#51. The one with the Real Madrid Football Camp

Bright eyed and bushy tailed . . . at least I’d like to be on a Saturday morning, bouncing like the proverbial Tigger on my way to parkrun. A combination of too many dark chocolate buttons the night before, and a very early start (thanks to my 5 year old who was over excited about her school fair) meant I was feeling decidedly less perky than normal. As I walked up across Oaklands Park, I noticed the course already laid out (thanks to our volunteer set up team) and as I got closer to the finish funnel, I could see a steady stream of parkrunners making their way to the briefing point. There was a palpable sense of energy and enthusiasm in the air – I think the glorious blue sky and sunshine helped. Our Run Director Ian briefed us, and we were soon set and ready for the off.

This week there was a huge turnout with 156 runners – is this a record? I’m always impressed that we’re regularly attracting first timers (33 today) and tourists (I didn’t count) each week to parkrun – clearly our reputation precedes us!

A selection of stats from this week:

First male finisher: James Baker

First female finisher: Sarah Loy

Despite the heat there were 29 PB’s – well done to everyone! And thanks to those clapping us along the way – your encouragement really does help.

My choice of aesthetically pleasing time of the week goes to Samuel Herbert with a time of 24:12 (because 12 x 2 makes 24!)

In the weekly parkrun newsletter, it says: Many thanks to each and every volunteer who has helped make parkrun happen. You always have been the stars of parkrun – long may you sparkle. I think that really sums it up - our volunteers are really important and without them there simply wouldn’t be a parkrun. Drum roll please – this week’s volunteers were Richard ACTON, Dave BARTY, David BUTLER, Catherine CANNON, Robert DE LACY, Margaret ENSTONE, Aaron INGLETHORPE, David LOY, Robert MALLETT, David MCCLEAN, Lis PESKETT, Ian ROBERTSON, Tracy SKINNER, Graham TIMSON, Ben WOOD, Lynette WOODWARD If you fancy joining the team occasionally, please do get in touch – we’re a fun and friendly bunch. I’m feeling a bit more sparkly myself now . . . . and looking forward to the next parkrun.

Catherine CANNON

Thanks Catherine for your (once again brilliant) run report, and yes, other than our inaugural run, 156 is a new record! It was lovely to see the boys and girls from the Real Madrid Football camp and the summer camp who are staying at the University but all registered to come along to the parkrun while they are here.

See you all next week, Ian ROBERTSON