Cambridge parkrun #502 – 14th December 2019

After a relatively quiet week last week with “only” 297 runners, this week we had…exactly 297 finishers again! I wonder if the Christmas party season has meant more people are enjoying lie-ins on a Saturday morning, or just whether the muddy conditions are putting people off, for it certainly is very muddy and wet at the moment! The new Fulbourn Hospital parkrun is probably also attracting visitors especially those from the South of Cambridge. Either way, it felt unusually quiet but on the positive side there was plenty of room for both those of us who like to embrace the puddles and those who prefer to try and keep their feet slightly drier.

Our first finisher was Adam Tapley of Cambridge Triathlon Club who eased home in 17.53, chased down by Holly Archer of Cambridge and Coleridge who ran 18.02, not too far off her PB given the slippery conditions. Well done to both. On the PB front, we had 16 parkrunners who managed to splash their way round in their fastest ever time – well done to all. We welcomed 17 first timers to Cambridge, four of whom were brand new to parkrun – we hope they enjoyed their run with us and will be back again soon. At the other end of the scale, our most prolific parkrunner this week was Steven Anderson who has run an impressive 437 parkruns!

We had four milestones this week – I ran my 250th parkrun (195 of which have been at Cambridge – that’s a lot of times round the lake!); thank you to all of you who stayed behind afterwards for celebratory cake and chat. I have loved being a part of the Cambridge parkrun community since 2011 and am looking forward to wearing my green t-shirt with pride. Three parkrunners joined the 50 club – congratulations to Thom Whiffen, Julian Dixon and James Joseph O Neill.

Next week is our Christmas parkrun so if you would like to then please do don some festive attire and join us. We don’t put on an extra run on Christmas Day, but some other local events do so if you want to start Christmas Day with a parkrun then check out the Christmas compendium: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ You will see from that that we are hoping to put on a New Year’s Day special parkrun at 10.30am – other local parkruns are on at 9am so it is possible to run a double. It’s the only day of the year that this is permitted and is a brilliant way to begin the new year. Like other weeks, we do need volunteers to enable that to happen so do let us know as soon as possible if you’re able to help. Thanks go to this week’s volunteers, who did a great job of cheering and keeping us safe from the mud:

Pamela ABBOTT, Evert BOKMA, Andrew BURGE, Susie CUMMING, Mike DIFRANCO, Nicola EDE, Mary HOLMES, Fiona HOWE, Helen D JOHNSON, Marisa JOHNSON, Mick JOHNSON, Anita JOYSEY, Michaela JOYSEY, Parminder LALLY, Jen LITTLE, Chiara LOMBARDI LEDGEWAY, Alison MEADOWS, Victoria MILLS, Valerie MORGAN, Ben MOSS, Jack MOSSOP, Martin PAYNE, Stuart PAYNE, Jenny PAYNE, P PEREIRA, Johnny QUARRIE, Megan RUDDLESDEN, James STOCKER, Beccy TAYLOR, Katie TWEEN, Lucius VELLACOTT

Finally, a gentle reminder that the park relies on donations, a large chunk of which come from parking. I’ve just invested in a parking permit and would highly recommend them – you can buy them online here https://www.miltoncountrypark.org/parking An annual pass works out at £1.82 per week so if you’re a regular parkrunner (or if you just want an easy way to donate to the park whilst not having to worry about finding £2.50 in cash early on a Saturday morning) it makes sense.

Until next parkrunday,

Katie