By Emma (Perry Hall parkrun)
It was my first visit to Evesham parkrun, I had decided to timekeep so I could meet some of the volunteer core team. I have been the Event Ambassador for this event for about 18 months, but with the big pause, this was my first opportunity to tour here.
I arrived early and put my pink high viz on which goes perfectly with my ‘with me now’ merch. If you have not heard of it before, ‘with me now’ is an unofficial parkrun podcast presented by Danny Norman and Nicola Forward who between them have done over 1200 parkruns. Each week they profile the events they have been to, as well as sharing all sorts of parkrun news and chat – well worth a listen https://withmenow.libsyn.com/
In the field by the start, there were a number of campers in their caravans and motorhomes who had been there since the fishing contest a week ago – the team had agreed that the course could safely go down the path between the 2 rows of caravans – by the time it was 9am, several campers were sitting outside and cheering the runners through, it made for a great atmosphere.
The run briefing was listened to by all in complete silence, very impressive, I think it was a combination of the Run Directors lovely loud and clear voice, plus a couple of people in the group holding up ‘Quiet Please’ signs.
Evesham parkrun is a 2 lap course, partly on grass and partly on hard packed paths – the laps obviously mean that parkrunners get to run past the volunteer team at the end of their first lap and be cheered on – although this was at the end of the path between the campers – so many runners commented that one of the caravans were cooking their breakfast and the smell of bacon was teasing them to stop and ask for a bacon sandwich.
There were several parkrunners with ‘race’ bibs on today – this was to be part of the World Record Attempt for the most people to run a remote 5km in 24 hours – the record currently stands at 6,000 and 10,000 had so far signed up for the challenge. They were to do their run, upload evidence from Strava etc and hopefully get a photo of themselves running it too.
First male finisher today was Tom Bristowe in a time of 17:32 and first female finisher was Ami Rutter in 20:09 which was also a new PB for her too. A total of 13 parkrunners achieved a PB today – well done to you all.
The post parkrun café, Raphael’s is only a 2 minute walk from the finish line. With lots of seating outside it made for the perfect morning – sitting outside with blue sky and warn sunshine watching the boats go past on the river.
Such a lovely morning – I hope to return before the end of the year to run it, although I am told that the fields can get rather muddy making it a whole different challenge, but I think that just adds to the fun!
This week 125 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Colin TETHER • Gary MILES • David WHITEHOUSE • Lynn RATCLIFFE • Janet NAISBETT • Paul NAISBETT • Jeremy PETIT • Emma HAWKEY • Dave ELLIS • Paul SPARROW • Aly GROUT • Ian DAVIES • Pamela SMITH • Sue MILSOM • Paul WATERS • Carol HAMMONDS • Paul CHALLIS • Alison STEPHENSON