Thank you Sofia from Guildford parkun for this week's run report.
21st of December, the parkrun run before Christmas Day.
Henley-on-Thames is a lovely place where anything lovely may happen.. at the right time of the year..
Although with the Christmas holiday around the corner, with some railway companies in strike, a grey sky and with drizzling menacing to pour down, a group of brave volunteers and courageous runners showed up to test their abilities today.
Before half eight most of the volunteers were already setting up the signs.
The course seemed a swamp at some points along the already challenging course.
It was time to listen to the first time brief and to do so all the runners - both locals and tourists arriving from Didcot, Marlow, Guildford and even Australia! - had to move a few tens of meters up, getting a "first sip" of what it will be the course: two laps anticlockwise were mud would be runners' companion from the very beginning up to the end. The course has some steeps up along the trail path that sits along the laps.
Everyone was ready after the run director delivered his speech. The queue was long, and every and each of the 80 brave runners dashed down the slightly muddy path as soon as the "Go!" was shouted!
Some runners felt like "fish in the sea" as one recorded a PB!
Everyone of the 80 runners that we had today - 27 were first timers whilst others were members of one of the 21 clubs that took part - was careful to avoid an incident due the terrain conditions: hilly, muddy and slippery but everyone enjoyed the experience, from those that barely were stained with mud to those that seemed like the golem of Prague, as myself!
Luckily, no injuries and all great fun, and at the end the sun blessed us with some warmth, as a sign that next stop should be the local cafe, where lovely thick hot chocolate, coffees of any sort and tempting cakes were the rest of those runners that decided to challenge the elements instead of staying at home. Well done everyone!!
Don't forget that IT WON'T BE RUN ON CHRISTMAS DAY!
But we will be back for the 28th December 2019 for a 9am start, and New Year's Day 2020 for an 8:30am start . Come and join us!
Sofia Fernandez Rodriguez
The event was made possible by the following 15 volunteers:
Tracey HAYES • Malcolm HAYES • Vicky LALLY • Elise WAY • Craig HENDERSON • Jackie ROBINSON • Kirstin HENDERSON • Louisa MEAD • Phil STUBBINGTON • Sarah JOYCE • Kevin JACOB • Stephen NICHOLS • Sofia FERNANDEZ RODRIGUEZ • Harry BOUMPHREY • John BOUMPHREY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Henley-on-Thames parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded a time of 17:57 on 23rd February 2019 (event number 88).
The male record is held by Robert CORNEY who recorded a time of 16:53 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 101).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jessica GIBBON who recorded 82.45% (17:57) on 23rd February 2019 (event number 88).
Henley-on-Thames parkrun started on 1st July 2017. Since then 2,905 participants have completed 8,210 parkruns covering a total distance of 41,050 km, including 1,443 new Personal Bests. A total of 303 individuals have volunteered 1,740 times.