#269 29/02/2020 Wye Valley Runners Reign on Leap Day!

Episode 269: The one where everyone gets wet
178 runners and 26 volunteers braved the elements at Hereford racecourse for the first ever Leap Day parkrun. Although the early morning rain stopped shortly before the start, conditions were far from ideal for both runners and volunteers.
We are very grateful to Wye Valley Runners for providing the volunteers this week – thanks for a doing a great job, especially those who suffered hypothermia and frostbite. Big thanks to the pacers – pacing accurately is never easy but was especially difficult this week. We hope that they proved to be useful in helping people to achieve their time goals. Thanks also to Hereford Triathlon Club for the loan of their brand new pacing bibs – you’ll be seeing them again on 11 th April when they will be
worn by their rightful owners!
22 first timers took part of whom 6 were doing their very first parkrun – welcome to the parkrun family – we hope you enjoyed your run and will keep coming back. We welcomed visitors from Bridgend and Liverpool and I’m sure there were quite a few more from other places. Great to see you all – we hope you enjoyed your morning at Hereford.
11 runners achieved a PB – a fantastic effort in such difficult conditions – but only Kevin Baker enters the Hereford Hall of Fame, having achieved a PB with at least 10 runs completed.
A special mention for Fred Tyler who turned 10 this week and just missed out on a milestone run, this being his 99th parkrun. Happy Birthday, Fred. You’ll be 38 the next time parkrun happens on the 29th of February – I hope we are still around to help you celebrate your 1500 th parkrun!
We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Becki ANSFIELD, Phil BUTLER, Anthony CHAMPKEN, Lynne COMPTON, Chris DAW, Jan EDWARDS, Adam HAYWOOD, Marc KENDRICK, Ralph LLOYD, Brent LOWSON, Kate LYKE, Adam MICHNIOK, Paddy NUGENT, Simon OLIVER, Jesse PERRIE, Nigel POWELL, Les PRICE, Ann PRITCHARD, Liz PRITCHARD, Jackie REYNOLDS, Billy SMALLWOOD, Peter SMITH, Barbara SPANJERS, Brian SYMONDS, Eva TYLER, Nikki TYLER.

Should anyone feel the urge to help out by volunteering (it’s a great way of keeping involved with the parkrun community if you are injured or saving your legs for a race) please do let us know by posting on our FB page “Hereford parkrun”; emailing herefordhelpers@parkun.com or speaking to the Run Director or any volunteer at our event on a Saturday morning.