Well, it was touch and go for a while however, thankfully, having inspected the course on the morning of the run it was decided that it would be safe to run, and this proved to be the case - and all before more snow bucketed down.
As to be expected, though, the number of runners was down on previous weeks, with eleven wrapping up warm and braving the elements. Perhaps even more impressive was the number of people willing to stand around in the cold so that the run could happen; we had five volunteers (who all resisted the temptation to lob snowballs at the finishing runners!). A big thanks to them.
Now for you stat lovers out there...the stats:
It was girl power as the first two finishers were of the fairer(!) sex; firstly Holly Gilbert in a time of 20:58, followed by fellow clubmate Emily Mosedale in 21:32. Behind them was first male finisher Peter Rains, with 22:13; Jeremy Gill: 23:20; Nathan Copping: 23:24. The third women, Wendy, finished in 24:18 - unfortunately without her barcode and not being able to find her name on the system, the time has not been recorded/registered against her.
Not surprisingly, due to the unfoot conditions, no PB's were recorded, though we did have one first-timer. Holly Gilbert, as well as leading the finishers, also won the age-grading competition with 70.67. In the points competition Dave Mulvanny still holds the lead with 269 points over second placed Peter Rains and Alison Hawkes still leads Linda INGRAM by 567 in the women's competition.
Till next time...
Your Hackney Marshes parkrun event team