You can always tell how windy a a Falklands parkrun was by the personal bests. The Falkland Islands generally has strong winds, normally coming from the West, this can make for a very easy first half and a struggle home, in our East/West out and back route. Seldom do I pass the airport windsocks and see anything but a strong wind.
But on the 12 December, we had a moderate breeze and the times reflected this. Out of a field of 26 runners we recorded 11 personal bests and a first timer. 9 out of the top 10 all recorded a PB, including an excellent Brendon Lee, who set a personal milestone of 18:21, a few seconds off the course record. Two weeks previously, in much harder conditions, his time was two minutes longer. The weather makes a huge difference.
Beyond the times, the weather here tells us very little from a parkrun perspective, I've never been able to attribute the weather to attendance figures, but it is nice for the volunteers to be able to stand around in the (relative) warmth and chat without shouting.
Next week will be the last parkrun before Christmas, and people are encouraged to run in fancy dress (Santa hats, Christmassy leggings, etc.) and we'll be adding some festive touches around the course. So an excellent opportunity to bring children for the first time.
In other news, there will be no Christmas Day or New Years Day parkrun, it was felt that with both days falling on a Friday, they were only a day from the regular parkrun, which will be happening as normal!
Special thanks to the volunteers as always. A special shout out to Keith Bennett, who volunteered to hand out tokens after completing his run!
If you're interested in volunteering, please contact us, we are always looking for new volunteers.