Cambridge parkrun #500 Run Report – 30/11/19

So I hope everyone had a fantastic, frosty, 500th Cambridge parkrun?

As you might be aware mine didn’t go quite to plan after my co-pilot worked out how to remove her mittens around the 1k mark, jettisoned them out of the buggy just beyond the narrow bridged and then decided just after the 2k mark that her hand were frozen and was inconsolable! (I did try to warn her, but I guess some things you just have to discover for yourself!) Thank you to everyone who checked we were ok, offered to push the buggy for me, let me know where she had abandoned her mittens and then got the mittens back to me. The spirt of parkrun was well and truly alive.

Anyway, while the cold may have brought my run to a halt, it didn’t stop 446 of you running, jogging and walking your way round the crisp and misty park. If you haven’t seen the wonderful picture take a look on our facebook page. There were 30 first timers, including at least one group who I know were doing their graduation run after following the couch to 5k program. Well done to you and I really hope you will be back for more parkruns in the future.

It may have been wet and muddy under foot in places but 33 of you still manged to run a personal best! Some PB’s of note include Tim MEIKLE (36:48) and Evelyn STRACHAN (28:57), who both ran their 3rd PB in a row. Interestingly Evelyn was followed by Ottilie WILLIAMS (28:58) and Adele BIRD (28:59) who both also clamed PB’s! It also looks like Mark VARLEY and Matthew HUME may also have helped each other to a PB coming in at 23:00 and 23:01 respectively. Well done to everyone who managed a PB this week.

Special mentions to David James COLE and Terry BRAVERMAN, who both ran at event number one and this week’s 500th event! David has run a total of 206 parkruns, 205 of them at Cambridge. He has also helped make the event possible 14 times. Terry has run a whopping 412 parkruns! 307 of them at Cambridge. He too has also helped to make parkrun happen 33 times. Congratulations to both of you and thank you for your support. If you would like to help make parkrun happen, please take a look at the future volunteer roster page.

Which leads on nicely to saying a BIG thank you to this week’s volunteers who stood out in the cold to help ensure the event could take place. Alan BALDOCK • Steven ANDERSON • Helen HENRY • Julia SUDBURY • Darien .J. O'BRIEN • Patrick GOSLING • James STOCKER • Kay SWEENEY • Emma GREAVES • Lisa CLATWORTHY • Neil TWEEN • Mary HOLMES • Lorna ANDERSON • Sue BRENTNALL • Pamela ABBOTT • Robert ZIEGLER • David GILBEY • Martin Daniel HORROD • Maria MARTIN • Richard MARTIN • Evert BOKMA • Jenny PAYNE • Ricky MITCHELL • Mary MITCHELL • Christine ROBERTS • Parminder LALLY • Bob PEACOCK • Jack MOSSOP • Sally STEWART • Hayley HORROD • Paul FEETENBY • Thomas MORGAN • Laurence LAMARCQ • Rachel CHALLIS • Rosa SNOW • David REEVE • Dean SNOW • Vicky LARMOUR • Florence TWEEN and William COUSINS are our HI-VIS HEROS this week!

The front runners this week were Chris DARLIN (16:04), James REED (16:23) and Adam TAPLEY (17:40). Charlotte EAST (19:32), Rebecca WHITE (19:49) and Helen BARRY (20:30) were the first three women to finish. While Jacob Presto (17:53), Fergus FLEMIN (20:39) and Leo Rothwell (20:41) were the fastest juniors, with Amy COPE (24:54) the first under 18’s lady to cross the line.

3 people had millstone runs this week; Sarah JONES joined the 10 Club, while Charlie RITCHIE and Pete CLARKE joined the 100 club. Special mentions also to Evert BOKMA and P PEREIRA who completed their 25th time of volunteering and joined the purple T-shirt club – thank you from us all. Finally a mention also to Kristy GUNERATNE who was the runner with the most parkruns under her belt this week; 443 in total – so close to her own 500th event!

To finish with a few stats you might find interesting. In 500 events;
• There have been 321 different first finishers
• 20,599 runners have completed Cambridge Parkrun
• There have been 30,120 PB’s
• We have run a total distance of 908,355km (Thank you Milton County Park!)
• We have been running for a combined time of 9Years 198Days 13Hrs 11Min 32Secs
• And a total of 1,895 individuals have volunteered 15,328 times.

Until the next time,

Julia (your dyslexic run reporter)