This weeks report from our very own Cathy.

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0DAB1D69-1439-4D25-A173-88DFD378DBA2Littleport’s 91st parkrun welcomed 193 participants to their special double celebration of not only marking International Women’s Day but their two parkrunners Charlotte Nevison and Cathy Gibb-de Swarte who were taking part in their 50th parkrun this morning.
Brian Munns who was representing Newmarket Joggers was competing in this his 3rd Littleport parkrun had reached his 100th parkrun and clocked an impressive time of 22.58 this morning.
Many of the parkrunners/walkers were dressed in the women’s suffragette movement colours of mainly purple which stood for loyalty while the other suffragette colours were white and green which stood for purity and hope.
Joanne Bruno who achieved a New Personal Best of 39.42 was wearing a very fetching purple tutu, while Cathy, who ran with her round the course donned a striking purple midi top hat and WID tee-shirt. If there were any prizes going this morning to the best dressed parkrunner – it had to go our very own diva Phil Hadley. Wearing a long flowing bright purple wig and fashionable purple sunglasses, Phil managed somehow to get himself around the course dressed in a really tight fitting long frock. Phil was also joined by his purple wigged partner Lisa Tonkin dressed in a very sensible purple jumpsuit but her young enthusiastic daughter Emma was happy to be wearing her fun loving purple tutu.
It was great to see the return of many regulars like farmer Lisa Forrest who was cheered when she crossed over the line in the finishing funnel clocking an excellent 54.57.
Emma Harrison with doggy companion Buddy who was completing her 26th parkrun clocked an impressive time of 35.22. And the Sanderson family, Mum Hilary, Hannah and Lucie Melen came together for this special parkrun and were seen having fun racing one another through the finishing funnel with Lucie edging it.
One of Littleport’s parkrun organisers James Lee despite an injured knee was still happy to parkrun with his rescue Rottweiler Xenia clocking a very impressive time of 27.02.
There was a record of 54 New Personal Bests of which 28 were women parkrunners/walkers and 20 tourists, and amongst those New PBers were Ian Barnish (21.34) Youngsters Kieran Vanhoutte (21.47) Malachi Platt (21.58) Amy Southward (22.10) Harriet Froud (22.20) Estivy Perez (22.21) Alice Fraser (22.45) Darlene Schulenberg (23.32) Libby Church (25.13) Becky Stanford (25.,16) Michelle Sampson (25.21) Lonely Goat runner Connor Hitchcock (25.24). Giles Cornell (25.53). Charlotte Walters (25.58). Charlotte Hitchcock (26.47). Ruth Feltell (27.09) Young Connie Abraham (27.19) Newmarket Joggers’ Sianie Painter (28.29). Louise Parfitt (28.48). Kerry Hitchcock (28.27). Lonely Goat’s Sharon Try (30.22) Sarah Last representing Newmarket Joggers (31.34) Peter Stallard and his friendly and glam doggy Luna recorded an amazing New PB of 31.48. Emma Newman (32.47) Sarah-Jane Strawson (32.54) Casssie Vanns (33.06) Well done Andrea Sullivan (33.16) recording yet another New PB of 33.16. Belinda Cramphorn (33.33) Newmarket Joggers’ Gillian Green (34.22) Jo Brereton (35.54) Amy Dodson representing Chatterish RC clocked 39.02. Congrats Joanne Oxley (Bruno) on her New PB of 39.23 Emma Robbins (42.06) Young Daisy Ferris (42.51) Lonely Goat RC’s Caroline A. Crane making her 3rd Littleport parkrun appearance completed this her 85th parkrun recording a fantastic New PB of 43.58. And Caroline’s son Andy taking part in his first ever parkrun and representing Lonely Goats RC recorded a very impressive time of 24.34.
The first person through the finishing funnel this morning was teenager Patrick Bond who also recorded a superb New Personal Best of 17.52.
Parkruns wouldn’t go ahead if it wasn’t for the Hi-Viz heroes who put themselves forward to volunteer on Saturdays which included this morning one of our top runners Tom Levinson who was saving himself for tomorrow’s Cambridge Half Marathon. Thanks also to our other regular parkrunners: Clare Andrews, Emma Davis, Clare Dell, John Lagrue, Debbie Williams, Jan Holmes, Caity Ross and Mhairi Smeeton who also decided to volunteer. And Littleport had two new tail walkers, Lizzie Sparrow and Janette Palmer who both did a brill job as Janette also undertook the First Timers briefing.
There is always a brilliant camaraderie amongst parkrunners and Cathy Gibb-de Swarte’s fellow running buddies, Wendy Georgina Johnston and Sheila Cayton who she first met running at their local parkrun Milton, Cambridge, turned up wearing their landmark 50th red parkrun tee-shirts in support of both Cathy and Charlotte’s 50th parkrun this morning and stayed behind to share a cuppa and enjoy a friendly chat in the hospitable Littleport Leisure cafe.

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