I like to start our parkrun morning with a bit of friendly banter with other volunteers predicting todays turnout numbers. My 189 was only one away from the 190 of you, giving it all on our fabulous hilly, narrow pathed course. (pat on my back)
We had a whopping 44 of you tasting Clair for the first time and 11 braving their first ever parkrun. From far and near you came: Ardingly, Bushy, London, Horsham, Egypt, Suffolk, Hampstead Heath, Devon, Halifax and Italy. A well travelled bunch who we hope will return and once again take on our multi lap mountainous challenge.
Congratulations to David Russell (100) and John Samson (50). It takes a lot to reach these numbers so wear those teeshirts with pride.
What struck me today were the number of people who have managed to achieve a high number of parkruns whilst have also achieved their 25 Volunteering teeshirts. David Woodhouse (181), Ian Dumbrell (241) Pete Francis (170), David Joseph Simmons (283) Peter Morrison (179), Jane Harbage (210), Karen Catmur (221), Claire Jones (186), Maureen Rea (181) and Louise Johnston (172). These and many other volunteers have contributed immensely to parkrun, to enable its occurrence every Saturday morning for which we all are very thankful. It shows that volunteering can, work alongside achieving participation in the event itself. And, who doesn’t like wearing a bit of fluorescent every now and then!!!
In my time as volunteer I have seen many juniors tackle this course, and finish still smiling while parents have sunk to their knees in pure exhaustion. It's incredible now to see the likes of Harvey Alcock and Sam Fernley, as tall as the adults around them and running just as fast and even faster. They are amazing to me and think how wonderful it must be to grow up in a world where parkrun has always been part of their lives. Their sprinting finishes almost sweeps you off your feet.
We had plenty of competators competing to make up one or two places and giving that last metre a final push, (it all counts) and plenty of high fives, yes! Its not just the juniors who do this. Plenty were missed but many kept trying on subsequent laps with success.
And of course there is the fact that you all got up, out of bed and arrived to the start line on time (well, most of you). I’m sure you all worked hard and on a very warm morning. But peeking at the STATs, none worked harder than Louis Taub who achieved 73% in age grading and Antonia Boxall 70.68%. Phenomenal.
So hopefully some will have had some memorable moments today and you continue to have a great week.
Theresa : Run Director