The grey and drizzly days are the most important days to be at parkrun, I think, because if there isn't sunshine in the sky, well you just have to make your own. So well done to the 391 people who both made it to the park and walked, ran or jogged this week, and to the 42 volunteers who made it possible, safe, and really enjoyable despite uninspiring weather. Thank you - you all brightened up my Saturday!
A big thank you, as ever, to this week's volunteers: Adam TAPLEY, Andrew BURGE, Andrew PARKER, Anette LAVER, Bev MISIK, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Carly HILLS, Catriona COLE, Chris JONES, Dylan RUNHAM, Emma GREAVES, Florence TWEEN, Gary COLE, Geoff MEADS, Guy HILLS, Jackie TOMLINSON, James STOCKER, Joanna HARRALL, Kristy GUNERATNE, Lauren GREAVES, Martin Daniel HORROD, Mary HOLMES, Mary MITCHELL, Megan PARKER, Mike DIFRANCO, Mike PITT, Natasha MICHAEL, Pamela ABBOTT, Paul BEASTALL, Paul BELZAR, Ricky MITCHELL, Robin JONES, Sabine BUCHHOLZ, Sally STEWART, Sheila CAYTON, Steve BUCHAN, Stewart AITKEN, Stuart PAYNE, Susan HORROD, Tony TOMLINSON, Vicky LARMOUR, and Wendy JOHNSON.
There were quite a few additional safety notes at this week's pre-run briefing, but it was all explained very clearly and the run itself seemed to go smoothly, though it was certainly one to be careful with underfoot. Encouragement around the course was enthusiastic - we even had a very energetic dancing marshal in one place inspiring us all to keep going as we got towards the end, and the friendly welcome at the finish funnel is always appreciated. If you want to run or walk 5k, this is a great way to keep up the motivation to do it and finish, and if you want to join the volunteers in one of the forthcoming weeks (and work towards the 25V T shirt you may have seen!), it's really easy - you just send an email (email@example.com) to sign up.
There seemed to be a good crowd of new runners and walkers flocking to Geoff MEADS's first timers briefing when I looked. I count 52 on the results list, not including those without a barcode. Quite a few were on their first ever parkrun (hurray!), while some were tourists visiting from other parkruns. A warm welcome to all from near and far (lovely to see runners from Coldham's Common at one extreme and Australia at the other!). A special shout out to two members of the 250 club (Susan Bannocks and Simon Narracott), and to Andrzej Balicki who managed a 83.74% age grading on his first run here!
When there are puddles at Cambridge, we're advised to run straight through them. Changing speed and direction around puddles can catch out the people running just behind you and can cause accidents, so be bold! My friend Claire, who is wise, says you should always aim to get your feet wet as fast as possible on a puddle day, since once they're already wet you don't worry about getting them wet and it's easy to run through the puddles. If you need inspiration, turn up for a Sunday 2k junior parkrun (10am Sundays) as the children there are brilliant at puddles (just stand well back if they're running past!).
Well done to those who got a PB this time. Amongst you there was Leslie Lawrence who achieved a PB on his 50th run, Tony Lloyd on his first sub-24, Andrew Mason on his first sub-26, Ben Summers and Fergus Flemmin, who both got PB's on their 25th parkruns, Georgina Mason on her second PB in a row and Jess Bond on her third PB in a row. Well done also to those who ran the fastest they have for ages or got higher-than-normal age grading - those are really hard for me to pick up in the results but I hope you gave yourself a pat on the back.
I quite like how depending on where you are, you can often run and spectate at the same time on our course. Did you see the speedies at the front? It looks like there were some fun cluster efforts this time, with Adam Tapley only 4 secs ahead of Thomas Barnes for his 15th first finish, and Olivia Baker, Katherine Hymers and Charlotte East all finishing within a second around 19.39, along with Zak Smith on his third PB in a row. Meanwhile, watch out for those juniors! Kieran Birch earned first JM11-15 with a well-judged 1 second PB (those are the best if you want lots of PB Saturdays!). Saioa Galvin was on her first run at Cambridge but still managed to be first JW11-15. And then there were some fun times: for those who enjoy symmetry Anna Kirkham got 20:02, Laurence Cooper got 21:12 and James Bearpark bagged 23:32. Nice.
I did some counting and ignoring the unknowns:
We have 232 males and 159 females on the results.
We had 7 runners & walkers over the age of 65 and 14 who are 10 or under.
50 participants have done less than 5 parkruns (after Saturday's run) while 12 have done more than 300.
While 21 people did their very first parkrun this week, only 7 were on their second parkrun (come on, you 21 new parkrunners - you can beat that)
We only had 3 JW15-17's (kudos to Amy Cope, Lily Saxton, Minnie Govett) but we had 27 VM45-49's and 29 VM40-44's (well done Stephen Cuthbert and Andrew Chapman for being fastest of the largest categories).
After the run we drifted to barcode scanning and the cafe area (if not the playpark!). At this time of year the indoor cafe and toilets are a very useful facility for warm and dry post-run natter and tea.
Let's do it again next week! Thanks for reading,