Well it was a record breaking day for parkrun in general – more than 164,000 participants nationwide, the most ever, and Charlotte Arter setting a new female record of 15:50 at Cardiff parkrun – so it was appropriate that it was a record breaking day for us too with our own highest attendance. An amazing 395 of you ran, jogged and walked your way around Castle Park. No doubt some of that was due to New Year’s Resolutions – which I hope you’ll maintain! – but we also welcomed a big group of Garden City Runners from Welwyn, as well as visitors from Belfast, Edinburgh, Barking and Billericay (sorry if I’ve missed anyone out!).
Danny Beazley was our first finisher in a new pb of 17:47, and Martha Hall was first female finisher in a time of 21:10.
Of course the event doesn’t happen without the volunteers who give their time, this week’s 24 hi-viz heroes were:
Oliver LAST • Chris CHEW • Matthieu MILITON • Melvyn GRIMWOOD • Christopher CONNELL • Harry MANSFIELD • Mairi MALCOLM • Rosemary NUGENT • Kobus SMITH • Helen GLENISTER • Sally HOUSE • Graham SMITH • Debbie FERGUSON • Rebecca SMITH • Sophie SMITH • Scott NUGENT • Sarah WEBBER • Alan SHINGLER • Margaret MITCHELL • Simon GARDNER • Judith ERICKSEN • Luca SANTOS SIMS • Alex HOWARD • Seth HUI
Do please look at the volunteer roster on the website and consider whether you could help us out over the next few weeks – none of the roles are very taxing and, if you need an extra incentive, you get half-price coffee at Pawel’s coffee cart!
There were a few milestones today: Keith Phillips ran his 100th parkrun; Grace Malcolm and Adam Shortland ran their 50th; and Harry Mansfield earned his 25th volunteer credit. Well done all!
That’s about it from me, I leave you in Francesca’s capable hands for next week.