It was fairly damp and miserable taking the cones to the turnaround point around 7:30am but by 8:30am it had cleared, stopped raining and although overcast, there was only a mild breeze for the 128 participants. Pretty much ideal conditions.
Several of the ladies present were wearing purple and it was great to see some of the men also doing so. Had the weather been a little warmer we may have seen more purple on show. Don't worry guys, your time will come in November when it will be International Men's Day! A mixed team sporting their IWD t-shirts took part too. There were a few first time participants, including a group of young ladies from Rossall School. Local and Fleetwood regular Dave Coventry was also taking part in his 50th parkrun.
The course record was under threat, Joseph Beech (Brackla Harriers) - his first run at Fleetwood, was very quickly across the finish line in a time of 15:35, with local Steve Littler (Wesham Road Runners) in second place, with a PB in a time of 16:16. Another regular local runner Paul Muller (Blackpool Freedom Runners) was 3rd across the line in a time of 18:18.
The first male junior to finish was George Denye JM11-14 (Preston Harriers) in a great time of 18:26. The first lady to cross the line was Gillian Pryor from Thornton Cleveleys RC in 21st position, in a time of 22:18. Congratulations also to Jemima Bradburn JW10 who crossed the finish line in a time of 24:22.
Altogether, there were 30 first timers to Fleetwood and 28 personal bests set. There were unfortunately a couple of issues with the stopwatches, complicating the results somewhat. The results were amended and reprocessed on Monday and hopefully all is now well.
Several members of the all female volunteer team retired to the New Boston Hotel, for a post run brew along with a few parkrunners. It is a lovely quiet small hotel with a nice quiet relaxing atmosphere for a post run cuppa and a natter. With luck, this may become our new regular venue, so watch this space for updates.
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