A very blustery, wet autumn morning was in store for both volunteers and 44 participants on Saturday 28th September. The promenade was fairly deserted and the wind was a little too strong for the signage, so our marshals became human signage! The chances of the regular 'sand peel' were reduced by the fact that the sand was wet due to the heavy rain too. The hardy volunteers sheltered behind a wall, whilst the parkrunners wisely stayed in their vehicles or sheltered until they had to venture out. Philip Davidson from Red Rose Runners had kindly gave the Run Brief and many thanks to him for this, everyone sheltering as much as possible during the brief.
There were visitors from Oxford, Glossopdale and a good turnout from Darwen Dashers. Alex Spencer decided that the best way to start off his 30th birthday and 50th parkrun was to be on a wet windy promenade at Fleetwood. One of our stalwart volunteers Ian Cameron, also celebrated his 50th volunteering with parkrun before setting off with the others.
1st across the line was local runner Brian Cumpsty (minus emu!) from Thornton Cleveleys RC in a time of 20:54
2nd was Bruce Elliott from Darwen Dashers in a time of 22:05.
3rd place was Peter Boardman in a time of 22:15
4th place was Steve Wilson from Cybele in a time of 22:39
5th place was Philip Davidson of Red Rose in a time of 22:42
6th place was John Hickman from Thornton Cleveleys in a time of 22:49
7th was first lady Caroline Mclaughlan from Thornton Cleveleys in a time of 23:11 (a PB!)
8th was first JM15-17 Elliot Gray-Medd in a time of 23:24
9th was first JM11-14 Jacob Lovell in a time of 24:05
Despite the inclement conditions, there were 6 PB's and and Bruce Gray had his first Fleetwood parkrun! Well done and huge thanks to all who turned out, runners and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer on a Saturday, please speak to the Run Director on the day or contact us through Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org