Marlborough Common parkrun – Event 35 – 15 June 2019

After raining every day this week it was with a sense of trepidation that I set off from Taunton to Marlborough Common. Will there be a torrential downpour resulting in the event being cancelled, should I stay at home and batten down the hatches or start building an Ark? Thankfully the volunteer team are made of sterner stuff and the anticipated rain never materialised. I was greeted by a ray of sunshine in the form of the Run Director Jackie Snell and made to feel most welcome. It was a great feeling to be cheered on by both runners and volunteers alike, parkrun spirit at its best.

The course at Marlborough Common is on a mixture of trail paths and grass. Starting close to the south corner of the Common, you head north-west on a short section of track. It consists of two clockwise laps of the Common followed by a short leg to the finish.

Now for the statistics, there were 107 who ran jogged or walked at Marlborough Common and there were representatives from 20 clubs; Gade Valley Harriers, Marlborough & District Junior AC, Islwyn RC, Slinn Allstars, Highworth RC, Avon Valley Runners, Andover AC, North Wiltshire Orienteers, Kintbury Joggers, Defence Sports & Recreation, Running Forever Running Club, Christian Runners UK, Charles Derby Vitality Club, Wroughton Whippets, BADAS.SS, Hook Runners, Pewsey Vale RC, Newbury AC, Swindon Harriers and Vegan Runners.

The first finisher was Michael STONE with a time of 18:30 having run 92 times with Andover AC. Second was Alex SMITH with a time of 18:43 having run 32 times with Slinn Allstars. Third was Ed KNUDSEN with a time of 19:39 having run 91 times with Avon Valley Runners. The first female was Zelda ACKERMAN with a time of 24:25 having run 129 times. Second was Erica STUART with a time of 26:32 having run 9 times. Third was Sarah HALL with a time of 26:54 and a first timer to parkrun!
Superb running all round.

Congratulations to the spectacular 18 new Personal Bests; Paul STEEN, Darren NEWMAN, Michael PREST, Crispian GARTH, James MAYNEORD, Richard MAYNEORD, Andy MEAD, Melissa PARRY, Jenny GARTH, Louise GRIFFITHS, James COUPLAND, Harriet ROCHESTER, Emma Maureen WHEELER, Emma SAUNDERS, Jackie CHITTY, Debbie SOUTHERTON, Jan DE JONGE and Jo COWLEY.

A warm welcome to the 6 first timers to the parkrun family, Gary STEWART, Sarah HALL, Jessica EAVES, Terry EAVES, Eloise TAYLOR and Lucy DARBY. May this be the start of your parkrun journey.

A special shout out to Max GRAINGER who has volunteered for three months for his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. Special mention goes to Zelda ACKERMAN, a Run Director from parkrun South Africa who was the first female finisher.

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

This event would not have been possible without the help and encouragement of the following 27 Hi Vis Hero’s: Rachael BOONHAM, Fiona CHINNECK, Deborah CLARKE, Amy CLEWLEY, Jeremy FOOT, Charlie FRY, Angela FRY, Max GRAINGER, Deborah HARDOON, Mary HEATH, Heather HOWELLS, Poppy HOWELLS, Kieran HUGHES, Wendy JACKSON, Clare KELLAR, Alison LEIGHFIELD, Pete MOODY, Kate PHILP, Cathryn RAMSDEN, Arthur RAMSDEN, Michael REYNOLDS, William SANDISON, Jackie SNELL, Michael STONE, Sue TULLOH, Rachel WATSON, Alan YEADON

If you would like to volunteer simply email marlboroughcommonhelpers@parkrun.com

Thank you Marlborough Common parkrun for making me so welcome.

Kieran Hughes, Longrun Meadow parkrun (Taunton)