Event No 18 – 14 March 2020 (Written by Kay Shotton)
Today, 73 Parkrunners took on East Park. There was a calmness to today’s Parkrun, all storms had stayed away and potentially people too due to the uncertainty with the Coronavirus. However, the Parkrun community brought nothing but smiles, cheers and hi viz and whilst the course might be flat (with the occasional, mild undulation) the support certainly was not!
The Park is stunning to run or walk around and creates the perfect distraction to anyone red facing their way round 5km. If you are thinking about trying a Parkrun and are a little anxious, I can wholeheartedly recommend East Park. It strikes the balance of not being too sparse so you feel alone, and not too overcrowded to instil a feeling of being overwhelmed.
There were first timers and tourists amongst us today, and everyone brought their smiles as well as their trainers. This was my first time volunteering so apologies if the photographs aren’t up to scratch as that was me too!
The pre-start briefing was well humoured and informative following which everyone got stuck into the course and flew on by. I witnessed flying feet galore and no one was short of a smile, a thumbs up or a shout out. Some runners even clapped ME on their final lap. Very touching as it wasn’t me doing all the hard work, it was most definitely them! (but thanks guys, you know who you are!)
With all the awfulness going on in the world at the moment it was a pleasure to join in the Parkrun spirit and be part of something so positive, and I will 100% be back to volunteer again. Now, where's that rota?!
Run report written Kay Shotton.
This week 73 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:
Preston GRUNDY • Kay SHOTTON • Hazel SMALLMAN • Carol BAKER • Ken BAKER • Lee FARNELL • Mark BEECH • Alison JONES • Ken THOMAS • Helen OWEN • Cath TAYLOR • Elizabeth BEARDSMORE • Sarah FARNELL • Tim ROWE • Denise CUMMINGS • Roy PRINCE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Park parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jack PICKETT who recorded a time of 15:32 on 16th November 2019 (event number 2).
The female record is held by Amelia SAMUELS who recorded a time of 17:37 on 15th February 2020 (event number 14).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fred JONES who recorded 88.34% (17:52) on 29th February 2020 (event number 16).
East Park parkrun started on 9th November 2019. Since then 1,425 participants have completed 2,330 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,650 km, including 345 new Personal Bests. A total of 192 individuals have volunteered 344 times.