Our hi-vis heroes and 151 parkrunners arrived at West End Park to be briefed by Nicky, on a bright and warm Saturday morning. Nine people ran their very first parkrun.
Tourists were welcomed, birthdays celebrated, and milestones announced. The biggest cheer was for Gemma Sommersby who today qualifies for her free black t-shirt, having completed 100 parkruns. Congratulations Gemma, huge achievement!
It's interesting looking at the results, sometimes, and observing the progress runners are making. Of the 19 runners who achieved personal bests today five were running their second parkrun, nine had run between three and ten, and only five runners who have run more than 10 parkruns ran their fastest ever parkrun today. Of those Graeme Dedman was running his 87th parkrun, shaving a mighty 30 seconds off his previous best time. Graeme is working hard on a controlled heart rate based training plan, the idea being you only get faster by training slower. It definitely seems to be working wonders for him, and I'd not be surprised if we have a future celebrity in our midst... “The Dedman Walking” training plan could be the next big thing in running!
Well done to all who got personal bests, and indeed to anyone who rocked up and covered the distance. A finish is a finish irrespective of how long it takes.