We were expecting a slightly bigger flock* than usual as we welcomed Dulwich Park Runners and Beginnners from the DPR beginners course. Our previous record was around 245 parkrunners and our average flock is 142.4 so we could have anticipated maybe 230-250.
We are not sure what happened but an amazing 281 runners joined us.
Perhaps they had heard that Phil, the run director, had prepared a particularly theatrical and rousing intro?
Perhaps they had heard that the rhododendrons were looking their best?
Perhaps they just wanted to enjoy a run in the glorious Spring sunshine?
Whatever the reason they came, they ran and they excelled.
We also knew that there was a possibility that someone might have been our 5000th 'personal bester'. After last week we had had 4964 PBs so 36 was the target.............
So what were the highlights?
The 75 runners who were first timers
The 52 PBs (target of 5000 easily exceeded!)
Jason Flannery from Tilgate who joined Club 50
Our furthest-away tourist, Michael Nunn, whose home run is Torrens parkrun, Adelaide, Australia
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*Is there a collective noun for a 'flock' of parkrunners?