Longrun Meadow parkrun 19th November 2016

Happy parkrun day! There is much to report this week …

It was cold and wet today, at least at the start. It obviously warmed up as many runners discarded their outer layers after the first lap. 243 runners took part today, including 16 new to parkrun, and visitors to Longrun Meadow from Carlisle, Hull, Plymouth, Brighton, Isle of Wight …. Welcome all! I am sure there were newcomers among the “unknowns” too, so welcome to you too – try and bring a barcode next time.

For the first time (as far as I can discover) the first runner over the finish line was female. Hannah Taunton came in once again under 18 mins – at 17:45 despite the puddles she was only 4 seconds off her pb. Well done Hannah, you keep amazing us!

Second today, and first male, was Chris Hamilton in 18:04, followed by Elliot Haimes (18:37). Second female was Emma Kiernan (20:09) while Sophia Wilson was third lady in 20:47.   Congratulations on your pb, Sophia.

I counted 18 pbs today, including (to mention just a few) Matthew Harker, Robert Turner, Nicole Wyatt, Heather Mayne, Andy George, Michael Threlfall, Steve Upham and Nat Prowse (who took a whole minute off the previous pb and is now so close to going under 30 mins). Great running everyone!

Before the start, Dave thanked those who had donated to help buy the new defibrillator, which is now available for use. Of course, we hope it will never be needed, but if it is it could well save a life. The core team will be trained to use it.

One milestone that we know of – Ella Pal ran her 50th parkrun today. Very well done, Ella! We said happy birthday to Becky, who ran today.

A bout of Somerset Malingering Plague meant that I was unfit for anything more energetic than drinking hot chocolate and taking a turn with the cow bell. It was lovely to support the runners, and I am sure the fresh air helped. It’s also nice to feel involved, which is one good reason to volunteer occasionally. Sign-up sheets are on the table in the Oak Barn each week, or you can visit the website to check the roster, then email longrunmeadowhelpers@parkrun.com. As always, a big thank you to all the volunteers without whom parkrun can’t take place.

The hot chocolate was provided by Bishops Lydeard Scouts from their individually custom-built tea trolley. Hot choc, tea and coffee are all a very reasonable 50p, except for their exciting new special – hot chocolate with marshmallows, whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles for £1. Check out Kev’s photo in this week’s album.

See you next week!

Yvonne Loat