Longrun Meadow Parkrun #158 –

Run Report thanks to Linda Forsyth
Happy Birthday to Us!

Hard to believe that 3 years ago the core team stood about by the barn wondering if anyone would come along for the first ever parkrun in Taunton. Happily many did, and the event has continued to flourish. Today 277 runners joined us to celebrate our 3rd birthday, including visitors from Tewkesbury, Bristol & Epsom.

The chosen theme for the day was leather the traditional gift for a 3rd anniversary and we had an interesting array of variations on this theme. Well done to the Stig lookalike who completed the run in full motorbike leathers and helmet, must have been a bit warm. Also Kev who looked just a wee bit too comfortable in his lederhosen with oompah musical accompaniment, too much time in the Bierkeller Kev?

Centurion for the Day was Ali Wasey who celebrated her 100th parkrun today. Nice t-shirt Ali, you were going too quickly for me to read it properly … something about Magnum ice creams? Paul Cooper chose to dazzle the field with a suit of alarming brightness to mark his 50th birthday. Apologies to anyone with a hangover: that must have made your head hurt.

Another year gone meant the award for the annual points competition with Craig Whitmore scooping the male prize, although as he turned up in a leather dress today we are having to rethink whether this award still stands. Women’s champ for the year was Sarah Capstick. Junior awards went to Milly Monteiro and Ben Davies.

We ran the course in reverse today and it must have been a success as there were 68 PBs recorded. Far too many to list but they included Gill Taunton, Nik Matravers, Zac Monteiro, Andy Buswell, Chris Gibbs, Tom Moore and a brace of Loats; Ed & Matthew. Obviously the change agreed with you, we might try it again.

There were 25 runners making their Taunton debut and 10 who chose today to start their parkrun journey. Hopefully we’ll see you regularly. Nice to see a group of girls from Wellington School join us for the morning.

First over the reversed line today were Chris Hamilton, Marcus Albano & Daniel Talbot with the ladies being Hannah Taunton, Caroline Norris & Louise Evans. Well done to them and the other 271 of you.

Prior to the run, Event Director Dave Bullock told everyone that Longrun Meadow parkrun team are trying to raise money to buy a defibulator. We really hope we’ll never have cause to use it but to have one so close to the run might well make the biggest difference possible to anyone who did have a serious heart problem on the course.

There is a link below to the fundraising page, please donate if you are able. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/longrunmeadow/aboutus/

If everyone who ran today donated £1 we’d be very close being able to buy this lifesaving bit of kit.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend

The Mad Cow on the Timer