Chester parkrun #72

Whenever we get a period of heavy rain the local flood plains fill and there is always the risk of having to move to the reserve course.  Not only that, but even when we run our normal course the cross country section can get quite boggy.  In the end we decided to go with our usual 5k trip and our 243 runners all made it round.

We had some additional visitors in the form of parkrun sponsors Co-op.  They handed out some refreshments, vouchers and goodies and we hope that everyone was able to take advantage of the freebies.

Chester parkrun number 72 was notable for the following milestones:

Adam Baines - junior 10 run milestone.

Neil Lewis - 50 run milestone.

James Thomas - 100 run milestone.

Many congratulations to you all.

We would like to clarify a couple of points that some have asked about:

Use of the A or B course.  We follow a very hard line with this one - where possible we will always try to run on our main course, even if it is a bit muddy.  We will always do our best to ensure that we can safely default to our main 5k route unless it is dangerous to do so.  The decision sits with the Run Director on the day with perhaps a little input from the Event Director, and this decision should be respected.

Co-op presence.  We have asked why we allowed the Co-op to come and enjoy free publicity and yet other commercial enterprises are not.  The short answer is that this is a parkrun sponsorship deal that we are honouring and this is a directive from parkrun hq.  Other commercial companies are not encouraged to use parkrun to promote themselves in line with the parkrun ethos.  Co-op are helping to keep parkrun in the black!

See you all again soon and #DFYB


Chester parkrun #69

Brian - the storm called Brian...

Well Brian came along this weekend and rearranged the garden furniture up and down the land.  Heavy rain brought concerns of a need to move to the reserve course, but in the end we were able to go ahead and stick with the usual trip around the Countess of Chester Country Park.  The weather managed to behave itself, mostly, and 244 parkrunners from near and far (including St Petersburg) were not put off.

So we would like to say thank you and many congratulations to those 27 first timers to Chester - we hope you enjoyed it enough to come back again.  Many congratulations also to the 41 of you who managed a PB - always a good moment.

17 of our parkrunners were taking on their very first parkrun.  we hope they all enjoyed it enough to keep the habit going - it does rather become addictive - just ask Steve Jolly who was taking part in his 213th parkrun!

As this was the weekend of Storm Brian, it makes sense to mention our one Brian that we had causing a storm in Chester:

Brian Wilderspin came in at 27:02 on his 5th parkrun.

No milestones this week, so it just remains for me to thank everyone for coming along and taking part, our amazing volunteers who keep us going and the Little Brian pub, oops, I meant the Little Owl pub, for keeping us in tea and sausage sandwiches.

See you all again next week and DFYB.

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