So, that’s it folks… the last parkrun of the decade complete! 186 of you joined us in Haldon Forest for our 43rd event to run, jog or walk off those calories from the Christmas turkey (or nut roast for the Vegan Runners that I spied amongst you!). There were 68 Haldon first-timers, with visitors from Bath Skyline, Clapham, Crystal Palace, and as far away as the Czech Republic… welcome to you all, we hope you enjoyed our beautiful course and will visit again.
The weather was kind with a bit of blue sky trying to creep through the thick cloud as we ran along the Ridgeway overlooking the Exe Estuary, and conditions weren’t too bad under foot. 30 of us recorded course PBs… what a great way to end the running year! Haldon first-timer Ross Braden was first across the line in an impressive 16 mins 22 secs, a new male course record! Martha Neal was first female and 4th overall. Congratulations to everyone who got up, got out there and made it round to the finish today.
Thanks to Mark, our Run Director, ably assisted by Rowan (who was particularly enthusiastic with the cones, wheelbarrow and megaphone!) and to all the volunteers who make your parkrun happen each and every Saturday morning.
Maybe you could give volunteering a go in 2020? We are a very friendly bunch, no experience needed, members of the core team are always happy to show newbies the ropes. And there are plenty of roles – Pre-Event Set Up, First Timers’ Briefing, Run Report Writer, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Results Processor to name but a few - where it’s possible to both volunteer and run at the same event. It’s easy to check the future roster on the website https://www.parkrun.org.uk/haldonforest/futureroster/ and sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
So, as 2019 draws to an end, we all start thinking of New Year’s resolutions… and what better way to start than with a New Year’s Day parkrun Double! Why not join us at Haldon Forest at the later than usual start time of 10.30am on New Year’s Day… which gives you plenty of time to participate in one of our neighbouring Parkrun events at Exmouth or Killerton, both of which start at 08.30am. See you there!
This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 69 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Gordon SEWARD • Philip GREEDY • James EPHRAUMS • Mark BEVAN • Denise PICHLER • Maria TRYLSKA • Lucy BOMFORD • Karla GREGORY • Anna CAWRSE • Esmee CAWRSE • Heather GREEN • Lisa RAYMONT • Maurice RAYMONT • Rona MCINTYRE • Ethan RAYMONT • Maurice DURBIN • Jess BALLY • Chris BALLY • Janice BOMFORD
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Haldon Forest parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Kate DREW who recorded a time of 18:48 on 11th May 2019 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Ross BRADEN who recorded a time of 16:22 on 28th December 2019 (event number 43).
The Age Grade course record is held by Catherine Ann Thurlow NEWMAN who recorded 88.58% (20:43) on 17th August 2019 (event number 25).
Haldon Forest parkrun started on 23rd February 2019. Since then 2,204 participants have completed 5,090 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,450 km, including 927 new Personal Bests. A total of 232 individuals have volunteered 818 times.