Millhouses Parkrun #35 Run Report; December 4th 2021
We start this week with a very special mention to one of our visiting volunteers today: Syd BURNS volunteered for the 249th time today and is already rostered to do his 250th volunteer stint at his home Parkrun in Penrith next Saturday. Not only does Syd have this enviable record for volunteering, but he’s also a professional encourager to the runners and we are very proud that he joined us today.
As always we offer our sincere thanks to all of our volunteers, and never more so than on days like today. Today’s volunteers were: Chelsea ALLEN, Alison ARMES, Peter ATKIN, Kathryn AXON, Nick BURNS, Syd BURNS, Emma BUTCHER, Max CHOI, Michelle CLARKE, Dave DARWENT, Joel DRIVER, Joanne GLEIG, David HODGES, Brian JENKINS, Kathryn LIDDIARD, Zaheer MAHMOOD, Josh MEYER, Helen MISZCZAK, Alison MOSELEY, Annie NAYLOR, Sam NEEDHAM, Paul NEWEY, Georgina ROSS, Barbara SALMON, Jennie STEVENS, Anne STRONG, Elizabeth WARD, Andrew WATERS – and we hope you have all thawed and dried out again now!
Depending whether you are a Meteorologist or not, today was either the first parkrun of Winter or just another Autumn parkrun, respectively. Whichever you follow, after last week’s snow and ice caused a cancellation, today’s veritable smorgasbord of wind, rain, sun, rainbows and cold was enough to leave anyone wondering what season it was!
One volunteer commented, before the start, that you can tell we are “hardy Northerners” when you see runners in the same vests and athletic shorts they wear in a heatwave waiting for the start in this weather. Numbers were down today; but that probably has more to do with Percy Pud tomorrow than the weather today.
213 “hardy Northerners” (by no means all from the north as we had plenty of visiting runners) ran, jogged, trotted or walked with us today, finishing with times between 17m41s (first timer Richard Pearson) and 47m51s. 46 of the runners were first timers at Millhouses, of whom 4 were completely new to Parkrun. There were 28 new PB’s and 2 milestones: James CHARLES joined the 100 club today, as did one of our Millhouses first timers, David BEATTY. Several runners were well into the 300’s of runs, but our most experienced Parkrunner today was Janet GLOVER on her 387th Parkrun.
It’s always great to have a particular good news story to tell, and today we’d like to share Sammy DAVIS’ story. Sammy has Long Covid and prior to the pandemic and lockdowns she had done lots of running. Since having Covid and developing Long Covid she has been working hard to get back to her pre-covid pace. Today was Sammy’s 3rd run at Millhouses, but crucially it was her first Parkrun since the start of the pandemic. On reaching the finish line Sammy was overjoyed and quite emotional. She is keen to raise awareness of Long Covid and its impact on running and other things which we might have taken for granted before Covid entered our world.
With two more Parkruns before Christmas (much more fun working out Parkruns to Christmas than shopping days … healthier too!) and our January 1st New Year Parkrun confirmed too, don’t forget to offer to volunteer if you can.