383 The wet, wedding day parkrun

Durham parkrun - run report, event 383 - wriiten by Mrs Katie Chaganis (nee Davison - The Bride)

This will probably be recorded as the wettest parkrun known to man and not only that but it was mine and Matthew’s wedding day. IMG_8921 IMG_8932

Ever since I joined the parkrun family back in November 2015 parkrun has became a huge part of my life and my wedding day wasn’t going to change that.

The heavens opened and everyone was soaked but that didn’t stop the 226 brave parkrunner’s not to forget the 28 volunteers that made the parkrun possible!

The last Saturday of the month at Durham parkrun is pacing week, which helped 20 people managed a PB. Maybe it was the fact they just wanted to get out of the rain so they dashed around the course. Well done to all of you.

Also well done to the fantastic 4 people that did parkrun for the first time, you smashed it and I hope your next parkrun is slightly less damp!

I started with my husband to be (who also wore a veil) a few groomsmen and my best park running friends and we all stuck together throughout the event. It was such a special 5k. Thank you to everyone who ran past shouting out ‘congratulations’ and my personal favourite ‘are you crazy’, which maybe we were, slightly.

Thank you to the Co-op who were at the finish giving out healthy swap boxes. It was a welcome treat.

As for the wedding, the rain didn’t stop, sadly. But it was the best day ever. And at least the parkrun warm up meant that running for shelter during photos I didn’t pull a muscle! I’m already looking forward to parkrun next week. Hopefully I’ll see you all there.

So onto the stats.

This week 226 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Colin EVERSON • Laura JACKSON • Ken BRADSHAW • Helen HACKETT • John ROBSON • Michael BOYLE • Judith BUMBY • Jane BAILLIE • Clare CLISH • Lisa HARDY • Simon GRAHAM • Antony CLISH • Robert SCHOFIELD • David CASE • Neil JENNINGS • Elaine JENNINGS • Jill YOUNG • Struan JACKSON • Katie DAVISON • John Paul HARDY • James PARKER • David COWELL • David TAYLOR-GOOBY • Annie LOPEZ • Val HANCOCK • John CRAGGS • Fay GIBSON • Mark GIBSON

The male record is held by Dan GARBUTT who recorded a time of 15:12 on 17th March 2012 (event number 32).

The female record is held by Jennifer WALSH who recorded a time of 16:31 on 26th May 2012 (event number 42).

The Age Grade course record is held by Val NAYLOR who recorded 97.65% (24:50) on 16th June 2018 (event number 329).

Durham parkrun started on 13th August 2011. Since then 13,542 participants have completed 109,757 parkruns covering a total distance of 548,785 km, including 18,968 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,146 individuals have volunteered 9,409 times.