I am Sparta!

Chippenham parkrun
Event number 303
22nd February 2020

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The day dawned on another wet and windy Saturday, and as I approached the meeting point, I wasn’t sure we’d have many turn up. As I got closer, I could make out the figure of someone in costume, someone had come dressed as a Spartan soldier to mark his 300th parkrun, being none other than our volunteer coordinator Andrew (Leonidus) Nicholson, complete with spear and helmet. Not one for drawing attention to himself much, his achievement nearly went unannounced, had it not been for big mouth (me) drawing it to the attention of the run director. Andrew has possibly accumulated the largest number of kilometres in his parkrun travels, having completed many of them in his native Australia and having completed over 50 unique parkruns in the UK and Australia. Great achievement Beardy! Other milestones today were:

As always, the crowds gathered with minutes to spare, and there was a glimmer of blue sky as we set off and the rain didn’t return. The course today though was deliciously muddy on the meadow, with some large puddles on the gravel path to divert around or splash through, making it fairly hard going. As tailwalker, I didn’t achieve a bad time today though of 45:18, which is relatively speedy for the conditions. 191 braved the conditions today.

Other stats: 6 runners achieved a personal best. There were 9 first timers to parkrun and 24 visitors from other parkruns. Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers who made this event happen.

Thank you for reading the report, my first foray into this particular role..

Nicola James