It was two very reluctant Beers (Mum, Gilly and Son, Morgan) who ventured out this morning to take part in the weekly Marlborough parkrun. We are definitely not ‘runners’ but enjoy joining in each week, mainly because of the amazingly supportive atmosphere provided by other runners/walkers, along with the enthusiastic and dedicated team of volunteers. What a difference it makes to see those cheerful faces as we are bravely putting one foot in front of the other to get to the finish line! My son in particular has benefited from their huge support with shouts of, ‘Come on Morgan, you can do it!!’ cheering him on from the sidelines. It’s a challenge in itself to get a 15 year old out of his bedroom at 8am on a Saturday morning, to brave the elements and run for 5km, but it’s the support of this amazing team that has helped to get him there each week. Thank you!
The ‘reverse’ run is still in place for the summer, which is popular with me but not Morgan. This week 106 people ran, jogged and walked the course with us, of whom 25 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part. Conditions were nearly perfect for us, as it was not too hot, not too windy and soft underfoot but not muddy! However, Morgan was a tad rusty today, having missed a few parkruns, so progress was slow. Our PBs stubbornly remain at 33.58 (Gilly) and 34.18 (Morgan) but we are on a mission to get our times down to 30 mins. This is primarily due to the fact that Mr Beer (Ian) wishes all of us to reach this target by the time he reaches his 50th birthday in September. This gives us 5 weeks in which to get our times down (ouch!). Not helped by the fact that two Marlborough parkruns are cancelled (31st August and 7th September) due to the circus coming to town (well worth a visit by the way https://www.giffordscircus.com).
Maybe time to try some parkrun tourism me thinks…
Today’s event was made possible by 27 amazing volunteers:
Alice SAINSBURY • Alison LEIGHFIELD • Amanda GILES • Andrew WEEKS • Angela FRY • Arthur RAMSDEN • Cameron FRASER • Cathryn RAMSDEN • Charlie FRY • Cheryl MOORE • Clare KELLAR • Colin SAINSBURY • Deborah CLARKE • Fiona CHINNECK • Fiona HADDRELL • Gemma LAWTON • Gillian BEER • Guy SAINSBURY • Jeremy FOOT • Kate PHILP • Kim SEWARD • Mary HEATH • Michael REYNOLDS • Pete MOODY • Rachel WATSON • Wendy JACKSON • William SANDISON
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Marlborough Common parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Holly RUSH who recorded a time of 19:45 on 25th May 2019 (event number 32).
The male record is held by Simon NOTT who recorded a time of 16:03 on 1st June 2019 (event number 33).
The Age Grade course record is held by Cath WHEELER who recorded 83.35% (22:19) on 13th April 2019 (event number 26).
Marlborough Common parkrun started on 22nd September 2018. Since then 1,959 participants have completed 5,943 parkruns covering a total distance of 29,715 km, including 1,347 new Personal Bests. A total of 173 individuals have volunteered 1,004 times.