia DAVIES • Justin FLETCHER • Zachary STRICKLAND • Daniel COOK • Andrew GRANT • Samuel WEBBER