Event #346 – 7th March 2020 – Celebrating Poets, Prom Queens and International Women’s Day.

This week our run report has been penned by parkrun poet and tourist, Tim Gardiner. Thank you Tim. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Prom Queens

The International Women’s Day (IWD) parkrun was a joyous affair. Parkrunners came dressed in purple to celebrate the occasion and run the world (look out for all 10 song titles by female singers). Some days, I just don’t know what to do with myself, but Saturday is parkrun time. On this pleasant, sunny morning, 420 athletes (194 women – 46%) listened with respect to run director Alison’s briefing, delivered as usual from atop Minas Tirith. This woman’s work came to an end, a two-week stint as RD successfully completed.

Tourists were from exotic places like Chelmsford and Manningtree but no-one had been all around the world. Milestones were celebrated including Cole Eardley (10 Club) and new 50 Club members Dave Callow, Joe McEwan and Teresa Mitchell. Mark Gillam completed his 100 th parkrun. Walking back to happiness this morning were Ella and Kate Priest on the latter’s return from injury. In all there were five priests in attendance, like a prayer we had ecumenical matters covered!

The route was lined with 25 volunteers, 13 of them women including fab volunteer co-ordinator Elaine. Thanks to all of these amazing people. It was a nice change to not have the wing beneath my wings, but a girl on fire was female first finisher Heidi Steele storming round in 19:36 (8 th position); this week’s Prom Queen. There were also superb runs from Kate Lawson (21:42) and Emily Smith (21:51), the former recording a new pb. Beatrice Long was first Junior Under 11 female finisher completing the course in 29:51, a new pb and highly impressive. Wendy Simpson ran 28:25 (age grade 72:43%) to be the fastest female finisher over 65. Sisters are doin’ it for themselves!

In keeping with the IWD theme, 31 women beat the poet (pos. 171: 27:37). I was concerned with pacing my son Joseph on his return from injury, he particularly appreciated RD Alison’s words of encouragement from Minas Tirith at the start of the difficult second lap. We were competing in the Vitality Running World Cup 2020 to help Unicef raise money for child vaccination against diseases such as Tuberculosis. Download the app and get running a 5K every week to contribute to your nation’s weekly mileage. Currently, South Africa is in first place, while the United Kingdom is third. The top countries in the qualifiers will progress to the last 16 on March 14 and so on. The Final is on April 4, a parkrun day!!! Register and contribute your parkrun efforts at https://runningworldcup.com/

Poetry Corner #11

In the artistic portion of this week’s run report, some very fine haiku poetry from two
outstanding international poets. The short haiku poems which follow are very relevant to
Prom Park:

Marta Majorka Chocilowska (Poland)

a cry from the riverside
tears the fog
Published in Blithe Spirit #28.1, 2018

Iliyana Stoyanova (Bulgaria)

misty lake
only the arch
of a swan’s neck

Published in Living Haiku Anthology, 2017
Tim Gardiner
aka the parkrun poet
twitter: @parkrunpoetry

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Your Core Team:-
Sue Smith - Bob Gear - Belinda Amner - Elaine Vaughan - Alison Hughes - David Stokes - Michelle la Marre - Adele Bovingdon - Gordon McAulay - Gabi Boland - Andrew McGregor - John Buchanan - Jim Skillern

The event this week was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Tony FAULKNER • Elaine VAUGHAN • Barry HOBART • Louise HAWKINS • Alison HUGHES • Kate RODMAN • Michael Richard HAWKINS • David STOKES • Barbara HAMMOND • Michelle LAMARRE • Gabrielle BOLAND • Teresa TREDOUX • Deborah CUTLER • Alan CUTLER • James SKILLERN • Tim GARDINER • Alison FLIGHT • Colin FLIGHT • Elaine FERRIS • D HUNT • Andrew MCGREGOR • Lauren FLIGHT • Dave FERRIS • Leila HOBART • Edan STANWELL-SMITH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Maldon Prom parkrun Results Page.