Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 24 – 30 March 2019

What a beautiful morning for our 24th event at Marlborough. Hardly a breath of wind and warm Spring sunshine made it a perfect morning for a run, jog or walk around the Common. Perhaps that was what spurred on the 67 parkrunners who achieved PBs today. And we had the excitement of a new course record! Many congratulations to Joe Ballard who completed it in an impressive time of 17:03. We hope our tourist visitors from Birmingham, Winchester, Chippenham, Bristol and Stevenage enjoyed seeing the Common at its best, and will make a return visit at some point. If they do they can experience all over again the amazing support and enthusiasm offered by our volunteers each week - our hi-viz heroes, 20 of whom helped to put on our event this morning.

It seems wrong in a way to single out any of our wonderful and loyal helpers - however I’m about to do just that, inspired by parkrunner Pauline, who wanted to thank one particular marshal today. Charlie, together with his wife Angela, has been one of our most regular (and vocal!) marshals ever since parkrun came to Marlborough. He can be relied on to keep runners in line at the tricky ‘First’ corner, or wherever a nice shouty marshal is required. More importantly, week in week out he offers the encouragement that is so very much needed on some more difficult mornings. He has been known to help injured runners over the line, and has generally been the most cheerful, welcome face at every run he’s been to.

Charlie, Angela and all our fantastic volunteers are the very best thing about parkrun. We are incredibly lucky to be able to rely on their/your support each week, and so we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has ever put on the hi-viz and helped us out. If you’ve never done it before do please consider it - check out http://www.parkrun.org.uk/marlboroughcommon/futureroster/ and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to try. Email us at marlboroughcommon@parkrun.com or just find one of us next week if there’s anything more you’d like to know.

Finally, we have 2 items of lost property - a navy fleece and a navy hoodie, which we will hold for a couple of weeks. And we’ve lost a handful of our finish tokens, so please check pockets in case they’ve accidentally gone home with you, and return if possible!

We look forward to seeing you again, volunteering or running, next Saturday morning at 9.

Clare Kellar

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