It was absolutely perfect running weather today – around ten degrees, a bit of a breeze, and not a hint of rain. 211 people agreed and got up early to run, walk, jog, push little ones or drag dogs around our beautiful "undulating" course, not even stopping to admire the glorious views in their pursuit of a PB. Some even came from as far away as Northamptonshire and Southwalk to enjoy our challenging route.
Last week's turnout was even higher, and one has to wonder whether the new year's resolutions, as much as the weather and scenery, are responsible for bringing along FIFTY TWO first timers (almost a quarter of all runners) to Hadleigh Country Park. I chatted to one family who told me that they planned to get fitter in 2019 – parkrun is a great place to do that guys, good choice and well done. FORTY people got PBs too, so congratulations to all of you (I'm going to single out Dawn Harvey and Sallly Mortimore just because I can) and if your resolution was to get a parkrun PB this year you can relax, job done!
The trick with new year's resolutions is to keep them up though. It's harder to come to parkrun when it's really cold, raining, muddy or (if you can remember what that feels like) hot. Happily we're a very friendly bunch, the sense of achievement is more than you can get on any old flat 5k course, and the Hub café serves really good coffee*, so getting into the habit of coming each week is well worthwhile.
A quick shout out to the Edeys (and Katie) who arrived late, had to run all the way from the car park in order to overtake the tail walkers, and still finished faster than I did last time I "ran" Hadleigh parkrun.
This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Emma WARRINGTON • William David MAYES • Rick WADE • Sarah BALL • Sally SMITH • Jon STRUTT • Anna BUTTIMORE • Sally CLARKE • Oliver SMITH • Adam SMITH • Amie BRIGHT • Zach SMITH • Joachim ADENUSI • Alexandra TOURBASSOVA • Valerie JARVIS • Thomas GERRIE • Samuel KNIGHT
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Hadleigh parkrun, Essex Results Page.
The male record is held by Adam HICKEY who recorded a time of 16:59 on 27th May 2017 (event number 31), and by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who also recorded a time of 16:59 on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).
The female record is held by Eleanor WHYMAN-DAVIS who recorded a time of 18:45 on 29th September 2018 (event number 97).
The Age Grade course record is held by Crispian BLOOMFIELD who recorded 81.55% (16:59) on 26th May 2018 (event number 80).
Hadleigh parkrun, Essex started on 22nd October 2016. Since then 3,037 participants have completed 13,320 parkruns covering a total distance of 66,600 km, including 2,828 new Personal Bests. A total of 298 individuals have volunteered 1,914 times.
* Anecdotal evidence only, no survey has been conducted, and since I don't drink coffee this does not represent my opinion.