This weeks report is from our very own Cathy.

Cathy (centre) enjoying the pre-event banter.

Cathy (centre) enjoying the pre-event banter.

There is nothing like a parkrun to help lift your spirits, and the support from many Littleport parkrunners/walkers who were wearing pink for one local parkrunner who’s partner had just undergone a mastectomy and cancerous lymph node removal was quite amazing
A huge thank you goes out to all the organisers and volunteers who had to physically change the course because of the dangerous muddy and wet conditions down The Drove which had a new layer of straw over it.
The organisers had posted on Littleport parkrun facebook beforehand about the important changes which included a specific warning!
“Please be aware it is still slippery on the altered route so run to the conditions. The other option was to cancel and no one wants that.”
Littleport parkrun organisers have always pulled out the stops to make this local popular event happen every Saturday, and all the runners, walkers, children and doggies were just delighted to take part.
And the runners/walkers didn’t disappoint either with everyone being careful along the new slippery pathway and we were delighted to report that there were 17 New Personal Bests and 11 parkrunner/walkers took part in their first ever parkrun at Littleport
There were 139 taking part with Alex Metcalfe who was completing his 90th parkrun finished as the first person over the finishing funnel clocking a time of 19.03. And not far behind Alex was young powerhouse Alfie Pipe who was representing Tailenders and clocked an amazing New Personal Best of 19.12.
Congrats goes out to the amazing Sarah Lund who finished as the first female over the finishing funnel in a time of 24.51 completing her 17th Parkrun of which 14 were here at Littleport.
Amongst the rest of the New Personal Best achievers were Charles Hutchens (22.26). Anna Ambrose (25.06). Nathaniel M. Hagan (25.28). Alex Trense (26.20). Susan Thornton (29.02). Helen Hill (29.19). Gemma Wright (30.08). Lonely Goat RC’s young Ethan Tempest (30.20). Paul Bone (30.29). Kimberley Attrill (32.13). Terry Brown (32.51). Diane Read (34.31). Tara Aver (38.08).
Great work Joanne Oxley (Bruno) who admitted not feeling up to Parkrun this morning but is so happy she did because along with her running buddy this morning Lizzie Sparrow helped her to achieved a superb New Personal Best of 39.40. Ellie-May Beeton (41.24) and Andrea Sullivan (41.27).
Kath Gerighty gave the First Timers briefing, while Don Abeysekera as Run Director did really well giving his first ever main Parkrun Briefing.
Ruth Feltell who always loves running the parkrun thoroughly enjoyed her new role as tail walker and ensured that Camilla Cheung completed her 112th Parkrun, while Caity Ross had returned after an absence of 3 months still recorded a very impressive time of 34.28.
Superwoman herself Lisa Long (Redman) who usually runs every event that’s going, has been recovering from an operation herself was for the consecutive Saturday volunteering and did an excellent job as the Funnell Manager.
There are many unsung heroes who not only run or walk the Parkrun but work tirelessly behind scenes including our amazing organisers and volunteers and there were more than usual this morning because of the change and expansion of the course.
So take a bow you amazing Hi-Viz warriors – Kath and Terry Gerighty, Amanda Murfitt, Camilla Cheung, Don Abeysekera, Marion Leonard, James Fisher, John McGivern, Rachel Dray, Gill and Mike Davis, Stephen Biddle, James and Poppy Lee, Cathy Gibb-de Swarte, Lucie Melen, Lisa Redman, Caity Ross, John Lagrue, Ben Cook, Debbie Fisher. Breda Walton, and Ruth Feltell.

Littleport parkrun event statistics
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Number of events: 72
Number of runners: 2,687
Number of runs: 12,798
Number of first finishers: 55
Number of clubs: 203
Number of PBs: 2,928
Average number of runners per week: 177.8
Average number of runs per runner: 4.8
Biggest Attendance: 308
Average run time: 00:31:07
Total hours run: 0Years 276Days 16Hrs 8Min 55Secs
Total distance run: 63,990km
Female record holder: Rachel SWEATT - 17:52 - Event 58 (27/07/19)
Male record holder: Josh HOLMAN - 16:19 - Event 1 (23/06/18)
Age graded record holder: Tina JONES - 91.03 % - 25:17 - Event 65 (14/09/19)