Event 61, 5th January 2019
A tourist’s tale
It’s a funny old game, this parkrun tourism lark … I’m nearly 300 miles from home, and the first person I chat to when I arrive at Hyndburn knows my neck of the woods pretty well and used to live less than 30 miles away from me! That was a good start to my day, and in parkrun terms at least, my day continued in much the same vein. Thank you all for welcoming me to Hyndburn, I loved the run, the people, and of course the cake!
My usual parkrun at Hove Promenade offers me pebbles, promenade, and sometimes a pig being taken for a walk. At this time of year one of my occasional volunteer roles carries the unofficial title of Pebble Patrol, which depending on the timing of high tide, either takes place on a Friday evening or very early on a Saturday morning to ensure the course is pebble-free by 9am. So not surprisingly grass, mud, hills and tree roots are not really my thing although I’m learning to love them as I get to more and more parkruns around the country.
My own parkrun journey started almost exactly two years ago when a fellow football fan happened to mention to me that he liked to do parkrun in conjunction with away trips to football matches. Little did he realise that he’d accidentally sparked a flame and an obsession was born! It’s now essential for me to tick off a new parkrun whenever I tick off a new football ground … no doubt there’s a name for this type of obsessive “ticking things off”! Although I’m visiting from Sussex I’m an Ipswich Town fan … but let’s not mention the football shall we, let’s just say parkrun was the highlight of my day and it all went downhill after that.
The stats …
We had 20 people doing their very first parkrun. Congratulations to you all, here’s your very first parkrunner name-check, hopefully your first of many … Paul Dignan, Michelle Havers, Thomas Dignan, Angela Taylor, Mark Harder, Anne Marie Florentine, Stuart Meeks, Logan Meeks, Jo Charalambous, Mel Sinclair, John Gordon, Louise Chew, Harriet Tomlinson, Sara Louise Hogan, Ashley Chew, Paula Birch, Alannah Birch, Jennifer Naylor, Michelle Carr, Jeff Goshawk.
We also had 21 people visiting from elsewhere, most of whom were comparatively local but a few more far-flung including myself and one other from the south coast.
27 runners bagged a PB today – well done everyone!
Our only milestone runner today was Steve Teasdale doing his 50th run, who so nearly got a double celebration but missed out on a PB by 4 seconds.
Finishing at the front this week …
- Josh WOODSTOCK (VM40-44) in 20:22
- John Stanley BASSINDER (VM50-54) in 20:36, visiting from Poole in Dorset
- an Unknown runner crossed the line 3rd (#dfyb)
And for the women …
- Katie IRELAND (SW25-29) in 22:26, in 7th position overall
- Sophie PILKINGTON (SW25-29) in 23:01, in 11th position overall
- Jane MAGEE (VW 50-54) in 23:36, in 16th position overall and with a new PB
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the link to Hyndburn results page