Mud but no rugby – Justin Smith



Event 72, 2nd November 2019

As per mentioned at today’s event brief, we should all be proud of ourselves when we get out of bed early and turn up for parkrun on a Saturday morning: we deserve even more kudos when it is wet, windy, muddy, and we are missing part of the rugby! The Run Directors were craning their necks in giraffe-like-fashion to watch runners in the distance as they entered the muddy drove: it looked like fun! We were jealous! The wonderful Cathy Gibb-de-Swarte ran with a huge flag, in order to celebrate the rugby and run! She looked rather grandiose what with the flag and the mud on her face!

The amazing Lisa Long supported the event as tail walker today, despite some recent surgery: she is amazing. Also amazing is Lauren Thomas, who celebrated her 50th parkrun: Lauren baked cakes (they were brilliant) and managed to enter the funnel as first lady finisher, despite the enormous helium-filled balloon the Run Director insisted she tied to herself! It was fantastic to see John McGivern back from his travels and on the course with his camera again! Thank you to all who undertook volunteer roles, with a special mention to the new volunteers, who were there to learn the roles and experience the fun!

98 tough runners ran at Littleport today.

We had 9 first-timers today, and some of field clearly had eaten their morning porridge, as we had 6 impressive personal bests! Fantastic!

The play list for music corner was inspired!

A massive thank you to today’s volunteers!

Thank you again, Littleport parkrun for supporting a future new event by hosting a second volunteer takeover!

Well done to all who took part!

Now for the stats!
This week 98 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Lisa REDMAN • Kay SWEENEY • Robert POPE • Andrew SCARLETT • Gayle TEMPEST • Barry GRAVES • Jonathan PRICE • Amanda MURFITT • Justin SMITH • Ben WATERS • Emma DAVIS • Nicola HILL • Michelle TILBROOK • Mhairi SMEETON • Dave ELLIS • Simon SMEETON • Liz HYSLOP • Janette PALMER • Breda WALTON • David WARREN • Megan OAKES • John BURBRIDGE • Bev LORKING

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Littleport parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Josh HOLMAN who recorded a time of 16:19 on 23rd June 2018 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Rachel SWEATT who recorded a time of 17:52 on 27th July 2019 (event number 58).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tina JONES who recorded 91.03% (25:17) on 14th September 2019 (event number 65).

Littleport parkrun started on 23rd June 2018. Since then 2,687 participants have completed 12,798 parkruns covering a total distance of 63,990 km, including 2,928 new Personal Bests. A total of 316 individuals have volunteered 1,624 times.