Well the first parkrun of summer* certainly delivered a classic sunny, hot by 9am day and 535 of you turned out to enjoy three laps around Cambridge’s finest country park. 23 people chose this week to complete their first ever parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family; we hope you’ll be back again soon.
Run Director Neil kicked things off with the briefing – among the usual announcements, he told us about a new parkrun that we are hoping to launch in Fulbourn. If you would like to be involved and especially if you would consider being part of the core team, then there is a public meeting at Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre on Wednesday 5th June from 7pm. On a related note, a few people this week mentioned that our course felt crowded and one runner reported that she had been pushed out of the way: this is clearly unacceptable. New parkruns will help a little bit in keeping our attendance figures in check, but historically we’ve found that after the initial dip, our numbers start to rise again. Whilst we genuinely love welcoming everyone to parkrun, it is only sustainable if all parkrunners of all paces respect the twisty nature of the course and more importantly, each other. On our course, everybody is going to either lap other runners, be lapped, or both, so please keep left unless you are overtaking and listen out for friendly warnings.
Three runners celebrated their 50th parkrun this week; congratulations to Chris Creasey, Georgina Thorpe and Jill Ede. Georgina was joined by her Dad David Thorpe who was running his 100 th run – well done on managing the logistics of the double celebration; we look forward to seeing you in your new club tshirts soon (and thank you for the celebrations chocolates)! Finally, we had two parkrunners joining the much coveted 250 club – congratulations to Stuart Woolf and Hope Hutchison. An extra special thanks and well done to Hope as she also completed her 100 th stint of volunteering at Cambridge parkrun (she has volunteered many more times in total when you include her regular appearances at Cambridge juniors and more recently Coldhams but we think 100 at Cambridge alone is pretty amazing). Hope has been a regular fixture at Cambridge parkrun since 2011 and we have her and her mum to thank for the brownies that were distributed afterwards. On to the run itself and first to finish was Joseph Smith in a blistering 15.40. First lady was Olivia Baker running a new PB of 19.07 on her 41st parkrun – congratulations Olivia. Other notable PBs were set by Gemma Thompson who knocked over 30 seconds off her previous best and Elena Chiculita who is clearly on a run of form this year as this was her 8th PB of the year and she’s taken over 10 minutes off her first ever run. We welcomed runners from 41 different running clubs including the Longstanton Limpers who brought 7 runners and 1 volunteer as part of their club outing. Looking at the results we had tourists from Suffolk, Tonbridge, Nottingham, Newark and Birmingham and probably many more who aren’t club members – I didn’t spot any visitors from abroad this week but I’m sure that’ll change as tourist season properly gets going.
Thank you to all the volunteers this week, including our lovely pacing team who I am sure helped with the many PBs that were set. Pacing week will be back on the first Saturday in July so let us know nearer the time if you fancy having a go.
Until next parkrunday,