It was my pleasure to be your Run Director today at a very blustery some may say "fresh" parkrun. Conditions not the best but that still did not stop 136 of you braving the elements...
A special mention to Lyn Ballard completing her 50th run today (45 being at Hadleigh) and Ian Clay (47 at Hadleigh) also smashing the 50 barrier and not forgetting Jackie Robinson who today hit the 100 mark (99 being at Hadleigh) all three regular attendees at Hadleigh. Well done to the three of you fantastic !!
We were also pleased to welcome 20 first timers today of which 6 picked Hadleigh as your first ever parkrun......very brave picking one of the most challenging courses in the UK but if you are going to start...start BIG. We also had 28 people smashing their PB's this morning, with visitors from Maldon, Nottingham and Wolverhampton. Also a few of our local cows decided to see what all the fuss was about and joined us at the finish.....MOO MOO !!
I got involved in parkrun at Hadleigh sometime ago after running it for a while but having to stop due to knees having enough, so started marshalling as family and friends would still be running and it was a way of still being involved. I was then asked to become a core member of the team.
You will normally see me with my trusted sidekick, my young daughter Imogen who is shouting encouragement and giving out high fives up the grass bank aka 'Imogen's Mount' or at the other points out on the course.
Its great fun and rewarding seeing our regular runners / walkers improving over the years be it with their time or being able to crack those annoying boulders!!! I am sure someone comes along and adds a couple !!
We are a friendly bunch at Hadleigh who enjoy a laugh, normally at each others expense so if you ever fancy a chance to wear a Hi-Vis and hand out some well deserved encouragement, scan or even hit that special stopwatch button then email into firstname.lastname@example.org
We are very lucky to have great facilities at Hadleigh with the Hub, so don't be shy give it a try !!!!
Hadleigh parkrun would not function without our super band of volunteers. So a massive thanks to Imogen Wallings, Elijah Brown, Nathan Reeves, Bailey Keer, Alex Crisp, Fenton Hopkins, Lottie Poulton and George Schneider (all under 18) plus Bob and Teresa Morris, Suzanne and Adam Smith, Valerie "cattle grid" Jarvis, Mike Grout & Dave Flannigan.
A special well done to George who gave the first time runners briefing this morning.
We look forward to welcoming you back next Saturday happyparkrunning.....