Event #395 really was an absolute cracker... and we have a fabulous run report to compliment it kindly written by parkrun tourist Shona, who joined us from Burgess parkrun in London.
After accidentally tackling one of the hillier parkruns in Nottingham last time I was here, I sought advice on which would be a good course for me to try next. Luckily your very own Iris PEEL dropped into Burgess the week before I was due to travel (serendipitous given it's about 130 miles away!) and told me that Colwick was flat, fun and friendly. I am pleased to confirm that Iris is as honest as they come and Colwick delivered on each of those three things in spades.
As well as me, another 43 first-timers ran, walked and jogged around Colwick Country Park for Event #395. Out of us 44, 20 were doing their first ever parkrun. A warm welcome to the parkrun family! Same time next week? #DFYB
One of the other first-time tourists to Colwick was super speedy Oliver CROCKER from Rutland Water, who not only joined the 10 Club but picked up an all-time PB with an impressive 23:07. Well done, Oliver! Now that's how to make the most of a Saturday morning.
And yet the celebrations didn't stop there - it was wonderful to see so many local legends hitting milestones too, with plenty of cake, fruit and smiles to go round.
Firstly, massive congratulations to Gary FOX and Jillian BOURGEOIS, who both joined the 250 Club. There are only another 4,678 other people around the world who have managed to hit such an epic total. You're both going to look amazing in green!
Next, Marlon DUNKLEY and Claire DUNKLEY both joined the 100 club. They may not originally have thought parkrun was for them, but 200 parkruns and 86 volunteer stints between them, and 17 different events later, it's safe to say Marlon and Claire are absolutely sold on the concept now. Well done not only on achieving this milestone, but doing it together!
Finally, Sean HENRY, Dean BAILEY, Martin SEVIOUR, Christian THORNE, Mackenzie FOX and Lisa FOX all joined the 50 Club, earning their first parkrun milestone t-shirt. Absolutely sterling work all of you - here's to the next milestone! Read more about milestone clubs here.
Out of the 22 brilliant PBs this week, particular congratulations go to Julie BRAILSFORD, Aaron JUSKA-BOWES, Nathaniel GILBERTSON and Jon POTTER who have only ever run, walked and jogged at Colwick parkrun and have become consistently faster every single week since starting their parkrun journey. Tremendous PB streak, very well done all of you. Jon was on my heels all the way round the course and I can vouch that he absolutely smashed it!
Event #395 was was made possible thanks to these volunteers:
Kevin BOWEN • Shona BARKER • HOOD • Helen HOOD • Finlay HOOD • Andrew PHILLIPS • Stephen SHANKS • Clare LANE • Andy PARSONS • Oscar WYSZYNSKI • Jacques SARAZIN • Grace PHILLIPS • Iain HICKMAN • Josh MCGINLEY • Abigail CAST • James HICKMAN • Melissa WYSZYNSKI • Tim SORRELL • Caitlin SORRELL • Sandy WATERLOW • Niki WARD • Callista READ • Tina HOLLAND • Jon FOX • Philip SORRELL • Sarah PASCALL • Rosa BEE
Unofficial thanks also to Hilary MCHUGH, who hit her fastest time since October, shaving nearly 4 minutes off her time from last week. I'm sure another PB is just around the corner with a marked improvement like that. Hilary kindly drove me to Daleside Cafe afterwards for a post-parkrun brew. My, you lot are a friendly bunch at Colwick! It was lovely to chat to so many of you!
If you'd like to volunteer - not to be my chauffeur but to put on a hi-vis vest and become a parkrun hi-vis hero - just email firstname.lastname@example.org with which week you'd like to volunteer. The volunteer coordinator will be delighted to hear from you. You can see the current state of the volunteer roster here.
A full set of results from today's very special event can be found here.
From Burgess with love,
What a great report to polish off a magnificent parkrunday. Thanks Shona!
Still not had enough... check out our parkrun family on the Colwick parkrun Flickr group, many uploaded by the very talented Andrew Phillips.
Until next week... when we will see you at the bell #loveparkrun