Kingsbury Water Park – Event #287
Love was in the air at Kingsbury Water Park on Saturday as 501 runners gathered to share the love of running the stunning Park Run course. As a marker for celebrating Valentines Day, many wore red to create that lovin’ feeling! To create a bit more spice, the event was extra special as 11 volunteers offered themselves as pacers. Whatever your pace, they had it covered and out in force determined to support others to a PB. Unbelievably, and thanks to Steve Weller for working out the Maths on this, 27% of the field achieved a personal best, or in raw numbers, 137 PBs which is more than 1 in 4 runners! Absolutely outstanding efforts all round a huge thank you to the pacers for sacrificing your run to support others to reach their goals. I remain in the majority, nearly 2 years since a PB has come my way!
First back was Badgers Runner Chris Baxter who stormed home in 16:27 setting a new PB. I’d like to think that by Chris warming up with me made the difference, but that’s probably unlikely!! First lady back was Cannicross Midlands runner Claire Martin who also secured an impressive new PB in 20:18. To complete the hat trick, first Junior home was the ever impressive Matthew Jackson who smashed his PB, crossing the line in 19:27. Congratulations to you speedy bunch!
As always, it’s great to welcome newbies to Kingsbury 44 of you ran the course for the first time. I hope you enjoyed the course, the weather, and above all, us lot who regularly turn up on Saturdays to enjoy the inclusive community of runners and volunteers that epitomises the spirit of Park Run. I hope you’ll be back very soon!
Joining a running club is a great way to meet new people and improve your running. 34 separate running clubs were represented at the event on Saturday from near and far. Well done to all those representing your clubs.
As milestones go, well there were a few again for us to celebrate. Congratulations to our juniors Thomas Gill, Samuel Gill and Lewis Howard who all completed their 10th run. A special mention to Morgan Barr who is another youngster with great potential and completed 100 park runs, fantastic achievement. Shout out to Andy Smith who now gets the honour of donning the red 50 t shirt; and Charlotte Pearce and Leanne Sandford who both join the 100 club. Terrific achievements and commitment.
Each week we are indebted to our band of merry volunteers who give up their time so the rest of us can run like Mo Farah and Laura Muir. If it wasn’t for them, the park would be there but without an organised run to enjoy. Volunteering is varied, fun and you get to see the other side of park run, usually the pain in runners faces!! Those who made sure the event happened this week were:
Brian ADAMS, Jane BARRETT, Adia Joy BARRETT, Richard BENHAM, Richie BUNN, Tricia BUNN, Layla Rose CARVER, Gavin CLINTON, Paul DRAKE, Graham ENGLEY, Gemma FOLLIS, Trevor GASPER, Michelle GREAVES, Matthew GREEN, Carolyn HALL, Susan HANN, John HANSON, Amanda Jayne HANSON, Sharon JACKSON, Brian JONES, Rob MACE, Sarah MADDAFORD, Richard MARVIN, Alex SANDHAM, Dean SNOWDEN, Susan THOULD, Helen TIBBY, Louise VERNON, Rob VERNON, Amy WAKELIN, Nicky WALL, Sharon WHITEHEAD, Michael WYANT
A mention to Park Run stalwart Mr John Hanson, who, with over 250 Park Runs to his name and has been a regular at KWP Park Run since its inception, volunteered on his birthday. Happy birthday mate!
Finally, forget Brexit and all the uncertainty that brings, vote for me as Prime Minister as I pledge to reduce the week to 3 days, thus bringing Park Run Day around much quicker! Who wouldn’t want that! But until then, see you in 6 days….