It’s been a peculiar last set of days. Our friends in other parkrun countries ended up with their run cancelled… and friends were completing 5k runs, either freedom runs on parkrun courses or on roof terraces from lockdown. For now it’s keep hands washed and be sensible in the UK, but check on facebook before setting out on a Saturday.
Chalkwell Beach is a prom run. That means, for visitors, that it will always be windy. It’s an out and back (stay left at all times) with just one turn near the pier. There are toilets near the start and the café for a coffee afterwards near the station. Parking near the seafront is paid, but it’s possible to park in town for free… or let the train take the strain.
The start was slightly delayed as there were lots of thank yous to do. Big thank yous to The Rotary club of Leigh and to the Finish Line Fund for their financial assistance. Thank you very much to James Duddridge and the local councillors for their support.
We also made sure to thank our awesome volunteers, Len MARTEN, Lloyd RICHARDSON, Donna RICHARDSON, Paula MARTEN, Carol Anne ELLIS, Kieran MOTE, Mark SAMUELS, Gary PARR, Helen MARRIOTT, Debbie DOCHERTY, Peter GOLDRING, Harriet WHITE, Diane BEAVER, Darren LOCK, Helen EAGER, Claire KILCOYNE, Helen TABOR, Bob SPORLE, Julia CANNON, Jess ELLIS, Tabby BARRY, Mike SLADE, Annabel BARRY, Abbi WILKINS, Dave PEATREE. It was a cold morning, threatening proper rain but only drizzling slightly during the actual parkrun; coats, scarves, hats and gloves are the order of the day. March traditionally comes in like a lamb and out like a lion… and a prom will always accentuate the breezy side of life so wrap up with care.
Once the thank yous were done we lined up in an approximate finsh time order and trotted off down to the pier. There are lots of lovely distractions on the way to the turn, and awesome marshals making sure we got back as quickly as we were able to. There were pirates, and racing snakes, walkers and chatters. It was a lovely atmosphere and it made for a great morning.
It’s a new parkrun so there are more interesting results than at more established parkruns. There were 13 first timers enjoying their first ever parkrun. Welcome and do come back. There were 77 new PBs which, in the rather cold weather was lovely. While all PBs are special, there were seven very special PBs, for parkrunners who have managed to improve their times over all three of the first parkruns. Very well done to Chris WEBSTER, Matt WILLIAMS, Oliver COOPER, Dan JONES, Ronald VIALLS, Sharon HOOD and Steve REYNOLDS. Can you do it next time?
To the results. Well done to the 331 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 207 were first timers. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.
Today’s runniest runner was Danny NORMAN – host of the With Me Now parkrun podcast. Do listen next week on https://withmenow.libsyn.com/ to hear his report.