Event number 250!

It's actually not that often that we get a soggy parkrun, but when we do we really do! Hopefully it was a nice refreshing change to being too warm this week.

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Well done to all of our 82 participants today. We really weren't expecting as many with the way the weather was looking. But you all well and truly earned your breakfast this morning. It's always good to see new faces every week. Today we had visitors from outside the region today, including Worcester, London, Barnsley, Penrith, Cambridge and our furthest from Australia.

Huge thanks again to our amazing volunteers this morning. Congratulations to Shona Gillespie who joined the 25 volunteer club this morning. Shona is hopefully going to be joining our Run Director team shortly, so keep an eye out for her debut. ;)

As parkrun looks to a more sustainable future, you'll have seen us encouraging more use of the virtual volunteer app. We appreciate that not everyone has a smart phone, but if you're one of those people that has an old one lying around in a drawer somewhere we'd love it if you'd consider donating it to our event. Some older phones may not be compatible, so it's worth a check first. There's further information about the app in this news item: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/gibside/news/2018/07/30/theres-an-app-for-that/

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So, the bit I know you've all been waiting for - some stats!
  • Over our first 250 events we've seen 2092 people register with parkrun and listing Gibside as their home event, including 296 in the last 12 months.
  • 3761 people have completed 17215 parkruns at Gibside. That's over 86,000km - more than twice around the world!
  • 556 people have volunteered on 3081 occasions.  So at an average of an hour each, that's more than 128 solid days of volunteering, more than the gestation period of a lion!
If that's not enough for you, here's a sexy little chart showing the demographic of our registered parkrunners.
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Both our male and female course records have also been broken this year. Callum Hanson with a speedy 16:24 and Danielle Smythe with a very impressive 18:46. Yes, even up those hills!

Thanks to everyone who has supported us by running, jogging, walking or volunteering so far. Here's to the next 250!