Chippenham parkrun Event 229

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 229
6th October 2018

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Today was International parkrun Day and parkrun celebrated its 14th birthday and its 5 millionth registered parkrunner this week.

It was cold, it was wet and it was a miserable start to the day, it wasn’t too bad as we were setting up, then it started to spit, then drizzle. I delivered my quickest pre run brief ever to the 152 brave souls who vacated their warm comfortable beds early to have the pleasure of running, jogging and walking round the park. Then came the rain – the relentless rain and there was no escaping it. 19 soggy wet runners achieved PBs to ensure they could get home to the warm and dry as soon as possible. We welcomed 5 first timers to parkrun and 13 visitors from other parkruns.

First up this week I must thank the wonderful volunteers who braved the conditions and got soaked through for the privilege of doing so. A special mention must be given to John Belcher for taking this weeks photos in the rain. The others that we are grateful to are;

Chris HUNT • Ollie CAMPBELL • Neil ADDISON • Andrew NICHOLSON • Gary IBBOTSON • Jeff KIRK • Elizabeth BARNETT • Neil BENTLEY • Travis ARCHER • Selby ARCHER • Julia MADDOCKS • Giles ARCHER • Debbie WILLIAMS • Valerie LIGHT • Ian MOORE • Julie BEAN • Nicola LOWTHER • Jules PEARSON • Julia MANNERING • Becky O'BRIEN • Jinnette SMITH • Zachary SMITH • Noah SMITH • Rita LINDSAY • Beren WALKER • Dougal CAMPBELL • John BELCHER • Nicola JOHNSON • Julia COOK • Catherine HARRIS • Ben HARRIS

Congratulations to Mark Briggs for achieving his 100th parkrun milestone. Mark started running here in April 2014 and has completed 80 of those 100 runs here at Chippenham.
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Congratulations also go to Megan Hughes for completing her 10th parkrun milestone. Megan has been running here since December 2016 and has completed 9 of the 10 parkruns here at Chippenham.

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I may have mentioned how soggy and wet it was today so here are some of my favourite photos of bedraggled runners who have all managed to muster a smile. See you all next week

Jules

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Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Chippenham parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Amy CHALK who recorded a time of 18:43 on 20th December 2014 (event number 34).
The male record is held by Simon NOTT who recorded a time of 15:22 on 6th May 2017 (event number 158).
The Age Grade course record is held by Mike DOOLEY who recorded 84.48% (17:11) on 7th February 2015 (event number 43).

Chippenham parkrun started on 12th April 2014. Since then 6,382 participants have completed 34,237 parkruns covering a total distance of 171,185 km, including 6,312 new Personal Bests.