Event 131: 93 runners, 24 volunteers and one lion
REMINDER: There is no Lloyd junior parkrun next Sunday (7th July) due to Race for Life.
Back in May, parkrun HQ organised a snapshot survey where every junior parkrun was asked to count the number of people in the park on a Sunday morning who had come for the event. Well, the national results are in and we are amazed, for every 100 junior parkrunners there are 117 other people in the park! On average 46 adults took part in the run with their juniors, 47 adults spectated and there were 24 volunteers (and one lovely lion!)
The parkrun stats for 30th June showed that there were 258 junior parkruns in the UK, with 17,915 junior parkrunners (which means another approx. 16,600 adults running or spectating) and 4,996 volunteers. It is brilliant that so many people are starting their Sunday mornings with so much fun!
Back to Lloyd Park in the sunshine today and we had 93 junior parkrunners, including 6 brand new first timers Joe, Charlotte, Christopher, Corban, Leo and Charlize. Welcome also to Isobel completing her 51st run but running at Lloyd juniors for the first time visiting from Wimbledon (which was cancelled due to the tennis).
Congratulations to Freddie, Arya and Inara who received their marathon wristbands for completing 21 runs.
The lovely weather (thanks parkrun weather fairy) helped 17 junior parkrunners to complete personal best times. Well done to Kyron-Bailee, Ted, Raphael, Oliver, Rico, Shray, Boaz, Elise, Nicole, Harry, Elizabeth, Alexa, Ellis, Wren, Misha, Matilda and Hazel. Great running! Well done to Dalila for matching her personal best on her second run, that's brilliant consistency to get the same time two weeks in a row (and also known in the parkrun world as a Groundhog Day).
There were 9 unknown runners today, please remember to bring your printed barcode every week to register your result. Please remember to hand your token in after the run to be scanned. If anyone finds token 80, please can you bring it back next time?
A huge thank you to our 24 volunteers, particularly Michael D, Sarah and Tugce all volunteering for the first time today. Having run with us 55 times, Tugce will be volunteering with us as part of her silver Duke of Edinburgh award, welcome to the team!
Thanks to Daniel and Hari who are also completing their Duke of Edinburgh bronze awards with us. Thank you also to Stephen for the brilliant photos (here) and to Lesley B, Michael D and Jon who helped with a lot of litter picking before the run started.
It was great to have so many helpers this week! It really helps encourage the juniors around the course with your cheering and high fives. If you'd like to help out in future weeks (especially during the summer holidays when some of our regulars will be away) please get in touch! Email us at email@example.com if you can help or want to find out more.
Remember Race for Life will be taking place at Lloyd Park next Sunday (7th July) so we won't be able to run. Good luck to Madeleine and Dylan (and the Linkson family), and anyone else taking part! If you'd like to support Madeleine and Cancer Research UK you can do so (here)
We will be back on 14th July and look forward to seeing you then. If you fancy some parkrun tourism, Crystal Palace, Bromley, Reigate Priory, Nonsuch and Bushy are all on next weekend. Why not give one of them a try, just don't forget your barcode!