Heslington parkrun #104 – International Women’s Day

Heslington parkrun no. 104: International Women's Day with #ThisGirlCan

International Women's Day is not only about celebrating the achievements of women, but also looking at what we can do personally to help improve gender balance at work, in sport, everywhere. Why not invite your female friends and colleagues to join in the next parkrun?

The current holder of the 268 Mile Montane Spine Race record is 35-year-old Jasmin Paris, and at the other end of the distance spectrum this year in February Charlotte Arter broke the female parkrun record (which she held) at Cardiff, setting the new record of 15:49.

This week 205 women ran, jogged, and walked Heslington parkrun. At least 12 of the pacers were women this week covering 20-35minutes. Our run director Clare Stones was volunteering for the 25th time and Emily Baines was the first female home with a time of 18:22.

As well as all the great things women were doing today, we were also joined by 265 men in the chilly March sunshine, including James Chiverton who achieved his 50th Parkrun, and a special guest appearance from Andrew Lane, a tourist from Norwich who was one of the first parkrunners at the original parkrun in Bushy Park. Jack Eggington was our first male home with a PB of 16.24.

Thanks are due to all of the volunteers of all genders, without whom parkrun couldn't happen, and extra thanks for the cake which helped fuel my cycle ride home!

Would like to give a special mention to Amanda Cooper who was our first ever Sign Language support volunteer at Heslington, she did an amazing job of showing how our parkrun encourages everyone to take part. Thank you Amanda.

This week 470 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 100 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 49 volunteers:

Emma SIMMONS • Geoff MARCHMENT • Hollis LANSFORD • Georgina WESTON • Eleanor EASTWOOD • Rob HUNT • Amanda COOPER • Chris COOPER • Celia MAUGHAN • Paul EASTWOOD • James CARTER • Hayley JACKSON • Clare CHAPPELL • Graham ROBERTSON • Rob WHITE • Ian HARGREAVES • William HARGREAVES • Nick BOYD • Kate BOYD • Sally POLKEY • Nick SHIPLEY • Shona GILLEGHAN • Abigail EASTWOOD • Jordan HOWE • Emily BAINES • Louise BARCLAY JOHNSON • Helen GRAINGER • Jackie MITCHELL • Leigh SHIPLEY • Jonny WISE • Amy IREDALE-MITCHELL • Clare STONES • Hayley DUMONT • Spike CHAPPELL • Helena SENIOR • Angela EKERS • Kevin THOMAS • Emma GILMORE • Debbie FALGATE • Julie LINLEY • Lesley KNEVITT • Sarah GALLAGHER • Jon DAKEYNE • Valda BARNETT • Daniel BUTCHER • Joseph DAVIES • Tasmin SARAI • Amy CARTON • Lucas SHIPLEY

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