Cambridge parkrun #510 Wholly expected puddles in the parkrun area

Today the truly amazing Cambridge parkrun community came together for the first instalment of a one in 28 year opportunity to run or volunteer or a mixture of the both on 5 parkrundays (formerly known as Saturdays) in February.

As has become traditional, we celebrated with puddles. Not as large or as numerous as has been known but still some pretty good ones for jumping in and joyfully splashing or (as is shamefully my technique) hoping there will be enough room at the edges to keep alive the hope of dry feet for the other 4.5k of the run. This week’s prize for the most energetically joyful puddle splashing goes to 5 year old Arlo Kett, though he may have regretted getting quite so wet in what often seems like the never-ending second big lap.

In the week after the celebrations for our 10 th birthday, it was a little quieter with 416 people running, jogging or walking (or a bit of all three). We were delighted to welcome 50 people who came to our parkrun for the first time ever – we hope you’ll be back – and kudos to the two people, Keith Davidson and Jenifer Prettyman who made the tricky decision to come back for a second time, we hope it becomes a happy habit as it has for so many of us.

Congratulations to the amazing 44 people who, despite aforementioned puddles and a still considerable amount of slippery mud, set new personal bests. Our first finishers, Chris Darling and Olivia Baker, were both from Cambridge and Coleridge Athletics Club, one of the 28 clubs represented this week. Another notable effort from the club this week came from Neil Tween who popped in an 18.56 parkrun in 9 th position in the middle of a 20 mile run.

Meanwhile in Vienna today another Cambridge parkrunner, Thomas Keen, also from Cambridge and Coleridge AC, broke the British U20 Indoor Record for 1500m by over a second in a time of 3.41.44. If Tom could keep that up for a whole 5k he’d take a few minutes off our course record. Well done to all our super speedy people and equally well done to everyone who came out today and made it round our marvellous course.

Our highest age grade score of the day at 81.60% was set by our age grade course record holder Mary Holmes, whose record of 95.81% (26:15) dates back to 12th April 2014. She was narrowly ahead of Jim Stocker whose impressive time of 22.10 in the VM70-74 age category and 80.53% score gained him second place in the age grade results for the day. Jim and Mary are regular volunteers at both ends of the run with Jim and Mary very frequently setting up the course before the run and equally frequently Jim putting all the signs away and Mary sorting the tokens after the run is over.

If you want to feel that warm glow of having done something amazing for your fellow runners on a Saturday morning, do get in touch via the email cambridge@parkrun.com. We’d also love you to opt in to receive volunteer emails so we can share the volunteering
opportunities available. Here’s the list of this week’s awesome 36 Hi-Viz heroes:

Una MANNU • Helen HENRY • Marky THOMAS • Beccy TAYLOR • James STOCKER • Paul CRUSH • Sarah DAY • Katie TWEEN • Mary HOLMES • Adam TAPLEY • Anita JOYSEY • Matthew SEWELL • Pamela ABBOTT • Caroline Alice MEAD • Jo MCGOWAN • Mike PITT • Nicola BUCKLEY • Chris ROGERS • Jenny PAYNE • Geoff MEADS • Brent SWANN-AUGER • Wendy JOHNSON • Jack MOSSOP • Sally STEWART • Sheila CAYTON • Jill NOBLE • Rachael SEYMOUR • Andrew BUTCHER • Chris HARRIS • Liz BIRD • Elizabeth STOREY • Valerie MORGAN • Jen LITTLE • Rowland THOMAS • Helen HUMPHREYS • Florence TWEEN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Cambridge parkrun Results Page.