May the 4th be with you….. Durham parkrun 372

Wow, well where do I start with one of the busiest Durham parkruns we have ever had.

The sun was shining as 570 of you ran, jogged and walked around our course yesterday. We welcomed visitors from Lemmington, Fountains Abby and the parkrun mecca of Bushy.

We had some very special celebrations at Durham parkrun yesterday. Angus Graham, who was our 30 min pacer yesterday kept it very quiet that is was his 60th Birthday yesterday, he was serenaded with Happy Birthday as he finished!

Our lovely tail walkers Neil and Elaine Jennings were celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary (suitably dressed in wedding attire), and crossed the line to a rather special guard of honour as they came down the finish funnel.

Now to the reality, where do I start.... every RD worse nightmare you have 200 + extra runners than normal on your week. It is a week like this where you really see the parkrun community pull together. As the runners started coming across the line it was clear things were busier than normal. The finish line volunteers were amazing! Each and everyone (many of who were volunteering for the first time) worked so hard and I cannot thank you enough. Things were hectic, we had over 500 runners over the finish line in less that 34 minutes. I looked up and without been asked some 10+ regular Durham parkrunners stepped up and were funnel managing, barcode scanning with the virtual app, token collecting and literally holding me together. I am not going to lie, at this I shed a few tears.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your patience, your help and your very very kind messages. From the bottom of my heart you put the smile back on my face.

The volunteers listed below, thank you to each and everyone of you, true high vis heroes!

John HUTCHINSON • Mark HERKES • Katherine HAY-HEDDLE • Angus GRAHAM • Paul Andrew BEAL • Nicola WHYTE • Nick LATHAM • Simon GRAHAM • Antony CLISH • Robert SCHOFIELD • Ellie HOOPER • Gary COULTER • Debbie JONES • Neil WILSON • David CASE • Neil JENNINGS • Elaine JENNINGS • Jill YOUNG • Peter TELFORD • Katie DAVISON • Deborah TAYLOR • Andrew CAREY • Annie LOPEZ • Annette DAVIDSON • Val HANCOCK • Christine PURCELL • Julie WILMORE • John CRAGGS • Emily FAWELL

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Durham parkrun Results Page.