This weeks report by the ever enthusiastic Cathy

Cathy and Jo White today at parkrun.

Cathy and Jo White today at parkrun.

Littleport’s 61st Parkrun attracted 189 participants which included plenty of young enthusiastic children, several teenagers who were just happy to get out there and let their pumps do the Parkrun talking as well those excitable four legged furry friends which has become part of this ever growing popular Saturday pursuit.
Parkruns are becoming so addictive that even one of our tail walkers Katrina Myers didn’t want to miss this her 19th Parkrun knowing that she would still be back in time to continue her hubby’s birthday celebrations. Happy Birthday Mr Myers.
Regular exercise like a Parkrun can be quite daunting for many, but once you make the effort and complete your first Parkrun/walk then it gets a bit easy plus you always want to better yourself as well as enjoying the experience with like-minded people.
Joanne Bruno who was taking part in only her second local Parkrun was determined to better her time from last Saturday. Joanne even brought along her Mum, Wendy Oxley who was accompanying her grandson Theo, while Joanne’s older son Dwight was looking to better his time of 31.01 which he recorded last Saturday.
Joanne accompanied by regular Parkrunner/marshal Cathy Gibb-de Swarte and doggie companion Rosie was determined to better her 1st Parkrun performance and did just that by achieving a New Personal Best of 48.37. Mum Wendy did exceptionally well in only her first Parkrun clocking 1.01.50, while super fit Dwight also achieved a fantastic New Personal Best of 30.36.
We also had the sisters, Lucie Melen and Hannah Sanderson both volunteering with Lucie also taking part in this her 41st Parkrun (37 times at Littleport), and finished clocking an superb time of 34.05, while one of the 5 Lonely Goat Club runners and regular Parkrunner, Jo White, who still manages to overcome many niggling injuries completes the course recording an excellent time of 34.40 which was just outside her PB of 34.04.
This morning there were 23 New Personal Bests and 28 New Timers with some Parkrunners coming far afield as Birmingham, Fulham and Stratford Upon Avon.
It was good to welcome back some of our RDs, Andrew Scarlett, Charlotte Sygmuta plus our hardworking organisers and marshals, Amanda Murfitt, James Lee, Breda Walton, David Murfitt, Susan and Peter Green, joint tail walkers, Katrina Myers and doggie Connie plus Rachel Dray and her doggie Ralph, regular volunteer and top photographer John McGivern to name but a few.
Congratulations goes out to all those New Personal Best achievers, and they were: Peter Gipp (20.36) Harry Lee (23.37) Cara MacFarlane (23.44) Lucy Bayes (24.30) Lonely Goat RC’s Amy Holland (24.41)
Nigel Rogerson (25.52) Giles Cornell (26.35) Rob Shephard (27.24) Christopher Heppell (27.40) Anthony Gleave (27.41) James Murray (28.06) Brian Sellars (28.22) Darren Butler (28.33) Stephanie Murray (28.46) Well done again Dwight Bruno (30.36) Will Hawksley (30.44) Tracey Wymer (32.02) Jane Berezynskyj (33.27) Andy Brook (33.50) William Robertson (38.38) Stephen Downs (38.58) Oscar Abraham (40.07) and congrats Joanne Bruno (48.37).
There are also some unsung heroes who just keep going regardless how they are feeling at the time, and both Mark Bennett and Yvonne Turner prove that anything is possible. Mark who admits to having knee problems still managed to complete the course in a time of 39.03,while Yvonne who completed her first ever Littleport 10k raising money for Motor Neurone Disease finished her Parkrun in an amazing time of 39.02.
Topping the most Parkruns charts went to Ely Runners Andy Barber who was running his 115th Parkrun who was followed closely by fellow Ely Runners colleague Lionel Smith who had completed 104th Parkrun this morning.
The first person over the finishing was none other than Alex Metcalfe clocking 17.42 with Lee Tatum pushing Alex all the way with a superb time of 17.48.
Remember you don’t have to Parkrun every week. You can always alternate by either giving someone a helping hand by walking or running round with them if they are a newcomer, or even volunteer by either marshalling or token sort. Volunteers are always welcome where you become part of this amazing local popular activity, so just log onto Littleport Parkrun where you will find the volunteer section which will give you the email address where you can send your volunteering availability. It is good fun, it is free and you get to enjoy a cuppa and a chat afterwards and you do become part of the Littleport Parkrun family.