In the spirit of support, inclusion and encouragement, parkrun across the UK joined up with the This Girl Can campaign to mark International Women’s Day this weekend. International Women’s Day was first marked in 1911 and is a day to celebrate the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women around the world.
In Clevedon, it was wonderful to see the all-female volunteer team and a sea of purple across our male and female participants. Why purple? Signifying justice and dignity, purple is the official colour of International Women’s Day.
The absence of a named storm was noticeable this weekend, and we were treated to excellent running conditions around the scenic course. This week 431 people walked, jogged, or ran the course including representatives from 34 different clubs. Our event has more females than males registered and today we had more females than males take part #TheseGirlsDid #IWD2020. The first timers briefing was crowded as we welcomed 115 first timers and tourists. 48 people (including 36 females) chose Clevedon as the place to complete their first ever parkrun – welcome all to the parkrun family, your Saturday mornings will never be the same again!
Today two juniors celebrated their tenth event – well done to Clara Finch and Mair Norman (Mair also set herself a new PB time in the process!), and Micheline Munro brought four of her fellow Wotton Trotters to Clevedon for the first time to celebrate her milestone 50th event. Get those t-shirts ordered!
The great conditions helped 125 people to record a new personal best time. Our first female finisher was Sofie Kent with a new PB time of 20:16, closely followed by Victoria Plummer completing her first Clevedon parkrun in 20:35, and Catherine Finch set herself a new PB of 21:13 as third female finisher. Our first male finisher was Sam Cotterell in a time of 16:14, followed by Robert Stewart with a time of 16:16, and Craig Pilkington with a new PB time of 17:24. Our most ‘parkruniest’ participant this week was Mel Gilbert of Stokes Striders Recreational Running Club, completing her 341st parkrun this morning.
Our event today was made possible by 27 volunteers, expertly led by Run Director duo Helen Easterbrook and Kristel McCartney, Kristel making her RD debut today and both doing a fantastic job of keeping us all safe and encouraging us all over the finish line. If you would like to volunteer at a future event please email: email@example.com with your parkrun ID ready. We look forward to seeing you next week. #dontforgetyourbarcode #EachForEqual
By Amy Baldwin