A huge thank you to Ryan Forwood for being our Run Reporter for today's event and for creating suc a fab write up.
Hello everyone, my name is Ryan and I am a regular volunteer at Soham Village College’s parkrun (Come see us if you are ever in the area on a Saturday morning!). It is a pleasure to be writing the run report for you this week from the perspective of a visiting tourist!
Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday was a fantastic excuse for me and my fiancé to stay with our friends down the road from Hunstanton beach; after a quick google search, I was ecstatic to see that the Hunstanton Promenade parkrun was a mere 10 minute drive away! Perfect excuse for some parkrun tourisim! What a beautiful venue with amazing scenery all around. After parking, it was a pleasure to walk towards Salad Bowl café to meet the volunteers before the event.
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we were invited to wear regal attire and there was a gentleman who could easily win the most patriotic running attire for the day with a Union Jack vest and shorts! I decided against running with my flag as a cape out of fear of flying off due to the head wind.
The Run Director’s welcome established there was an array of tourists visiting today, with participants coming from Bristol, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Soham and more! 09:00 and we were ready to go! 68 participants set off for their weekly free 5k timed event! People ran, jogged and walked the 3 and a bit lap course. We were joined by some bark-runners who were keeping their hoomans company along the way, including one doggo who was cheering me on for the first kilometre. People from all walks of life took part, with young children and their amazing role model adults showing great team work, people pushing buggies along the way and people enjoying the walking challenge!
I don’t know about other people, but I found the headwind tough today! The lap closest to the sea front was significantly stronger than the lap running down towards the finish line. It made for a good challenge, which I always enjoy!
Today’s first man over the finish line was James Titmas, representing Reading AC, with a time if 18:31 and our first lady over the line was Isabelle Struchfield, representing Stockport Harriers & AC, with a time of 22:13! Well done to those two. 30 people visited Hunstanton Promenade parkrun for the first time today, with some people taking part in their first ever parkrun! With myself being one of them, I’m certain these people will be returning at some point in the future! 7 people recorded their parkrun and/or course personal bests today also! Well done everyone!
As always, the amazing volunteer team cheered us on from start to finish today. We always appreciate the support of our High Vis Heroes and I would certainly recommend more people consider joining the volunteer team every now and then. It is so rewarding and it is awesome to give something back to the community!
Well done to everyone who took part and volunteered today. Keep going, you are all awesome and you never know who you are inspiring!
Fun Fact: park run is a weekly timed event, which takes place over 5k, 5000m, 500,000cm or 20,000 average sized pieces of spaghetti! (Today I found out a Chihuahua and a standard piece of spaghetti are the same length!)