Another beautiful day in Milton Country Park – but definitely autumnal. Glad so many of you made it out to help celebrate International parkrun Day. What started out as a friendly get-together 14 years ago has now reached over 1 600 parks in 20 countries and the 5 millionth registered athlete (the ‘A’ in your barcode!) last week. I’ve been running at Cambridge parkrun since 2010 (event number 6 with 93 runners!) and it is amazing to see how parkrun has grown, with so many people willing to volunteer their time to put on a free, weekly run for anyone who turns up.
We had 51 volunteers this week, thank you all! These were: Brieuc LEHMANN, Diane POTTER, Ann TAYLOR, Steven ANDERSON, Helen HENRY, Joseph PHILIP, Richard MOORE, James STOCKER, Stephen HOWARD, Michaela JOYSEY, Andrew PARKER, Mary HOLMES, Jonathon MARSH, Duncan WISBEY, Pamela ABBOTT, Caroline Alice MEAD, Tom LINDFIELD, Maria MARTIN, Richard MARTIN, Steven FLEET, Isobel HOGG, Karl JONES, Trev NICHOLL, Fiona MACDONALD, Anita FURLONG, Jenny PAYNE, Geoff MEADS, Brent SWANN-AUGER, Ricky MITCHELL, Mary MITCHELL, Jan HOLMES, Pauline KNIGHTON, Jonathan RAWLINSON, Leon ZAKRZEWSKI, Owen GIBSON, Gary HOWELL, Clare DOWNIE, Gemma WATT, Bob PEACOCK, Jo HEAL, Jill NOBLE, Stuart PAYNE, Matthew FAUPEL, Thomas FAUPEL, Anna TUKE, Sarah KINSTON, Zach FLEET, Andrew CORBETT, Thomas BURKE, David WYATT and Jessica ROOKE.
There were 376 of you getting round our course today. Welcome to the 42 of you who were first-timers, hope you enjoyed your visit. It was pacing week and 66 of you have shiny new PBs – well done!
One of the first-timers was Joseph Smith, who was fastest to the finish in 16:33 – glad he didn’t get lost! He was followed by Johannes Arens and Cameron Ackroyd. For the ladies, Helen Barry came in at 20:06, followed by Rachel Porter and Sian James. The highest age grading was achieved by Mary Holmes – 85.15%! (One can only dream…).
Two runners completed their 50th runs today – Marcel Weiss and Paul Feetenby. Only 50 more to the next milestone!
Aesthetically pleasing times were achieved by Jonathan Rawlinson 20:02, Rachel Porter 20:20, Alex Lock 21:12, Jonathan Davies 22:22, Brian White 23:45, James Joseph O’Neill 24:24, Mark Buitelaar 24:42, Paul Feetenby and Alistair Day 25:25, Vicky Butt 27:27, Jennifer Turner 28:28 and Gianluca Savini 32:32.
A request from the core team – please use the new route back to the café for scanning, and not go over the steps to the Remembrance Meadow. We had a few runners walking around, over/under the tape today.
Finally, Milton Country Park are having their Autumn festival tomorrow. Please go along and support the park – this is one of their major fundraising events of the year. Their website has further information on the activities, stalls and band line-up - https://www.miltoncountrypark.org/autumnfestival/
See you next week!