Longrun Meadow parkrun 10th December 2016

On a damp December morning 212 runners completed the 2 lap 5k course to start the weekend on a high.  The numbers were a bit lower than normal but its par for December with all the Xmas parties and shopping to do!!  We welcomed 13 were first timers, with tourists coming from Bromley, Bedford Lakes, London, Worcester, Chepstow.  We hope to see you again.

With little wind 36 recorded new Personal Bests. So congratulations to Kate Drew, Chris Brown, Ben Wharton, Simon Malley, Paul Finnimore, Stephen Ponter, Michael Reep, Lloyd Taylor, Harriet Pryke, Miranda Banwell, Mark Kelly, Adam Bryant, Ben Dayer, Robert Turner, Anthony Denne, Mark Always, Stuart Vile, Alex Parris, Samuel Jordon, John Allaway, Steve Upham, Kate Reed, Peter Johnson, Alexandra Wade, Jon Scott, Andrea Medin, Samantha Key, Sallianne Green, Henry Pal, Karen Slade, Shelley Clothier, Nicky Smith,  Carole Speed, Paul Green, Diana Violet, Ross Masters

For me what I love about parkrun is that we get people of all shapes and sizes and ages, just happy to run and not be judged.  Today was no exception.  We hope parkrun has motivated some to lead more active and healthier lifestyles.  Today saw our 5,500 different runner take part, an amazing achievement

Today we had 2 birthday boys all in the veteran category, both an inspiration to all of us.  I just hope I am still able to walk at 70, let alone run 5k.  Joe Rowe celebrated his 70th Birthday and completed his 17th parkrun.  Thanks for the cakes Joe.  He even managed to get his clan run in canary yellow Norwich City Tops.  Tom Moore, my hero is 74 today.  He completed his 161st parkrun and only started when Longrun Meadow parkrun started just over 3 years ago.  He has not missed many.  Tom that’s a distance of 500 miles

We also had more cakes thanks to Bridget Norris who completed her 100th run today, dressed in her centurion hat.  She was supported all the way around by her husband Tim and daughter Caroline.  Jenny Sanderson also completed her 50th run today as well.

Thanks to all the volunteers who dedicated their time so we can all run.  A special thanks from me to all of you have embraced the volunteering spirit.  I noticed the roster was full for the next few weeks as well.

Just a reminder of the Christmas runs.  The 24th December run will be our traditional fancy dress run so, come in your tinsel, hats and whatever tickle your fancy.  No doubt there will be some prizes for the best outfit.  We are also running on Christmas Day, 9.00am.  Normally there is a great atmosphere, so come on down and start the day with a run and then have a guilt free day indulging on the festive fayre.  We will also be running as normal on 31st December.  The is no parkrun on new years day.

As for the run today if you want to know the placings, Hannah Taunton led the field home for the 2nd time. Male placings: Jonny Reep was first over the line in 18:23, Andrew Hanson was second over the line in 18:51, Rob Simon was third over the line in 18:58.  Female placings: Hannah Taunton was first over the line in 17:46, Kate Drew was second over the line in 19:03, Harriet Pryke was third over the line in 22:45.

Off to do some shopping now – cant wait – NOT!