A smaller number of runners than usual on this wet day meant that Williamson Park felt a little quieter than usual. It was lovely still to see nearly 200 people and somehow, despite the puddles and the mud, 23 people managed to secure a new personal best!
Congratulations to Dan who ran this morning. He is getting married this afternoon in Ashton Memorial - what a great way to start your day! We hope you have a beautiful day and all the very best!
It was lovely to see some Women on the Run again from Kendal. They were back in Lancaster for some hill training after having visited Morecambe parkrun recently to set some hardcore PBs. We hope to see you again soon!
We had some milestone runners this week and a few people getting very close to their next milestone. Kati Wood ran her 50th parkrun this week, thank-you for the chocolates! Constanze Vageler also ran her 50th today as did Liz Dean, but her official celebration will happen with friends in a couple of weeks. Well done ladies!
Today was a milestone event for me too – it marks volunteering on 100 separate occasions. Alongside running and behind the scenes volunteering, parkrun has been a big part of my life over the last few years so I thought I would mark it by sharing my top 100 memories of parkrun… only joking! That would too much for even the most ardent of parkrun lovers, so instead here’s what parkrun means to me in 100 words:
My first parkrun was at Fell Foot, over a year before Lancaster had started. My sister had mentioned some run in a park in London, I thought ‘What’s special about running in the same park, the same route, every week?’ I have since discovered that parkrun is so much more than a run in the park. For me, it’s the community and sharing the positive impact it has on people, it’s the lovely friendships, it’s the challenge, it’s the taking part myself with my friends and with multiple generations of my family in many different places. Long may it continue!
Many thanks to our very hardy volunteers:
Stephen PERRY • Keith CARMAN • Ronald HUMMELINK • Bernie CHESHIRE • Andrea TOWSE • Imelda HATTON • Emma LAWRENSON • Christine PERRY • Jo MATTHEW • Cate MATTHEW • Kathryn HOYLE • Terry WAIN • Anna HARRISON • Harry FOX • Ian ROBERTS • Lucy HARRISON • Heather HARRISON • Mia READ • Alice BRIFFETT • Ellen TOWSE • Paul FOX • Lauren FOX • Jim FLETCHER • David JACKMAN • Tom HARDING • Daniel TOWSE • Peter SMITH • David KILBURN • Olivia KILBURN
See you soon, Andrea