Event number 35 – 23rd June 2018

Hi everyone, YOPA here.

I am the mascot for the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity, and had a blast at Heartwood Forest parkrun on Saturday. I have heard that it is always sunny at Heartwood Forest, and this weekend didn’t disappoint. Thanks for making me and the 20 first timers feel so welcome, and for all the high 5s and hugs I received at the marshal point!

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Photo by Richard Underwood

Saturday was a very important day as it was the #TGCinHerts parkrun takeover day, and I was thrilled to see Heartwood Forest joining forces with all the other parkrun events in Hertfordshire to promote this. They managed to get 15 female run directors to take charge and I was so proud to be supporting the campaign by wearing my This Girl Can t-shirt in such a magical place.

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Photo by Richard Underwood

I think I managed to high 5 over half of the 112 people who ran, jogged and walked the beautiful course on Saturday. 30 of you recorded new personal bests which is amazing news! Congratulations to Jo BROOKS who was celebrating her 50th different parkrun with us! I enjoyed dancing and cheering you all on. Thanks to the volunteers for looking after me, what a great bunch of people you are.

Eason KRISHNANANDAN • Howard BULL • Michelle COOMBS • Richard UNDERWOOD • Kate TETTMAR • Edric WILLIAMS • Helen WILLIAMS • David WHITE • Katie BUNTING • Ruth KENT • Alex JOHNSTON • James BIRD • Anne-Marie BULLIVANT • Alex VARRAN • Maggie WRIGHT • Sherri SIMPKINS • Laura MCLEOD • Chas ANDREWS • Paul SMILES • Joe GRIFFIN • Angela HICKS • YOPA

They’re always on the lookout for more helping hands though, so if you’re free one Saturday in the future why not drop them an email heartwoodforesthelpers@parkrun.com as I know they would really appreciate hearing from you. Please don’t be nervous if you’ve never volunteered before.

I hadn’t been a marshal before, but got a full briefing from Kate the run director beforehand, and felt really confident – to the point where I was doing a few dance moves at my marshal point!

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Photo by Richard Underwood

Thanks again for having me, and see you all soon! I’ve still got more Hertfordshire parkrun events to visit this year, so maybe I’ll catch you at one of them. Heartwood Forest is definitely my favourite one though!

Don’t forget to come and say hi!

YOPA.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Heartwood Forest parkrun Results Page.