On a fresh but pleasant March morning Fulbourn Hospital hosted its 15th parkrun and was my first visit here.
Having stayed in Cambridge overnight I was awoken by the rain against the hotel window and had flashbacks to the terrible flooding and muddy courses that have been a pattern for so many months. Thankfully, after arriving at the site, I could see that the mostly grass course was unaffected and the heavy rain looked likely not to return. With this relief we joined the core team and Run Director Diane POTTER who had just completed the final setup ready for today’s event. Whilst waiting for other parkrunners to arrive it was time for a few photographs (thanks to Philip DAVIDSON who has shared the link on the Facebook page).
On “Pi Day” (March 14th: 3/14: 3.14 ... ok, it’s a bit of stretch) it was nice to see a round(!!) number of finishers – 100 of us in fact. This included five people joining us to walk, jog or run the course for the very first time. A warm welcome to Harry ATHERTON, Mark SAUNDERS, Rachel MICHEL, Hannah WOODS and Robert HUGHES. I would like to think this will be the first of many.
Along with myself, first time tourists made up about a third of all who took part, visiting from all across the country. I hope everyone enjoyed their visit as much as I did.
The event would not however have been possible though without 24 wonderful volunteers: Commeletia ALLISON, Kathryn ARMOUR, Clare BACCHUS, Damian BAKER, Diana BRAVERMAN, Campbell BRITTIN, Hermione BRITTIN, Will DUPRE, Julia ERTNER, Mark GIBBS, Stephen KYLE, Richard LYLE, Andrea MILL, Ingrida OLENDRAITE, Diane POTTER, Catherine RODGER, Garry SEDDON, Sam STRICKSON, Philip TEMPEST, Jackie TOMLINSON, Tony TOMLINSON, Anna TUKE, David WEBB and Karen WEBB.
Thank-you to you all and if you are reading this and want to get involved in future weeks then all details can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fulbournhospital/futureroster/. There are lots of different roles to choose from.
Today’s first finisher, and today’s highest age grade, was Will DUPRE in a time of 18:14. Will may well have also scanned your barcode afterwards as with over two minutes passing before the second finisher, a certain run report writer, there was plenty of time to take up position. First female finisher today was Tilele STEVENS in a time of 22:31 and first junior finisher, and 4th overall, was Oliver WORDSWORTH-CLARKE in a time of 21:13.
Ground conditions were good with just a couple of patches that were a little slippery but that didn’t stop 22 people setting new personal bests. Congratulations to all of the above but also to everyone who came along today and completed the course.
Full results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/fulbournhospital/results/latestresults/.
There were no official attendance milestones today, that’s 10 parkruns for a junior and then 50/100/250/500 parkruns after that for all parkrunners. This, along with a chance to celebrate, earns a different coloured parkrun T-shirt. Volunteering 25 times will also achieve this. We did though have tourist David WEBB who celebrated his 300thparkrun here today.
So I end by wishing Fulbourn Hospital parkrun good luck for the months and years ahead. For a 4-lap course there was plenty going on in each lap, ups and downs, different running surfaces, and a team of smiling supportive marshals around the course. For me personally, in these uncertain times for parkrun, if this is to be my last parkrun for a while then it has been a memorable one.
Damian BAKER, a tourist from Daventry, signing off.